Can we please talk about these cream puffs?
They are really good. My official taste tester is really happy about them too! Crunchy on the outside and sweet cream on the inside. They are really good.
All the cream puffs I’ve tried have been delicious puffs filled with a cream but this little giant puff also has a crunchy cookie layer baked on top of the puff. The extra crunch is amazing! AMAZING!
They are really good. Are you getting my point yet? I used to love the cream puffs at Costco that are sold in the freezer but I’ve stayed away for awhile for the sake of my tummy line and my sugar levels… I usually can’t stop after one and Costco sells them by the bajillion which means I’ll eat a bajillion within a day or two. I’ve been on a sweet track so this treat has hit the spot.
Anyways, there are a lot of steps to this cream puff: 1) the puff dough 2) craquelin – the cookie layer for the puff 3) the custard cream 4) the whipped cream
Why are there two creams you ask? The custard cream and whipped cream are combined beautifully together for a luscious pillow but creamy center.
For this, due to timing, I would suggest going in the order of 3 – 2 – 1- 4. You can really go in any order you want but you may just be waiting for things to cool here and there. It’s all worth it in the end though because they are so good.
For the custard cream, you definitely want to be make sure you don’t overcook it, if you do, it’ll turn into gel (oops – by experience).
The cookie layer adds to the complexity but it is SO worth it. I’m not sure I’ll ever make another cream puff without it! Well, I probably will but these were that good. The dough is really sticky though so you’ll only want to deal with it when it’s cold.
Don’t forget to sift the flour. I used cake flour but all-purpose flour will work here. This batter is heated over a stove top – adding to the complexity and the beauty!
And of course, it was my first time piping ever, so the pipes came out pretty ugly but alas, the cookie layer saved me and hid the imperfections making them pretty again. Side note – because I spent so much time in the kitchen making these delicious nuggets, my husband did the dishes for me..and well.. ran my pipe tip in the kitchen dispenser……. Note to self or to husband – be careful of these. Decorating pipe tips are small and will fall into holes. Sigh.
Once you spent so much energy and are getting tired, you’ll notice these puffs rising in the oven! So fun! I tried to take a picture of it to no success because all you could see is my eager face reflection.
Once they’re baked to a golden brown. you just wait for them to cool and fill them with cream!
These are also enjoyed slightly frozen in the freezer. Serious yums.