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Special Occasions: Cream Puffs and Profiteroles

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs got me through a lot of guest dinners. They look so amazing, they taste so good, and they are really easy to make. So give it a try, and have fun.

The secret is taking the top off while they are still hot, and pulling out the filiments of excess dough so it doesn’t steam the puff from within and wilt it. They are so easy, we even taught them to kids in a summer fun program when we lived in Tunisia. They loved putting the whipped cream in (I think more got in the kids than in the creme puffs)

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400°F/ 200°C. Heat water and butter to strong rolling boil. Stir in flour, stir vigorously over low heat about one minute or until mixture forms a ball. (You’ll know it when you see it.)

Remove from heat, beat in eggs, all at one time, continue beating and beating until smooth. Drop dough by Tablespoons 3” apart onto UNGREASED baking sheet. Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from drafts. Cut off tops, pull out filaments of dough inside.
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When ready to serve, fill with Creme Chantilly, put the top on, and drizzle chocolate syrup over top and down the sides. Gorgeous!

Creme Chantilly

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sifted powdered (sometimes called confectioners) sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whip the whipping cream until just stiff, quickly fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

Chocolate Syrup

3 Tablespoons Hershey’s cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoon(s) HOT water

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Mix together cocoa powder and butter, and melt over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon hot water. Beat until smooth. Only add more hot water if it is too thick; needs to be “drizzle-able”.

Profiteroles
Profiteroles are very small cream puffs, just smaller balls, same dough, cooked, covered with the same chocolate syrup. Instead of serving one cream puff, you serve maybe six small profiteroles.
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October 11, 2007 - Posted by | Chocolate, Cooking, Eid, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Recipes, Uncategorized

14 Comments »

  1. Thank God that these are the last days of Ramadhan! Ur pictures almost made me break my fast!

    Comment by This Lady Says | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. Your comment made me LOL! Yeh, it wasn’t far, Lady. Sorry. I was just thinking ahead to the Eid, and these would be very special, elegant and VERY EASY. (Easy is big on my cooking priorities!)

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. […] Special Occasions: Cream Puffs and Profiteroles They are so easy, we even taught them to kids in a summer fun program when we lived in Tunisia. They loved putting the whipped cream in (I… […]

    Pingback by Tunisia » Blog Archives » Enchufes y voltaje en todo el mundo | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. ahhhhhhhh! I love them!! Thanks

    Comment by chikapappi | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. Special for you, Chikki!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. […] Special Occasions: Cream Puffs and Profiteroles They are so easy, we even taught them to kids in a summer fun program when we lived in Tunisia. They loved putting the whipped cream in (I… […]

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  7. *drooool*! I am glad i didnt see these before futoor! they look amazing!

    Comment by vixenfatale | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  8. MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!

    Comment by Sparkle | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. Vixen – ahlen wa sahlen – they are SO good! Be sure to use real whipped cream in the centers.

    Sparkle – yes! And a big thanks to our Mom, who introduced us to Creme Puffs!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  10. Eid Mubarak. Look at that, here we are with a special occasion and all…

    Comment by Cozy Sister | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  11. Oh Cozy Sister, my Kuwaiti readers are going to love your blog – what’s not to love? Islam in America, good food AND original jewelry at reasonable prices . . . you are a dream!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  12. I got a strange sense of deja vu when I saw the profiteroles :O

    Comment by 3baid | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  13. Oh 3baid! *dying laughing* You’ve had a profiterole or two during Ramadan/Eid??

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  14. I just tried your recipe. Everything works and it’s so easy! Thanks! 🙂

    Comment by dawn | February 5, 2010 | Reply


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