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Cream Puffs Recipe

With a dreamy creamy vanilla filling

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Creamy Vanilla Filling, below
  • Confectioners' Sugar
In large saucepan heat water, butter, and salt, to a full rolling boil. Reduce heat; quickly stir in flour, mixing vigorously with a wooden spoon. Continue mixing until batter leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat and add beaten eggs a little at a time (about 6 additions), beating with an electric hand mixer after each addition until batter is smooth.

Drop dough from large metal spoon onto greased baking sheets, forming 12 to 16 mounds about 3 inches apart. Bake at 400° for 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer immediately to racks to cool away from drafts. When completely cooled, split and fill with Creamy Vanilla Filling and sprinkle with confectioners; sugar or frost with thin chocolate icing if desired.

Creamy Vanilla Filling

  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Scald milk in top of double boiler over boiling water. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir into scalding milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Cover and cook for 10 minutes longer. Add a small amount of hot mixture to beaten eggs; return to the mixture in double boiler. Cook for 5 minutes,l stirring constantly. Add butter. Put in bowl and sprinkle small amount of sugar over top to prevent skin from forming. Chill well; add vanilla.

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