This is the recipe for traditional cream puffs made with Bavarian cream and chocolate. For a more colorful treat, check out the recipe for icing below!
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
Bavarian pastry cream
Chocolate wafers or other good quality melting chocolate
Mix the dough. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, place one cup of water and one stick (1/2 cup) of butter. After the butter is melted, turn off heat and add one cup all-purpose flour all at once. Stir until the dough forms a ball and flour is absorbed.
Place dough ball in your stand-type mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until the dough starts to cool, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs all at once and mix on low speed until the dough absorbs the eggs and the dough becomes very sticky. This will take about 8 to10 minutes.
Bake the cream puffs. With a large ice cream scoop (1/4 cup), spoon mounds of evenly spaced dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees for another 10 minutes. You can also use a small cookie scoop as shown in the pictures. You’ll just need to lower the baking time to 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then turn down to 350 for another 7 minutes.
Fill the cream puffs with Bavarian cream. If you are using a scratch recipe, make a horizontal slit in the edge of each cream puff and slip a large spoonful of cream into each cream puff. If you are using professional Bavarian cream, insert the tip of the plastic bag into the edge of each cream puff and squeeze.
Melt the chocolate. You can do so in the microwave using 20 second bursts or in a chocolate melting pot. Do not overheat the chocolate. You can either dip the tops of the cream puffs into the chocolate or spoon chocolate over the cream puffs. Let the chocolate set before serving.
3 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla or other flavor
food coloring of your choice
1. Whip the cream cheese until soft. Add the powdered sugar.
2. Stir in the flavor. Add enough milk and continue stirring until it reaches the desired consistency.