the first dessert I baked for my then-fiance was red velvet cake, and he was hooked...I love to cook, and my 3 daughters are following in my footsteps. This is a collection of recipes that we love. Feel free to comment - good, bad, indifferent - if you try any, let me know how they turn out.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cream Puffs, anyone?

Have you ever made them? I did one time, until yesterday - WAY back in 9th grade. We saw some at a bakery last week, and the girls asked me to buy some. My usual approach to that is to make the food at home, if possible (the last one was $6 funnel cakes)- so we did, the girls all helped, and they turned out great. We filled them with homemade vanilla pudding, and drizzled chocolate sauce over.

1 cup water
1/2 stick butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400*. Heat water and butter to rolling boil in 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Stir in flour; reduce heat. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at once (yes, I thought they would scramble, but I stirred and my oldest daughter poured, so we didn't end up with egg casserole); continue beating until smooth. Drop dough (it's sticky!) by large spoonfuls at least 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 30-45 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool away from draft. Cut off top one-third of each puff and pull out any filaments of soft dough. Fill puffs , replace tops, and dust with powdered sugar or as desired. Refrigerate any remaining puffs. (we filled the ones we were having for dessert, and then froze the remaining empty puffs.)

-these would be good bite-sized, filled, and frozen - like you can get as a sample at Costco :D
-have all your ingredients measured and ready - once the liquids come to a boil, it all has to come together quickly
-the dough doesn't smell that great

From Betty Crocker's Cookbook

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