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Cream Puff Recipe With Chocolate Sauce

italian-cream-puffs-recipeAnother wonderful recipe my Aunt Mary shared with me, in addition to her now famous light as air fluffy cheesecake recipe, is her cream puff recipe. These puffs are easy to make and can be filled with whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. When filled with ice cream they are called Profiteroles.

Aunt Mary used a wooden spoon when beating the eggs into the flour and butter mixture. You would need to beat each egg well into the mixture. It is quite a workout for the arm muscles. I found using a food processor for incorporating the individual egg was easier on the arm and did just as good a job as a wooden spoon.

The chocolate sauce gives this dessert an elegant finish and you are bound to get raves! Enjoy this dessert which will complement any dinner or can be served alone with a cup of espresso or coffee.

Ingredients:

Serves: 8-12

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs

Cream Filling:

  • 1 pint whipped cream (heavy cream)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Chocolate Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Liqueur (optional) Creme de menthe, Orange liqueur, Chambord

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Boil water with butter until completely dissolved.
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  3. Add flour all at one time and stir until flour forms a ball and comes away from side of pot.
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  4. Remove from heat and put mixture into food processor with steel blade in place.
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  5. Add one egg at a time and pulse with each addition until each egg is well incorporated into mixture.
  6. Paste should be shiny and not too dry.
  7. Drop paste by heaping teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
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  8. Bake in 400 °oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Reduce temperature to 350°.
  10. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until puffs are golden brown and firm to the touch.
  11. Turn off oven, prick tops of puffs with a toothpick and leave in oven for additional 10 minutes.
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  12. Cool on rack and fill or store in freezer bag for refrigeration or in freezer for one week and until ready to use.

Cream filling:

  1. Beat three ingredients well until soft peaks form.
  2. Slice puffs in half and fill bottom half with cream.
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  3. Top with other half.
  4. Pour warm chocolate topping over top of puff and serve immediately.
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Chocolate Sauce Topping:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4  1/2 Tbs. butter
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In small saucepan combine chocolate squares and ½ cup water. Cook stirring occasionally, over low heat, until chocolate is melted.
  2. Add sugar and salt, cook, stirring until sugar is melted and mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla. Also stir in liqueur of choice (optional).

6 Responses to “Cream Puff Recipe With Chocolate Sauce”

  1. natasha says:

    Hello Mary,
    you are so inspirational! I am going to try this recipe. I have tasted cream puffs with custard filling made by a culinary student.It tasted like a lemon custard. Could you give me a custard filling recipe for these cream puffs?
    -thanks-natasha

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Natasha:

    I don’t have a favorite custard recipe and since there are so many variations on custard recipes, I recommend the Joy of Cooking cookbook which will have a basic recipe. Also, my cream puffs work well filled with ice cream and topped with the warm chocolate sauce.

  3. Rose says:

    Mary,

    For the chocolate sauce, how much chocolate? I didn’t see an amount listed.

    Thanks!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rose:
      The measurements for the chocolate sauce are:
      3 squares unsweetened chocolate
      1/2 cup water
      3/4 cups sugar
      1/4 tsp. salt
      4 1/2 TBS. butter
      3/4 vanilla extract
      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy!

  4. Shirley says:

    Hi Mary
    I came across your website looking for a good meatball recipie. Looking forward to trying your preparation method. I wanted to comment on your cream puff recipie. My Aunt had a great simple filling that I wanted to share with you. Whip in a bowl for about 5 minutes on medium speed 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of whipping cream, 1 box of instant vanilla pudding(3.4 oz box), and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Fill your cream puffs with this mixture and for a simple topping she would use Betty Crocker’s Dark chocolate frosting. Enjoy.

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