We had a potluck last week at the office and at first I wanted to make some cupcakes to bring. But since it was on a week day and due to the time constraint, I've decided to make cream puffs instead.
During the party, quite a number of my colleagues had requested for the cream puffs recipe. The recipe was a combination of 2 recipes from 2 of my cookbooks, and with some changes here and there.
I'm sharing the recipe here in my blog, so that the rest can benefit from the recipe as well. Here's the recipe:
100 g butter
250 ml plain water
Pinch of salt
200 g all purpose flour
1 ts vanilla extract
5 large eggs, beaten to mix
Combine the butter, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as the mixture is boiling, remove the pan from the heat and add in the flour.
Return the pan to moderate heat and stir (for about 1 minute) until the mixture start to form dough.
Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and then the eggs ( a little at a time) and beat in well.
Shape the cream puffs by piping the dough on a baking sheet, and bake at 170 degree Celsius for about 20 to 25 minutes.
As for the filling, you may want to make your own custard or you can also buy instant custard powder (available at bakery ingredients supply shop) and just add water to the custard powder and mix vigorously to make the custard. (approx. 250 ml water to every 100 g instant custard powder). To fill the above cream puffs, you will need about 150 g to 200 g of instant custard powder.
Enjoy, and do share with me the outcome.