Cream Puffs

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Makes 8 large cream puffs or 36 mini cream puffs.
Lynne Kuhne, Sonora, California
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Filled with a vanilla pastry cream and covered in chocolate, these cream puffs are absolutely delicious!

This recipe can also be used to make éclairs. Simply form the dough into logs rather than balls before baking.

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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a saucepan, heat butter and 1 cup water to a boil. Add flour and stir vigorously over low heat, until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs all at once and continue beating until smooth.

Drop dough in balls (or logs, for éclairs) onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown. Cool.

Pastry Cream Filling

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt.

In another bowl, beat eggs. Add to flour mixture and stir until well combined.

In a saucepan, heat milk to almost boiling (until milk forms bubbles at edge of pan.) Add milk, a small ladleful at a time, to flour mixture and whisk vigorously. Repeat, using about half of milk. Combine flour mixture and remaining milk in saucepan and whisk to blend. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When mixture is thick, like pudding, it should also be just starting to boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and whisk to blend. Let cool.

Slice cooled puffs (horizontally or vertically) and add filling.

Chocolate Topping

1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
1 teaspoon butter
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in hot water. Mix until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth. Drizzle over filled cream puffs. Refrigerate.

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