So, last week I promised you cream puffs, and I am here to deliver. Cream puffs sound fancy, but they are actually really easy to make. As always, if I can do it, you can do it.
These are a little bit of an experiment. I wanted to make you something from A Taste of You. In the book, Grace’s cream puffs are flavored with blood lime and cardamom. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a cream puff purist. I don’t really go for flavors. I like a basic pâte à choux filled with sweetened whipped cream. Also, I totally made that shit up in the book – so no recipe. (In case you didn’t know, novel writers are just people who lie for a living.).
Anyway, let’s get started.
For the choux dough you’ll need:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
You can also make this with just water instead of water and milk and you can add a little sugar if you want a sweeter pastry.
Combine the water, milk, butter and salt in a saucepan and heat until it reaches a full boil. Dump the flour in all at once and stir vigorously until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. Don’t worry about recognizing when this happens. It is very obvious. Keep cooking for about another minute so any excess liquid can evaporate. Continue reading