Cream puffs—whether it is an ordinary day with your family or a special occasion—are perfect sweet treats to indulge in at any time of the day.
The famous buttery pastry shell filled with creamy filling can be paired with any drink as well. Coffee in the morning or afternoon; or tea in the morning or evening. You choose!
So, the next time you crave sweet pastries, put famous cream puffs in your list. To start, here’s a beginner-friendly recipe guide to help you.
How to Properly Store It?
Cream puffs are known for its crisp yet soft texture. And to store it away for a few days without losing its texture and flavor, it is crucial to do it the right way.
Depending on how long and on whether they are filled or not, there are different methods to properly store famous cream puffs. Here’s how:
The procedure of storing cream puffs without filling is slightly different to when the cream puffs are with filling. the method also varies depending on how long you want to store it away.
If, say, you want to keep it fresh and crisp for up to two to three days, placing it inside an airtight container at room temperature will do the trick. Storing it inside the fridge, on the other hand, will keep it fresh for 24 hours only.
Moreover, you can also store them away for up to two months by simply freezing them. Again, put it in a freezer-safe container or bag before leaving it in the freezer.
For cream puffs with filling, the duration varies depending on the type of filling. Fillings such as pastry cream, whipped cream, and fresh fruit, for example, are less likely to thaw and may get mushy when thawed.
Given that, it is highly recommended to freeze the shells alone and add the filling later.
How to Know If the Cream Puffs Have Gone Bad?
Stale pastries may expose you and your family to certain diseases. And because cream puffs don’t last long compared to other breads and pastries, it is important to learn the signs if the cream puff already has gone bad.
To know if your cream puff has gone bad, you need to check both the pastry shell and the filling. Here are some signs to look for:
- In the pastry shell. A bad pastry shell typically develops a gray or black discoloration. It develops a pungent smell too and, the most obvious and common sign, it becomes hard and dry in texture.
- The filling. A filling that has gone bad has lumpy, sour, or bitter taste. It has a certain unpleasant smell too. So, make sure to smell the filling first before you take a bite.
Famous Cream Puffs
For the Shells:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 8 tablespoons of butter unsalted
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Filling:
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 3.4 ounces of vanilla pudding
- Combine the water, butter, sugar and vanilla in a pot over medium heat, and bring to a boil.
- Quickly whisk the flour into the pot until one ball of dough has formed.
- Remove the dough and let it cool a bit.
- Place the dough into a mixing bowl,and beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Add the dough to a pastry bag, and pipe out round portions on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Puncture a hole in the side of each puff once removed from the oven, and allow them to cool.
- Blend together the filling ingredients until smooth.
- Break each puff open, and pipe the filling into one half before placing the other half back on top.
- Repeat until all of the cream puffs have been filled.
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.