Homemade Cream Puffs Recipe
Pâte â choux
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg - lightly beaten
vanilla bean whipped cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- pinch of salt
- powdered sugar - for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- To make the pâte â choux, place a medium size saucepan over low heat. Add butter, sugar, water and salt, stirring frequently. Turn heat up to a low boil, remove from head and add in flour. Stir vigorously until the mixture forms a thick paste and no flour pockets remain. Place over medium heat and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly to prevent burning (a thin film will form on the bottom of your pan, and that's ok).
- Place the hot paste into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until it becomes slightly cooler. Then add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. The mixture will look shiny and will stick to the sides of the bowl. Beat for an additional 2 minutes on medium. Scoop dough into a large piping bag fitted with a large tip (around a ½" in diameter). Pipe 1½"circles onto the prepared baking sheet (about ¾" in height), spacing each two inches apart to reduce the risk of them baking into each other. Gently brush a light layer of beaten egg over each, try not to allow any of the wash to drip onto the parchment (if this happens, just wipe it up so it doesn't make the cream puffs stick).
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, open the oven, rotate the pan and reduce the heat to 350˚F, bake for an additional 20 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 300˚F and bake for 20 minutes to allow the pastry shells to dry out. That makes a total of 60 minutes or 1 hour at three separate temperatures. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile to make the whipped cream, in a chilled bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla bean paste and salt. Beat on medium-high until the cream becomes stiff, about 1-2 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to keep cold until needed.
- When the pastry shells have cooled, slice the top off of each one. Place the chilled whipped cream into a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip, pipe and fill each bottom. Place the top on each one, then lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediate or store in the refrigerator for 1 day.
Recipe source: adapted from The Art and Soul of Baking, by Cindy Mushet