Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gour-Make It Monday - Strawberry Cream Puff

Summer is the perfect time for recipes that are cool to the tongue. 
It is also the season of strawberry recipes. 
Here is one that my family uses often and there are never any left-overs. 
Strawberry Cream Puff
Head out to the store for:
Puff: 6 Tablespoons of margarine
3/4 cups of water
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
Filling: 31/8-oz. pkg. Vanilla Pudding & pie filling
 11/2 cup milk
2 tsp. grated orange peel (I did not use this part)
1/2 cup whipping cream (whipped) OR 
frozen whipped topping thawed.
(Whip your own. Trust me. Whip it THICK)
1 pint (2 cups) fresh strawberries sliced. 
To begin preheat your oven to 400.
Grease your cookie sheet. 
Go ahead and get your water, margarine, flour, and salt measured out. Also go ahead and crack your eggs. (you will need to add them in one at a time, but you can still crack them into the same bowl)
My salt is sitting on top of my flour!
 In a medium saucepan (or large if you're messy) bring your butter and water to a boil over medium heat. 
Stir in flour and salt. 
Continue cooking, stirring constantly until the mixture is into a ball and leaves the sides of the pan smooth:
 Remove from heat and begin to vigorously stir in eggs one at a time. 
 It will separate again and look all wrong, but it's right. 
When all of the eggs are mixed in it will look like this:
Now you will spoon mixture onto greased cookie sheet into an 8 inch ring made of ...well essentially they are blobs. See...
Bake this for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Mine took exactly 40 minutes. 
When it comes out, prick it with a knife. (this has to do with the puff allowing you to fill it.) 
While that is baking....
Go back to your filling ingredients.
In another medium (large for me) saucepan
mix 11/2 cup of milk with your pudding mix and orange peel if you used it.
Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
(Have you made pudding before? If so then you know what you're looking for.)
Boil 1 minute and remove from heat. 
Cool 1 hour. 
Fold whipped cream into cooled pudding. 
Slice your strawberries: 
I used the tips for my son's lunch tomorrow. Don't waste strawberry parts folks! :)
Now you can slice your puff in half on your most beautiful cake plate or platter. Take off the top carefully and lay it aside. 
Spoon the filling mixture onto the base of the puff.
Add your strawberries.

 Put the top back on....
And share this with someone! 
Or do what I'm going to do and eat it all yourself! 
Happy "Gour-Make It Monday"


  1. That. looks. so freakin yummy! I think I might have to try this out!

  2. I would rather have someone make this for me and then I could just eat it. Any takers?

  3. I am really fond of strawberries. I would love to try this out. Looks yummy!