January 2 is National Cream Puff Day. These light and fluffy pastries filled with cream have a taste that is worthy of celebration! What better way to take note of this national day than with one of these tasty cream puff recipes.
There seems to be a January National Day for pretty much everything you can think of. Today, this sweet, filled pastry gets it’s own day!
What are cream puffs?
Cream puffs are made with the same dough that is used to make profiteroles, eclairs and other puffy pastry desserts. They are a mixture of water, flour, sugar, butter and eggs and taste amazing!
Once made the pastry is then filled with cream for a delightful dessert idea.
The cream puff dessert idea originated in France and is also known as a choux a la creme. Often times the filling is made of custard and chocolate sauce is a favorite topping idea.
Why do cream puffs deflate?
Ever made these desserts only to discover that the pastry deflates and loses its puffiness after cooking. The reason for this is moisture on the inside of the pastry that is too much for the casing to handle.
To prevent this, just place your cream puff on a wire rack to cool and then poke a small hole in the top of each cream puff.
This will let the excess moisture and steam release and will help to keep them from collapsing. The solid outer crust will remain intact without losing its size.
Also, be careful of using too much fat in your cream puff recipe. This can also be the cause of soggy cream puffs that will deflate.
Collection of Cream Puff Recipes
If you like the taste of coffee, you will love these mocha cream puffs. They are made with coffee crystals, vanilla yogurt and cocoa powder.
Dusted in powdered sugar and light as air, try one of these lemon cream puffs from Tastes of Lizzy.This recipe from Amanda’s Cooking uses the idea of a cream puff but transforms it into a delicious and fluffy cake recipe.
These delicious raspberry cream puffs have a fruity raspberry filled center.
These cinnamon cream cheese pastry puffs have a sweet savory taste and are easy to make.
You had me on peanut butter! These peanut butter cream puffs combine two of my favorites – peanut butter and chocolate for one delicious dessert!
This peach and berry tart combines the fluffiness of cream puffs in the pastry for a light and summery dessert idea.
This tutorial from Walking on Sunshine Recipes shows how to make home made cream puffs. They really aren’t that difficult!
Need some more inspiration for cream puff recipe ideas? Try one of these recipes:
Pin these cream puff dessert ideas for later
Would you like a reminder of these cream puff recipes? Just pin this image to one of your dessert boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.