Cream Puffs

Did you all have a good New Year’s? Have you made New Year’s resolutions? I prefer to set goals for myself instead of making resolutions. Cliff and I usually make them together. We have not done ours yet this year but in years past we usually make it a goal to travel to somewhere new, and finish some projects around the house.  And of course, eat healthier and exercise more. That’s the tough one! I know many of you probably have resolutions to lose weight, so I have a challenge for you! Just try not to make these cream puffs! I know, I’m cruel. Our first post of 2012 and it is one of the best desserts we have ever made.

Growing up my Grandma always made cream puffs for dessert. I remember my cousins and I always fighting over them. And finally she just stopped making them. I asked my Dad if he had her cream puff recipe and he said that he thinks they were store bought. Well, I was fooled. I always thought she made them homemade! Kelly and I set out to find a cream puff recipe that we thought would live up to the ones we remembered from our childhood. I must say, these cream puffs were even better than I remember. They are a lot of work. Which is actually a good thing, because I can’t just whip them up whenever I feel like it! But they are worth the work once in awhile! We served these for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and everyone really liked them. Just go ahead and try to resist them!!

Here is what you’ll need

Add the half and half and the sugar to a saucepan, heat over medium high heat

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar

Add the cornstarch and whisk until pale yellow in color

Once the sugar/half and half mixture has begun to simmer and the sugar is dissolved add it slowly to the egg mixture

Add everything back to the saucepan and add the butter and vanilla. Cook until it becomes shiny and creamy

Strain and refrigerate

Now for the batter, whisk the eggs and set aside

Add the butter, milk, water, sugar, and salt to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

Remove from heat and add the flour

Transfer to a food processer and process for about 10 seconds

Gradually add the eggs and process another 30 seconds

Pipe mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake about 13 minutes

Slit the puffs with a small knife

Fill the puffs with the pastry cream

Heat the half and half and chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir in the powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth and dip the cream puffs in chocolate.

Try not to eat them all yourself!