Choux pastry -- fill with sweetened whipped cream or custard.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 large puffs
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In medium saucepan, combine shortening, salt and boiling water and heat until entire mixture boils. Reduce heat, add flour all at once and stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is thick and shiny and breaks from spoon.

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  • Pipe or spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake 20 minutes more, or until golden and sound hollow when tapped. Cool and fill.

Nutrition Facts

137 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 8.1g; fat 10.3g; cholesterol 62mg; sodium 47.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2007
I make cream puffs a few times a year and this is a really good recipe. Make sure you cook the flour till it pulls away from the sides of the pan and looks kinda dry and don't forget 1 egg at a time. Don't cut out steps. You can fill these with anything. I make custard or a nepoleon cream. You can also fill with fresh fruit like berries maserated in sugar with a spoon of whipped cream. I usually drizzle with chocolate or a hard caramel. If you like them sweet use about 2T. sugar in the water, flour, butter mixture. If you want to make these savory omit sugar, up the salt a little and you can even add pepper to them to make them tastier. Fill with salmon mousse or a savory cheese spread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2011
I could not get these to puff...Followed the recipe to a Tee...Wish they had though cuz you all made them sound so yummy! Read More
(8)
125 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2007
I make cream puffs a few times a year and this is a really good recipe. Make sure you cook the flour till it pulls away from the sides of the pan and looks kinda dry and don't forget 1 egg at a time. Don't cut out steps. You can fill these with anything. I make custard or a nepoleon cream. You can also fill with fresh fruit like berries maserated in sugar with a spoon of whipped cream. I usually drizzle with chocolate or a hard caramel. If you like them sweet use about 2T. sugar in the water, flour, butter mixture. If you want to make these savory omit sugar, up the salt a little and you can even add pepper to them to make them tastier. Fill with salmon mousse or a savory cheese spread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
I've made these so many times and they turn out really good every time. I fill these with whipped cream mixed with cream cheese 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/3 cup sugar 8oz cream cheese and they taste like little cheese cakes but in cream puff shells. And on some variations I drizzle melted chocolate on the shells. Always a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
In Australia we know these as profiteroles (a French dish) and people make a spectacular wedding cake out of them by building the filled puffs into a pyramid and covering them with a hard toffee glaze. As plain profiteroles we serve them filled with whipped cream or custard and covered in chocolate sauce. This is a very good recipe! My oven is gas and only needed 220 degrees Celcius, not 230 for the first 20 minutes. One trick I know is that if some are still a little raw inside it is not unheard of just to scoop out the uncooked bit!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2005
I am a BIG proponent of using butter rather than marg or shortening, but in these, I recommend marg or shortening - it produces a better result. Also, try layering the filling - the cream cheese/whipped cream on the bottom - on top, add some lemon curd or vanilla or chocolate pudding (I'm recommending these in the order in which I think they "work"), then top with whipped cream. Finely grated lemon zest on top of the lemon filled pastries is wonderful. They look glorious, and (especially with the lemon curd) are a HUGE hit! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2006
Hubby loves cream puffs so I make these often for him. You can also substitute beer for the water and fill the puffs with chicken tuna or egg salad! Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2003
This recipe makes a very good cream puff. I fill with instant vanilla pud- ding. Also melt semi-sweet choc. chips with small amount of shortening and dip tops of puffs. DMES Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
Every time I've made these they come out perfect! No one believes that I made them I also took another's advise & fill them with 1/2 c whipping cream 1/3 c sugar 8 oz cream cheese. They're a huge hit at any gathering. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
fan - bleeping - tastic! The only change I made was I do not use shortening. I use butter. I also used a 1 inch cookie scoop because I like smaller puffs. These take about half the time to cook so what them closely the first time you make this size. I filled them with christinibeanies pastry cream which is the best I have ever had. DO NOT CUT OFF THE TOPS! Use a wilton #2 tip to puncture the side or tope of puff. Fill a pastry bag with cream and a # 8 tip and fill puff. You will feel when it is filled. Then dip in chocolate ganache. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
Fast easy delicious - I filled it with real whipped cream and drizzled chocolate on top! Read More
(21)
Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2011
I could not get these to puff...Followed the recipe to a Tee...Wish they had though cuz you all made them sound so yummy! Read More
(8)
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