I really love when Mike comes home and says “You know… my coworker says they really love ______.” And then suddenly I find myself searching for recipes and Mike finds himself lugging lots of tupperware into his office. I love a good baking challenge. So when a love for cream puffs was mentioned, I began scratching my head.
Aren’t cream puffs really hard to bake?
As it turns out… NO… Not even a little bit!
I scoured AllRecipes.com and eventually landed on this recipe. I was skeptical how vanilla instant pudding would work out, and while it felt a bit like cheating, the rave reviews about it made me try it out.
The dough is actually started in a pot on the stove. Water, butter, flour, salt.
And then put into a mixer and beat in the eggs.
It made a perfectly thick dough, which I then dropped by the spoonful onto a silpat and baked.
I was so excited when I opened up the oven and there were perfect little puffs.
The recipe says to slice the tops off, put the filling in the middle, and then put the sliced top back on. But I wanted to fill these little beautiful puffs.
I first tried the old “Put it in a ziplock and cut off the corner” piping method, but the bag was just too soft to get into the cream puff in any sane way.
So I began to look around the apartment for something to make it easier (and also allow Mike to take it into the work and do it there, so it didn’t get soggy).
Then I remembered my trusty little squeeze bottles. I don’t know what I ever did before these babies!
So all you do is flip it over, put the spout into the bottom of the puff, and squeeze until full. There is a hollow space in the puff and it works like a charm.
And when you popped them open, they were flaky yet doughy and tender puffs with a crispy shell and great filling. It was a really awesome recipe.
These were so easy to make, that I would easily do these for any dinner party. They are impressive without being time consuming. And I was impressed that they lasted overnight and that Mike could fill them the following day.