tasty tuesday: cream puffs


Oh cream puffs. So simple, yet surprisingly finicky.  The first time I made cream puffs I had to make 3 batches until they came out right.  Yeah, that sucked.  What doesn't suck is when they come out perfectly....big, delicious, puffy balls of pastry.  

And whipped cream.  Whipped cream always wins.

To me, cream puffs taste like Summer....as it was tradition for my cousin and I to make these every year to eat while watching So You Think You Can Dance.  Every time I make them I think of her, and it makes me smile.  

These treats are seriously wonderful.  And if you just happen to dip (and scoop) your cream puffs into the bowl of whipped cream then you've found a friend in me.

Cream Puffs
from: Company's Coming by Jean Pare

1/2 cup of Butter (or margarine)
1 cup of Water
1/4 tsp of Salt
1 cup of Flour
4  Eggs

1) In a large pot, bring water and butter to a boil.  Stir in flour and salt until the mixture pulls away from the sides and forms a ball (*this step is very important).
2) Remove your pot from heat; then beat in your eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
3) Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet (I used my Silpat).
4) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 425 degrees, until golden brown (and centers should be dry...not gummy).  Or 25-30 minutes if you choose to make them larger, like I did. And 10-15 minutes for the tiny ones!
5) Wait for the shells to cool, and then split them and fill them with whipped cream or pipe the whipped cream inside. (Or, if no one's looking...use them to scoop up whipped cream.)

One of the biggest problems I figured out with cream puffs is that you must make sure that you've cooked your dough enough.  That's the number one reason my batches have failed...so if you've mixed everything together, and it seems a bit runny (as in, your dough won't form decent balls on your cookie sheet without melting everywhere), then just stick your pot back on the heat until it thickens up a bit!

Another tip is to stick a toothpick into each of your cream puffs directly after they come out of the oven.  This helps let the steam escape, so you don't end up with a soggy cream puffs!

I used a small piping tip and piping bag to pipe the whipped cream into the mini ones I made.

For the larger ones, I cut them in half and just spooned the whipped cream on.  Either method is totally legit, I kind of like cutting and spooning....it has a higher whipped cream to cream puff ratio, yeah know?

Cream puffs are best served on the same day!  They tend to get a bit soggy if your store them....but if you have to, I'd recommend popping them in the freezer!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's tasty tuesday!  
Happy baking!

p.s. ♥ kelsey

weekly wrap-up: Happy Halloween!


So my week was filled with adorable animals and messy pumpkin guts.  

The kittens are back!  Well I guess they never really left, but we hadn't seen them for a while.  They moved homes, and are now residing on some hay bales right outside our house.  They like to sneak up on the deck and eat out of our compost pail!

On our farm we do school tours for preschool and elementary aged children.  They love going into the petting zoo and seeing all the animals.  
Chicks are always one of their favourite animals, they are so cute and fluffy, but they grow up so fast.  So once a week we get a few baby chicks so the kids can see them when they are really small!

 Every year my mom grows a giant pumpkin, and this year it is HUGE!  But believe it or not, this is not the biggest pumpkin she has ever grown, even though her estimated guess for it is 625 lbs.  

Kelsey and I had a few friends over on Friday evening for an exciting night of pumpkin carving.  These cookies made it on to the menu for the night.  They are nutella stuffed browned butter chocolate chip cookies [the recipe can be found here].  They tasted like happiness and rainbows.  Though I did have to  make some without nutella for Kelsey (because she is crazy). 

These are the pumpkins we carved!  They looked so unbelievably cool all lit up.

Mr. Peepers by Kevin, Trick or Treating Dino by Bobby, Spike by Jordyn, Buffy by Michelle, and Doctor Who by Kelsey.

For those of you who don't know, I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan!  At the beginning of the evening I had no idea what I was going to carve.  So when Michelle found these templates I was sold!  I am insanely happy with how they turned out!  I was really nervous, I actually haven't carved a pumpkin in about 6 or 7 years, so I felt a bit rusty, but everything went better than expected.

I hope everyone has a very safe and happy Halloween!  Leave a comment and let me know what you are dressing up as! 

p.s. ♥ jordyn

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