This easy cream puff recipe, aka Windbeutel, is among some of the most impressive quick dessert recipes you'll find. They are great filled with whipped cream, pudding, fruit, almost anything! If you want to make eclairs, pipe the dough into oblong shapes, about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. They are shown below, glazed with chocolate and served with fresh fruit. OR, make a Cream Puff Cake, also shown below!
Or, make these cream puff swans (instructions below)... easy enough for kids to help you assemble.
A chocolate glaze on top is delicious as well. For this, use about 3 tablespoons of cream, 2 oz. of semisweet or unsweetened chocolate, and 1 cup icing sugar.
In a small pot, melt the chocolate slowly in the cream. Whisk in the icing sugar until smooth. Dip the tops of the filled cream puffs in the glaze. Let set on a wire rack until the glaze has set. That's what I did for these eclairs shown above left.
Serve with extra whipped cream if desired, and/or fresh fruit.
To make the swan puffs, remove 1/4 of the dough and use it to pipe the swans heads/necks. Do this by piping with a small tip the number "2". Make as many of these as you have puffs.
Bake the head/neck for about 10 minutes. Then bake the puffs.
When cooled, cut the top off. Cut that into 2 pieces to form the wings. Fill the puffs with whipped cream, insert the head/neck and place add the wings. Voila! Swan Cream Puffs!
Even though the results look amazing, the process of making the dough is so easy. And it's actually fun to cut the puffs apart, pull out the soft insides (tastes like pancakes), and then fill them.
Not many 11-year olds can tell their friends that they know how to make cream puffs or Pâte à Choux!
Here's the cake my granddaughter, Alana, wanted for her 16th Birthday celebration. A huge cream puff!
I followed the recipe as above for the dough. I then piped it several times in an 8-inch circle onto parchment paper. It baked for just a few minutes longer than the cream puffs.
I filled it with whipped cream that I added Whip-it to. I needed 3 cups of whipping cream (with 3 packages of Whip-it) to fill this properly.
The chocolate glaze is made by pouring 1 cup of hot whipping cream into a bowl with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I let that stand about 5 minutes and then stirred it well. Let it cool slightly before pouring it over the cake.
Keep chilled until ready to serve. LECKER!
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