Monday, December 10, 2012

Puffs - Christmastime Staple

Christmas Cherry Cream Puff 


Here's an easy recipe you need to try. 

A Christmastime staple --  Puffs!  

These can be made ahead and stashed in the freezer until ready to use for hors d'oeuvres, or cream puff desserts--both party staples. You can make them large or small, like minis for little appetizers. You can fill them with ham, chicken or egg salad or you can chose to fill them with all the sweetness that you can think up! I will share many recipes for filling them next Saturday --watch for the link.  But for now, here's how to make them.

They are very simple to make --follow the pictures! Basic Puff recipe

* One cup water
* 1/2 cup butter, cut up in pieces
* One cup flour
* 4 eggs


While bringing the water to a boil in a large saucepan on the stove, beat the eggs until all mixed.  When the water boils, add the butter;  boil until butter is melted then turn the heat off.  


Add the flour to the pot and begin stirring (mixture will be warm to hot--that's OK).  Stir until dough shapes a ball.


Then add the eggs all at once, and blend until thoroughly mixed and it looks a bit glossy.


Drop by round teaspoonfuls to make mini puffs or larger drops -- for luncheon size puffs, use a heaping tablespoon full.  Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. **Optional--mist lightly with water for nicer crust.
  

 Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown and not wet looking.
 

 Move to a rack for cooling and then store in the freezer until ready to use. Will keep up to a month.


Then. . . See you on Saturday for oodles of recipe links to use your puffs!  Just in time for a holiday party!

6 comments:

Isobel Morrell said...

Hey - thanks for that! There's an Open House party being held at my daughter's where I'm due for Christmas, and this could be a great "different" offer! Will look out for your recipes for the fillings, although I've got one or two of my own bubbling up too!

Happy Holidays! Isobel from www.ColdhamCuddliescaling.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

What a great idea to keep on hand! They look so easy too;)

pasqueflower said...

Yum! Move over, Rachel Ray!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Well, that looks easy enough! I think they'd be good just by themselves!

Splendid Little Stars said...

These look yummy!

Kathleen said...

Those do look simple to make! Really neat that you can make them ahead of time.