These cream puffs were part two of a baking demonstration I did for my local foodie friends. Slightly sweetened pâte à choux dough was piped onto baking sheets, cooked, and then filled with whipped cream and my favorite balsamic strawberries. Please check my Parisian Cheese Puff post for hints on making flawless cream puffs and gougères.
One of my girlfriends put it perfectly, “I loved them both equally,” when asked whether she preferred these or the gougères…or maybe she’s just extremely kind!
According to Dorie Greenspan, dough can be piped onto the baking sheets, then frozen, and stored in ziplock bags when firm. They can be frozen up to 2 months and baked right from the freezer…extending baking time by just a couple minutes.
Cream Puffs with Whipped Cream and Berries…recipe courtesy of my mom
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 tablespoon sugar
Dash of salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs, at room temperature
Sweetened whipped cream (whip 1/2 cup cream, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar)
3 cups cored and quartered strawberries
1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 425º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine ingredients for balsamic strawberries. Let rest at room temperature while preparing and baking cream puffs, stirring occasionally.
Bring milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil in a saucepan. When mixture is boiling, add flour all at once, and stir vigorously till well combined. Turn off heat and add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously till each is well incorporated. It is imperative that stirring begins immediately after the egg is added to avoid scrambled egg bits in your dough.
Spoon or pipe tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets (I use a ziplock bag with the corner cut off). Reduce oven temperature to 375º and bake for 12 minutes. Rotate pans in oven and bake for an additional 12 minutes or till cream puffs are golden. Whip cream while puffs are baking.
Cool, then slice off tops of each puff, remove some of the inside if desired and fill with whipped cream. Top with balsamic strawberries and serve immediately.
Makes approximately 24.
79 Comments on “Cream Puffs with Whipped Cream and Berries”
o wow! I’d like one of these right now please 🙂 The balsamic strawberries sound absolutely amazingggg with the cream puffs, love love love this recipe!!
Holy yum! My daughter always loves when I bring home the frozen cream puffs from the store. I’ll be honest though, they leave a filmy coating on your tongue and I don’t think that’s right at all! I need to make my own and these look like a good place to start!
When I was a little girl, my father made cream puffs with me. These tasty little treats will always hold a special place in my heart. 🙂 Yours look beautiful and I think its awesome you are giving baking demonstrations.
WOW…forget the salmon and lentils…these look really good!
Lizzy, I love cream puffs and yours look particularly beautiful! I always keep a good bottle of Balsamic vinegar on hand…I use it on strawberries all the time!
The puffs looks totally awesome! Adding balsamic strawberries definitely gives a punch to the puffs
I have to learn how to make these! They look so perfectly light and I love strawberries and balsamic vinegar together!
thank you for sharing your knowledge on food photography.
They look lovely. Just like everything you make 🙂
Have a lovely weekend 🙂
I’m in Heaven Liz, it looks wonderful and perfect for up coming Spring although it feels like it is here already where I am.
I love pâte à choux too & these looks perfect with whipped cream & strawberries. LOVELY! I only made once the choux puffs when I was making my Croquembouche for our 20th anniversary . That’s it but I think I’ll make it again 🙂
Liz, love your strob-balsamic touch – never thought of adding this to choux buns. Beautifully light and summery! Poifect.
Okay – these look absolutely amazing! Beautiful, the perfect size…and they have strawberries in them!
Lizzy, beautiful puffs! It is decadent…:)
Balsamic strawberries sound so good and I bet are delicious with the cream puffs. They look lovely!
Lizzy you blow my mind. I have been dying to make something like this. Now you’ve lit a fire under me. I gotz to haz these!
This is on my kitchen bucket list, I made eclairs, but now need to make these pretty little gems! Your cream puffs look wonderful! Hugs, Terra