Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Small Batch Cream Puffs

Cream Puff with Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce

I love desserts. Then again, who doesn't? I'm serious though. Put any kind of dessert in front of me and I go right it, and have a hard time stopping.

No self control. It's such a shame.

If only I could make a small amount of my favorite treats without making a full batch and potentially eat it all.

Well, after messing around with ratios, I discovered I could in fact make a small batch of cream puffs.

Small Batch Cream Puffs

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon white granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl sift together the flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.

3. Place the butter and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and, with a wooden spoon or spatula, quickly add the flour mixture. Return to heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about a minute or two).

4. Transfer the dough a bowl and beat for a minute or two to release the steam from the dough. Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the lightly beaten egg and continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste.

Mixing Cream Puff dough by hand is a good arm workout!

5. Spoon or pipe 4 mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing them a couple of inches apart.

Cream Puffs, ready to be baked

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes or until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are dry inside. Turn the oven off and, with the oven door slightly ajar, let the shells dry out for a further 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Baked and cooling
To Assemble:

Split the pastry shells in half and fill with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Spoon some strawberry sauce on top (I make a super simple one with sliced strawberries macerated in a bit of sugar, just to make it juicy). Place the top half of the pastry shell on the ice cream and enjoy.


  1. I love that this recipe is for a small batch. They look wonderful with the strawberry sauce.

    1. Thanks! I'm always on the look out for small batch dessert recipes.

  2. I know this post is from forever ago but I wanted to comment anyway! These were so darn tasty! And a great way to practice the dough without making a billion and one puffs. Mine came out looking a little strange. They didn't get the cracking kind of texture on top. But still tasty (even tho I undercooked em whoops lol)! Thank you!


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