Homemade choux pastry or cream puffs is not that difficult to make when you follow my easy step-by-step recipe and instructions!
Quick...name a dessert you think is difficult to make!
For some people, me included, it would be Homemade Cream Puffs. Yes, I used to think cream puffs were a difficult dessert to make.
We have cream puffs every Christmas and for the past few years I have started to make them! We all love them. Even my brother who hardly eats desserts will enjoy a cream puff on Christmas. I always thought they were difficult to make but then my mother showed me how a few years ago and I am going to show YOU how to make the most delicious dessert ever that will impress your family and friends.
Here's a photo from just a few years ago of my mom and I baking cream puffs and Christmas stollen bread. My kids are so young in this photo! This is at our home in New Jersey.
Homemade Cream Puffs
So what is this mysterious dough that we love to enjoy filled with pudding, whipped cream and even savory treats? It's real French name is choux pastry and it's the perfect blend of butter, water, flour and eggs combined together and then baked. Sounds pretty simple, right? But depending on who you ask, choux pastry is either very difficult or very easy to make.
Easy Step-by-Step Instructions
Cream puff mixture forming a ball and pulling away from the sides of the pan.
Adding the eggs, one at a time gives you a beautiful silky batter that's ready to be either piped or scooped onto a baking sheet. I like to use a scoop.
Beautiful mounds of choux pastry ready for the oven.
Choux pastry baked and cooling on a baking rack. You can prepare these the day before you plan on serving them. But please do NOT cover them or store them in the refrigerator. They will turn soggy. I like to bake them the day before and then leave them on a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper or even a paper towel loosely covering them.
You can stuff your choux pastry with pudding or whipped cream. Don't forget to drizzle melted chocolate on top! Cream puffs are a light and delicious dessert that your guests will enjoy.
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