Cream Puffs & The SRC

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Miz Helen’s Country Cottage!

When I first started blogging over a year ago, one of the first link parties I participated in
was Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday!  
So when I saw I was to pick a recipe from her blog I was so excited!
She has so many fantastic recipes, and I was torn between her Baked Hush Puppies, Brisket and Vegetables, or the Cream Puffs!  I put a vote to the family, and guess what won?!  
Of course they did.  No big shocker there!  😉
I have always wanted to make cream puffs, but was afraid to make them. Why?  I’m not sure.  
They were surprisingly so easy!
And I know this seems kind of weird to say, but they are actually cream puffs.
Like the ones you buy in stores.  A real cream puff.  Hmm.

Look at that!  A real cream puff.  That I made from scratch!  Amazing! 😉
Cream Puffs
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. 
  • Add the butter to the water and stir until it is melted.
  • Add the flour and salt all at once to the water mix.
  • Stir until a ball is formed.
  • Remove from heat, and add 1 egg.  Beat.  Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining eggs 1 at a time, and beat after each addition.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Drop the dough on to a cookie sheet 1 of 2 ways:  (I used a heaping tbsp for each puff)  See picture below.  Make sure they are about 2 inches apart.
    • You can drop with a spoon,
    • Or put the dough into a ziplock bag, snip the corner off, and pipe the dough on to the cookie sheet.  This is the method I chose!  
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.  Start checking them around 20 minutes.  Mine took 30 minutes.
When I piped these on to the cookie sheet, honestly, I just couldn’t imagine that they were going to come out looking like anything resembling a cream puff.
But to my surprise they did!  

Fillings

  • After they have cooled completely you can put in the filling of your choice.
  • For these I just forced in a tip, and piped in whipped cream.  Then I froze ours because we love the cream puffs at Costco that you eat slightly frozen.   
  • I’m now on a mission to make all kinds of delicious fillings!
    Vanilla Cream Custard from Miz Helen
    Coconut Cream
    Lemon Cream
    Chocolate Cream
    Strawberry Cream
    Oh the possibilites!
I love that this is such an easy recipe to make, and I will absolutely be making them again.
The best part is that I know what ingredients are in them (no chemicals or additives like store bought), 
and they taste SO good!
You should try them!  Don’t be scared!  They are simple & so goooood!
Have a delicious day!
By the way, I should mention that this is my last Secret Recipe Club post!  🙁
I felt it was time to move along, as I’ve just got too much on my plate right now.
Too much food on my plate is good, too many projects on my plate not so much!  😉
So thank you to everyone in SRC for making this adventure so fun!
I hope to see you around!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma April 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Too bad I can not eat these-but if I could I would devour that whole little plate no big deal 🙂

  • Reply Miz Helen April 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Jo Anna,
    I was so excited to see that you got my blog this month for the SRC. You did such a great job on the Cream Puffs and I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed them. I treasure your kind words and will miss you in the SRC, but will look forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday. Thanks for a great job and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply Daniel Saraga April 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Those look amazing. I didn’t know they were made that way. I thought the cream was added after! My lesson for the day!

    • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs April 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Thanks Daniel! You are right in the way you thought they are made – you do have to add the fillings after the puffs have been baked and cooled!
      Jo-Anna

  • Reply Mary April 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    These are beautiful, Jo-anna! Cream puffs are on my to-do list this year as well. I adore them!

  • Reply Katie April 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Oh my goodness…cream puffs are my WEAKNESS!!! So good 🙂

  • Reply Vivian - Let's Try These... April 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Cream puffs are deceptively easy. Beautiful pictures

  • Reply Barb April 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Oh, oh. Now I have a craving for cream puffs . . .

  • Reply Owen's Mom April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Just gorgeous! I have pinned cream puffs for months and might just give this recipe a try this afternoon. Oh, thank you!

  • Reply Angie {Successful2gether} April 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    these look gorgeous! and imagining the filling possibilities? WOWZERS! Visiting from SRC!

  • Reply Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z April 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    what a great choice. You may have inspired me to try making them too. I’ve always loved them , but was too intimidated to try to make them. Your’s came out beautiful.

  • Reply Kels @ K and K Test Kitchen April 17, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    I have the best memories of eating cream puffs at my Great Grandma Rose’s house. Your’s look lovely! Great job!

  • Reply Betsy April 17, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    I’m ashamed to say how many of these I ate while on vacation. I cannot resist a cream puff. I’m stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We’d love if you’d share any recipes you may have http://bit.ly/H9XJGB

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner April 17, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Oh Jo-Anna you’re killing me! I just made a Tres Leches cake on Saturday and had a bunch of whipped cream leftover. Now I find out the ‘puff’ part of a cream puff is soo easy to make. Great, now I have to make some tomorrow. Thanks a lot! haha ; )

    ~ Catie

    Pop by and check out my post about that tasty cake. Have you ever had it?

  • Reply Debbi Does Dinner Healthy April 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I love the idea of using different creams for these! They sound great!

  • Reply colleen April 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I haven’t made cream puffs since I was a teenager, but I may have to try out this recipe. Sorry to hear you’re leaving SRC!

  • Reply Trisha April 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Amazing job with the cream puffs Jo-Anna, they look fantastic. It was fun cooking with you here at SRC!

  • Reply Carrie Burrill April 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Oh I love Cream Puffs. My mom used to make them for us when we were kids. Though I NEVER make them at home! Great SRC post,well done!

  • Reply beti April 23, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    wow you made them look pretty easy! I can imagine how many filling I can use

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