Cream Puffs and Chocolate Ganache

Today I decided I was going to make cream puffs. I had not made them in years… While they can be finicky they are so simple and delicious at the same time. It is also worth it to know how to whip up a simple quick dessert that travels well. Seriously, these are easy.

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There are only a few ingredients and then i filled them with sweetened whipped cream…..DSC_1182

And topped them with chocolate ganache.

Chocolate ganache also makes amazing icing/filling if allowed to cool and then whipped with the mixer for a few minutes…. Heavenly actually…. I could eat it on its own… by the spoonful…

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Cream Puffs

1/2 cup butter

1 cup water

1 cup flour

4 eggs

In a small sauce pan place butter and water. Heat until boiling.

Reduce heat and gradually add flour while whisking until the dough forms a ball, remove from heat and place dough in a bowl. Add all four eggs at one time and mix vigorously until the dough is smooth.

Drop onto a baking sheet by 1 tablespoonful at a time (or larger if you would like). They can be placed close as they rise, but do not spread.

Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. BE SURE that the room is not drafty or else they might deflate… (I had that happen with a few of mine that were not cooked quite long enough too)

When they are cooled, cut the tops off and fill with the sweet cream.. you can use a spoon to fill them or use a piping bag. I used a spoon and it worked just fine.

Sweetened Whipping Cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1-2 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Add ingredients to a large bowl and whisk vigorously by hand or with a mixer until stiff peaks are formed.

Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate

1 Tablespoon butter

(I did mine in the microwave!)

Heat the cream until hot, but not boiling. Add the butter and chocolate and stir until it is melted. Drizzle over cream puffs and enjoy!

Happy baking! -B

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