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#BakingBloggers: Boston Cream Puffs

NicholeL
Boston Cream Puffs are light and fluffy pastry filled with a rich vanilla cream custard and topped with a decadent chocolate ganache.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

For the Vanilla Bean Custard:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

For the Choux Pastry:

  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperatures

For the Chocolate Topping:

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Directions
 

  • Prepare the custard by whisking together the sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a medium saucepan. Add the egg yolks and ⅓ cup of the milk. Whisk until fully combined and then whisk in the remaining milk.
  • Heat the saucepan over medium heat and cook for 8-10 minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back a spoon. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla bean paste.
  • Transfer mixture to a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap against the custard so it does not create a skin. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until fully chilled.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the pastry by adding the water and butter to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking to melt the butter. When the mixture come to a slow boil, add in the flour and salt, and whisk constantly until the dough forms into a smooth ball.
  • Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to rest and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Cooling the mixture will stop the egg from cooking when it hits the hot pan. Once cooled, add in one whole egg and stir with a wooden spoon until the egg is incorporated. The mixture will become glossy and stiffer. Add in the second egg, stirring until all lumps are removed.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop heaping tablespoon and a half sized dollops of the pastry on the prepared baking sheet, placed 2 inches apart.
  • Wet your fingers and press down any of the pastry that has tips or lumps to allow it to cook more evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer immediately to a wire cooling rack. Poke a slit into each to allow the steam to escape. When they are cool enough to handle, slice each in half and remove any gooey dough still inside.
  • Prepare the ganache by adding the heavy whipping cream to a small saucepan and heating over medium-high heat.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl. When the whipping cream comes to a simmer, remove it from the heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until all of the chocolate has melted.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of the vanilla bean custard to one half of the choux pastry. Swirl the top of the pastry in the chocolate ganache and then place on top of the custard bottom.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. Cream puffs will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

Keyword boston cream puff, choux pastry, dessert, ganache, vanilla custard
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