Cream Puffs or Eclairs With Vanilla Pastry Cream Recipe

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Cream Puffs or Eclairs With Vanilla Pastry Cream
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp milk


  1. Make vanilla pastry cream:.
  2. In 2 quart saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt; stir in milk.
  3. Over medium heat, cook, stirring until mixture thickens and boils, about 10 minutes.
  4. Boil 1 minute.
  5. In a small bowl with fork, beat 6 egg yolks slightly.
  6. Beat small amount of heated milk mixture into yolks.
  7. Slowly pour egg mixture back into milk mixture, stirring.
  8. Cook over medium low heat, stirring till mixture thickens and coats spoon well, about 8 minutes (do not boil).
  9. To check thickness, lift metal spoon from mixture and hold up 15 seconds - spoon should not show through mixture.
  10. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  11. At this point I usually put this custard through a strainer to get out any lumpy cooked egg pieces.
  12. Cover surface with plastic wrap, and chill well, about 2 hours.
  13. When custard is cool, in a small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy/whipping cream till stiff peaks form.
  14. With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into custard.
  15. Puffs:.
  16. Spray 1 or 2 large cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Heat oven to 375.
  17. In 2 qt saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, water and salt till butter mixture boils.
  18. Remove from heat.
  19. Add flour all at once. With a wooden spoon, vigorously stir until mixture forms a ball and leaves sides of pan.
  20. Add eggs to the flour mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition, till smooth.
  21. Cool mixture slightly.
  22. Using a large spoon and rubber spatula, drop batter onto cookie sheets int 12 large mounds, 3 inches apart, swirling the top of each.
  23. (for eclairs, instead of mounds, spread the choux paste into 5 by 3/4 rectangles).
  24. Bake 50 minutes (this is what the original recipe says - however, I NEVER bake them that long - more like 35 minutes - go by your own oven - if they're looking puffed and browned and dry, they're probably done).
  25. At this point, remove from oven, cut a small slit in the side of each puff and return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  26. Turn off oven and let dry for 5-10 minutes (I don't usually do this and it doesn't seem to matter too much).
  27. When puffs are cool, slice top off of each - there will probably be some webby looking soft dough inside - carefully pull this out to make it hollow.
  28. Fill each shell with the chilled pastry cream.
  29. Replace top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  30. For Eclairs:.
  31. Go through the same process, but top with semisweet chocolate glaze: In saucepan, melt 2 squares semisweet chocolate and 2 T butter, stirring constantly (or heat briefly in the microwave to melt) Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 T milk till smooth.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 593.26 Kcal (2484 kJ)
Calories from fat 311.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.62g 53%
Cholesterol 183.06mg 61%
Sodium 808.12mg 34%
Potassium 765.52mg 16%
Total Carbs 61.45g 20%
Sugars 32.31g 129%
Dietary Fiber 1.73g 7%
Protein 10.79g 22%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 1.7mg 10%
Calcium 142.1mg 14%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 285.76 Kcal (1196 kJ)
Calories from fat 150.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.68g 53%
Cholesterol 88.18mg 61%
Sodium 389.25mg 34%
Potassium 368.73mg 16%
Total Carbs 29.6g 20%
Sugars 15.56g 129%
Dietary Fiber 0.83g 7%
Protein 5.2g 22%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.8mg 10%
Calcium 68.5mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 14.4
  • 16

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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