Cream Puff

 Posted by  Dessert
Dec 022013

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I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving get together…

As the holiday season approaches, these little cream puffs are perfect…they are small bites filled with creamy vanilla cream (lighter version of pastry cream) and topped with chocolate ganache. This recipe is adapted from “Flour” from Joanne Chang cookbook.

I must admit that there are many steps in order to bake these little cream puffs, but trust me, it is well worth it.

So here it is…


Pâte à choux

½ cup butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup water (240 ml)
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Vanilla pastry cream

2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cake flour
1 pinch salt
5 egg yolks
½ cup heavy cream

Chocolate Ganache

4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup milk


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Pâte à choux

Heat oven to 400F.

In a medium pan heat the butter, sugar, salt and water until all the butter is melted. Add the flour all at once and use a wooden spoon to stir the flour into the liquid until fully incorporated. Keep mixing until the dough starts to loose from the bottom of the pan.

Remove from the heat and transfer the dough into a mixing bowl. Mix the dough at medium speed to allow the steam to escape and cool slightly.

Add one egg at the time by beating constantly at medium speed. The dough should be glossy and shiny.

Fit a pastry bag and pipe out little balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Make sure that you leave some space in between the balls. Using a wet finger push down the tips.

Place the baking sheet in the oven (middle rack) and after 15 minutes (after the pastries inflate), turn down the oven to 325F and continue to bake for another30 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let cool completely on wire racks.

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Vanilla pastry cream

Place the milk in a small pan over medium heat, and scald it (bubbles forming on the side, not boiling). In the meantime, stir together in a medium bowl the sugar, cake flour and salt. In another small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly add the egg yolks into the flour mix until a thick paste is formed.

Remove the milk from the heat and slowly add the milk into the egg yolk and flour paste whisking constantly. Once the milk is all incorporated, return the mix in the pan and place over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens. Continue to mix gently until the cream boils and is bubbling.

Remove the cream from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Mix gently.

Place the cream in a bowl and cover with a plastic film directly onto the cream which will prevent a skin to form. Refrigerate until cold.

Before filling the pastries, in a medium bowl whisk the heavy cream until it holds a peak. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cold pastry cream until well combined.
Cover and refrigerate.

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Chocolate ganache

Place all the ingredients in a heat proof bowl. Place the bowl in a small saucepan with hot water over low heat without the bowl touching the water.

Gently mix until all the chocolate and butter are completely melted and the mixture is smooth and shiny. Let it cool to room temperature.

To fill the cream puff with the cream, either make a small hole and using a piping bag filled with the cream pipe into the puffs or cut the puffs and spoon the cream in it.

Using a teaspoon, gently spoon the ganache over the filled cream puffs. Let them sit for a while until the chocolate ganache is set. Refrigerate and serve.

Once the pastries are completely cooled, they can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Before filling, refresh the pastries in a 325F oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Let it cool completely and fill.

The cream and the ganache can be made and store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and 1 week, respectively.

To use the ganache, bring to room temperature or warm it up slightly.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe…

Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for visiting Color Your Recipes!

  65 Responses to “Cream Puff”

  1. ah dear! these beauties look absolutely amazing!!! xoxoxo

  2. Such pretty, pretty puffs!

  3. Dear Juliana,
    They look so professional and gorgeous your puffs!! I never tried to make choux pastry or anything like that and one of this days I really have o give it a go!!
    Cheers and have a great week,

  4. Dear Juliana, what perfect little pretty Cream Puffs with delicious vanilla pastry cream and wonderful chocolate ganache! I love the way the chocolate on top is so shiny! I have not made any Cream Puffs for the longest time and now I feel an urge to make some a.s.a.p. – the kids love them too, so they would be delighted if I finally made some again!
    Thank you for the inspiration and have a wonderful Monday!

  5. Nothing beats the satisfaction of perfectly made cream puffs like yours.

  6. Que perfeição Ju, ficaram uma fofura e com certeza deliciosas, bjs e uma linda semana, Ana ;).

  7. Those came out absolutely perfectly!!

  8. Great job! You are very ambitious! I’m not a baker, and I won’t attempt these, but I enjoyed reading about the process and looking at your beautiful photos!

    Have a great week, Juliana!

  9. Ohhh mi queridaJjuliana es un gran trabajo y estàn ricos y perfectos,abrazos.

  10. Wow, I love these mini cream puffs! I’m imagining popping them one by one into my mouth now. Lol!

  11. Lovely sweet treats! I love choux with ice-cream and warm chocolate, but this version sounds delicious too.

  12. I have always loved these, but have never attempted to make them myself. They look like they turned out great! Nice work!

  13. We love cream puffs and yours looks incredibly pretty and tasty! I would never have thought to make them at home but yours turned out absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for sharing Juliana and hope you have a great week!

  14. Fabulous and I am loving it. I made cream puffs donkey years ago and have forgotten how to make it. Thanks for the recipe and step by step process. Will try out soon after sorting out my missing domain with Google apps.

  15. What beauties, Juliana! I love to eat cream puffs chilled…ah, and the cream filling is simply a fave!!!! Have a wonderful week!!!! xx

  16. Your cream puffs came out perfectly! I love the ganache on top, too. I made profiteroles and cream puffs a few months ago and it was lovely – you’ve reminded me to try again (it’s a bit of work but very worth the, I found you can freeze them and re-heat to crisp them up). This must have made a very special dessert. Happy Holidays!

  17. Oh, these look so good!

  18. What a beautiful recipe, and wonderful photographs! I love cream puffs – my hubby has just seen this and asked when I’m going to make him some. Your step by step photos will help tremendously when I do ;-)

  19. wow these look divine made like a pro pastry chef

  20. Your cream puffs look wonderful. In French we call them profiterole. I have always been mystified and dazzled by the process of making Pâte à choux.

  21. Everyone loves cream puffs! And what a great tutorial, too!

  22. They look perfect! I miss some cream puffs now!

  23. Really Juliana? You read my mind!!! I love love love cream puffs! So yum! I love all the extra work you go to, to provide multiples of pictures. It’s so helpful! I’m pinning and marking this as one of my favorites!

  24. You’ve got a favorite of mine here! I just learned to make choux paste in cooking school and now I can’t get enough of it. I just made gougeres for Thanksgiving. Your cream puffs look perfect, and your step by step photos are a great tutorial!

  25. wow, finger licking good!
    the pictorial is stunning to juliana….
    my mom used to filled it with durian icecream on christmas gathering…………

  26. This is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert. He doesn’t often eat dessert but if these are on offer, there’s never a ‘no thanks’ from him. I should make him some today.

  27. These puffs look perfect. This is my husband’s favourite dessert.

  28. These look to die for, Juliana! I wouldn’t be surprised if all of it was gone in minutes! ;)

  29. Okay, I would have never thought to have made cream puffs at home! I love it! They came out fantastic!

  30. I have had cream puffs on my cooking “To Do” list for a long time. Yours look like they turned out wonderfully!

  31. Good job on the cream puffs. I love those!

  32. Hi Juliana, love this cream puff, I can have several at one go. LOL
    Yours look really good and very well baked. Nice pictures.

    Have a lovely week ahead,

  33. Hi Juliana,
    Your cream puffs looks wonderful! We love eating cream puffs, especially when freshly made, it would be so difficult to stop at just one or two!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  34. Hi Juliana! Just wanted to stop by and wish you ‘Happy Holidays’ …looks like you are baking up a storm and your cream puffs look delicious-a perfect holiday dessert ;)

  35. I love making cream puffs. Yours are adorable and so decadent looking. What a yummy treat for the upcoming holidays!

  36. Hi Juliana,

    Being a typically chocoholic me, I’m admiring the glossy chocolate topping if your cream puff… Yum!

    Happy Holidays to you too :D


  37. Cream puffs are great! They’re one of the first things I cooked (mostly) by myself – I think I was maybe 12. You’ve reminded me I need to make some again, and soon! Thanks for this.

  38. I love cream puffs but I haven’t tried making them yet. These are great!

  39. I love anything with choux pastry and ganache. These look so pretty and your step by step tutorials will tempt anybody to give them a try!

  40. looks soo tempting dear…very tempting…

  41. Your photos are wonderful, Juliana. They make you want to get right up and make those cream puffs ASAP!
    So pretty. And I do love pastry cream. :)
    They are so festive and you made them perfectly.

  42. Really wish I were more into baking. A friend of mine needs to make me puffs all the time. You make them look quite easy though. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a lovely weekend.

  43. Your cream puffs look perfect. I’d like to have a few of these right now. Great tutorial and photos. Happy Holidays!

  44. Juliana I am drooling just looking at them! You made them perfectly!

  45. This looks great! I just had this last week but without the ganache. Super yummy puffs!

  46. Ohh mi querida Juliana se ve absolutamente delicioso una gran receta,abrazos

  47. Cream puffs are one my favorite desserts. Yours look so yummy. The recipe that I have used in the past doesn’t have the sugar in it, I like this one better. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving too.

  48. First, I just have to tell you Juliana how much I LOVE the name of your “new” blog. I know I’ve told you before but, just “landing” here brightens my day:)

    I happen to be a pretty good cream puff maker. I know it sounds funny coming from me, lol…But, I just don’t make them enough. I really should make an effort though. Your steps are inspiring and those cream puffs of yours look delicately delicious:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Juliana…

  49. I have cream puffs on my to-do list now. They look so perfect!

  50. pretty little bites and gorgeous filling :D

  51. Such beautiful profiteroles. Wish I could make them so perfect.

  52. These are some perfect looking cream puff, Juliana. Love cream puffs but never tried at home. Thanks for the recipe.

  53. hi juliana, i always enjoy eating cream puffs. Those are wonderful looking puffs..and am sure it is very delicious!

  54. Such beauties! They look delicate and delicious, Juliana!
    The pictures are amazing, and make my mouth water just by looking at them:)

  55. Hi Juliana, such cute and tempting mini cream puffs…. How I wish to have it with a cup of hot coffee right now. Have a great week ahead :)

  56. yumm, I want a dozen of those to go!!.

  57. Great photos and a great idea that is my favourite dessert

  58. What a delicious idea for the holidays! There are so many delicious ways to fill cream puffs.

  59. I love cream puffs and when I start eating it, I just couldn’t stop. You made it even better with chocolate toppings. Oh boy this is torture. Thank you Juliana and have a great week ahead! :)

  60. Love cream puffs! These were the first things I made as a teen for my friends. Yours look so delicious!

  61. Juliana, I did have a nice Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I made the ‘pumpkin pie’ using Butternut squash. Your cream puffs look great- I’m especially drooling because I just started (another) diet!

  62. Hi Juliana, your Cream Puffs, are made…’down to a science’ perfection, along with the helpful tutorial!
    The droolworthy cream filling, and the chocolate ganache is making me drool over the amazing cream puffs. I’m bookmarking this page; because, even though I’ve made it it’s been a long time ago…your tutorial and recipe is the BEST!

  63. You are so talented. The choux pastry looks perfect and those cream puffs are to die for!

  64. It’s a long time I have not eaten these puffs. Now I want some. I can just see myself popping one after another into my mouth :D What a way to chase away the winter blues…..hehe

  65. Hi Juliana,
    These are my favorite! Yours look amazing!