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Souffles De Crème (Cream Puffs)

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“This recipe is from a French cooking class I took about twenty-five years ago. I decided to post it now for Zaar World Tour II.”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
24
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt to a rolling boil; remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in flour and stir until dough comes together; add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until batter is smooth.
  4. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet; use wet fork tines to fluff up each mound of dough.
  5. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue baking for another 15 minutes until pastry puffs are light golden-brown; turn off oven but do NOT open oven door; after several minutes remove puffs from oven and slice; return puffs to baking sheet then return sheet to oven; allow puffs to rest several minutes inside oven with oven door slightly ajar.
  6. Stir together sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan; add milk, vanilla, and egg yolks; cook over low-medium heat, stirring, until thick; cool in refrigerator.
  7. Whip cream until stiff and fold it gently into cooled filling mixture; spoon or pipe filling into pastry puffs; sprinkle powdered sugar over top.
  8. NOTE: The unfilled puffs freeze well, may later be filled with your favorite chicken or ham salads, and can be made small-sized for appetizers ~ I've often enjoyed them this way at wedding showers :) .

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