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11.20.2006
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Nana's Cream Puff Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (real butter, not margarine)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup WELL SIFTED flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. HAVE ALL INGREDIENTS READY. Bring butter & water to a boil. As it comes to a full boil, add sifted flour & salt. Gently stir until it forms a ball, then remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, add eggs ONE AT A TIME to dough. Blend well with hands (or, if it is too hot, use a spoon or other utensil) after each addition. The dough will be sticky; try not to handle it too much. Place in mounds on greased cookie sheet. The size is up to you, but I prefer the size of a golf ball or an egg. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the mounds are "puffed up" & golden brown. Let the puffs "dry" in the oven for a few minutes with the heat off. Remove them from the oven & cut a small vent in the side to allow steam to escape. Cool. Using the vent as a starting point, slice three-quarters around & fill. Then just drizzle chocolate or caramel on top & serve!*

*I think these are best served fresh (the same day), but the unfilled puffs can be stored in an airtight container & used for a few days. It's best not to fill them & store in the refrigerator because the puffs will become soggy.

Pudding can be used for a quick & easy filling. Make sure to use whole milk to prepare the pudding. Mix about a cup of Cool Whip in the pudding for a lighter filling. Or fill with custard, Bavarian cream or whipped cream; try searching online, I've found a bunch of variations. The puffs can also be filled with "savory" fillings like tuna, crab, lobster, shrimp or chicken salad. Great for luncheons like wedding & baby showers! My personal "sweet" favorite is this one:

Strawberries & Cream Filling

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablesppon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (amaretto works well too)
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar

Mash half of the strawberries in a small bowl. Add sugar, liqueur & remaining berries. Drain excess juice & set aside for later. In another bowl, beat cream with powdered sugar until stiff. Stir in excess juice. Fold in berry mixture. Spoon filling into puff. Sprinkle with powdered sugar & serve.

Enjoy!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Mandy said...

Yum! Thank You!!

Blogger KnicKnac said...

MMMMM, Thanks so much for posting the recipe! That looks like a winner!

Blogger Teacher lady said...

This has nothing to do with that. Girl, e-mail me (I tried to find your e-mail on your site, but perhaps I'm stupid) and I'll tell you about the Target/Starbucks combo!

Blogger Big A said...

I will pass this recipe onto Narana. Thanks.

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