2015 was a memorable year in a lot of aspects. My daughter had another beautiful little munchkin that I’m in love with. I traveled to Australia and got to bond with my daughter (whom I miss a lot). Sending daughters far away is tough but seeing them happy makes it all worthwhile. My kids studied pretty hard and all of them made me proud and my son got some really good grades in his O-levels exams. I struggled with migraines all year again and just like last year I missed my parents, they have left a void that is impossible to fill…but all of this trickled down to me being grateful about how I have grown wiser and not older, 18 at heart forever. 😀 Here is some proof :p
2016 has got me all excited already. All the small projects I had started last year are starting to take some shape and form. What I’ve enjoyed most is my food blog, meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it! I also inched my feet into designing clothes, partnering with a really talented designer. The biggest surprise for me was that I somehow found myself helping families connect for future marriage prospects between their children (my kids are having a blast with this calling me rishtay-wali aunty), jokes apart I feel if I can help anyone to create their own bonds to start a life and be happy just like my daughters I’m more than happy to do so.
It has been a long road of trials and errors for me to finally achieve perfection to make these babies. It more of a science to make these but I promise that if you follow my recipe you will get the most perfect pastry.
For Choux Pastry:
- 120 gm butter, room temperature
- 150 gm flour
- 250 ml water
- a pinch of salt
- 4-5 eggs
- Grease a baking tray, keep aside.
- Pre-heat the oven on 200°C or 392 °F.
- Place a saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
- Add the butter,water and salt. let it come to a boil. If we cook this a lot this might change the consistency of the dough. Turn the stove off immediately once it boils.
- Add flour and using a wooden spatula mix the flour mixture until it forms a smooth ball. The dough should be lukewarm.
- Start adding the eggs, using a beater, beat one at a time. Add 4 eggs first. This is an important step because you do not want the dough o be too runny or too thick, it should be smooth & shiny-paste like. Add the 5th egg only if you think the dough needs it. If the dough it is too runny the puffs will spread on the baking tray and if its too hard they won’t cook on the inside when you bake them.
- Shaping the mounds of dough is easiest to do with a pastry bag, although you can use two spoons or a spring-loaded ice cream scoop. Place them a bit further apart on the tray as they will puff once baked.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.The pastry is baked on high temperature first and then the temperature is lowered. The high temperature is needed so the dough will rise quickly leaving a hollow center, it sets the structure of the shells.
- Turn the stove off after 35 minutes. Do not take the pastries out, leave them in the oven for 20 more minutes. I turn the oven off because as the oven cools and the temps go lower it allows the shells to become firm and crisp on the outside and dries out the center of the shells at the same time.
- Take the pastries out and poke a few holes in each puff then cool completely. Do not worry if the shells have just a little bit of moist dough inside the shells, this can be removed before filling the shells.
I use a spoon , for some reason I find it easier
Right before these go into the oven
For the Cream Filling:
- 1200 ml cream
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, place the cream and sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
- Using sharp knife or tool of your preference, make a hole on top of each pastry shell.
- Fill up the shells with the whipped cream with an icing bag.
- Top it off or drizzle with chocolate ganache or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Serve chilled.
- The cream puffs are best eaten the same day they’re made.
- Once cooled, they can be frozen in an air tight container for up to one month.
- You can make the puffs (through step 9) up to 12 hours ahead
- Defrost at room temperature, then place puffs slightly apart on a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet.
- Bake in a 200°C or 392°F oven until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes.
These are my eldest daughters favorite thing so I’m missing her lot writing about these. I wish you were here and I could feed you half of them and divide the rest among your poor deprived siblings. 😀 I’m sure the younger ones are happy she isn’t here.. and oh Happy New Year everyone.
Aa jao bachon “Cream puffs” tayyar hain !!