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Cream Puffs or Eclairs!

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Homemade cream puffs or eclairs are the BEST!
And they are pretty simple to make...
Perfect dessert for parties, entertaining or pot lucks!
 
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Step 1: Supplies!

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(Makes about 30-35)
You'll need:
1 cup of Flour
1/2 cup Butter
1 Cup Water
1/8 tsp salt
and
4 eggs

I also recommend a piping/icing bag with large tip...
although it is not necessary.

Step 2: Get going.

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In a saucepan on the stove top,
Bring the water to a boil, then add butter, flour and salt.
Remove from heat.

Then put the dough in your mixer and let it cool for 2 minutes.
Then you add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg.

The dough will become softer and runnier...
Until it becomes very sticky!

Step 3: Prepare to pipe.

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You don't need a pastry/piping/icing bag with large tip...
but it makes for a prettier puff!

Here's the trick.
Put the empty piping bag in a large cup...
Fold over the top edge of the bag over the cup...
Then spoon in the dough...Then you can lift up the bag and squeeze
the dough to the tip, and start piping it out!

Step 4: Piping or plopping!

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Pipe them onto a greased cookie sheet or use a silpat.
They are basically just a little swirly pile...about the size of golf ball.
(If you aren't using a piping bag...just spoon out blobs of dough)

Step 5: Baking!

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Bake in the oven.
Start at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes,
Then turn down the oven to 350 degrees for the next 20 minutes.
They will puff up and turn golden brown!

Step 6: Filling!

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They are now awesome little puffy hollow balls!
Now to fill them.
You can fill them with pudding, custard or whipped topping!
(I like half pudding (prepared) and half whipped topping)
Mixed together...
And put in my piping bag the same way as above...

Pick up a puff and push the piping tip into the side or top.
Squeeze cream right inside until it is full.
Set on a plate...refrigerate until time to serve.
Mmmm just had them for dessert, so good!
HollyMann10 months ago
I made cream puffs a few years ago and wanted to make them again and followed your instructions. For some reason they didn't puff up - were more flat and the taste of egg was pretty strong. Not sure what happened...have you ever had that happen when they don't puff up? I tried asking my mom about it - she mentioned using egg whites....I'm not sure.
doodlecraft (author)  HollyMann10 months ago
Hi Holly,
hmm, sorry they didn't work out.
I'm not sure what the contributing factors are. I've made them in very arid environments and now here in the south where it's humid and haven't had trouble either place.
If the dough didn't sit out long enough before adding the eggs, there's a chance the eggs cooked a bit in the dough and not puffed in the oven. So, maybe try letting the dough sit longer than 2 minutes before adding the eggs.
Hope your next try works out perfectly!
Happy New Year,
Nat :)
Thanks Nat! :) Maybe my eggs were too large and the batter was more liquidy....not sure. I definitely let them sit before adding the eggs though...so I don't think it was that. I'll have to try it again sometime and see how it goes! Thank you - they look delicious!
ThatJeffro10 months ago
I tried a variation of these and found that due to my oven having hotspots some rose well and others flopped. A valuable lesson learned though. Thanks for this.
Newell_Jalynn10 months ago
wat temp do u bake it
doodlecraft (author)  Newell_Jalynn10 months ago
Start at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes,
Then turn down the oven to 350 degrees for the next 20 minutes.
Mickleblade10 months ago
oh come on, they're called Profiteroles even in the english language. Totally lush though. I made some for christmas day desert, yum. I think yours came out a little better though, I must get a piping bag though too.
Android17610 months ago
:-* Love
Da Falls Guy10 months ago
Solar
Yum! I love cream puffs!!!!
aceammar10 months ago
looks so good