I've added this cute little Cream Puffs Recipe that is all dressed up for the holidays with a delicious Cranberry Orange Sauce and dusted with a layer of powdered sugar "snow" to this year's Christmas Week Event.
When you are looking for something a little fancy for your holiday table and gingerbread cookies or Grandma's famous fruit cake just doesn't fit the bill, try these adorable little cream puffs from my good friend Barbara Schieving's brand new book, Simply Sweet Dream Puffs: Shockingly Easy Fun-Filled Treats. Barbara is the genius behind the popular blog, Barbara Bakes and Pressure Cooking Today so you know this cream puff recipe will taste amazing and turn out right every time.
I was thrilled when Barbara asked me to take a look at her new book see if these is a recipe or two that I might like to share with Everyday Southwest fans. My only problem was that the book is filled with so many delicious and creative recipes that I had a hard time choosing just one! She has Root Beer Profiteroles, Pecan Pie Eclairs, Bananas Foster Cream Puffs and so many mouthwatering treats. I mean really... we are talking RED VELVET people! Have you ever heard of a Red Velvet Eclair?!
With so many Cream Puffs to choose from, I decided to let the Holiday Season make up my mind for me and chose Barbara's delicious Black Cherry Profiteroles Recipe. I did change her sauce a tiny bit by adding cranberries to the recipe ( I don't think she will mind very much) that way, I could add her Cream Puffs Recipe to this year's Christmas Week event.
What! You haven't heard of Christmas Week?
Christmas Week is an annual event that is hosted by Kim. The blogger. The photographer. The horse fan extraordinaire (not to mention creator of the totally off the hook food blog Cravings of a Lunatic) back in 2012 and it has been going strong ever since! This year, she has corralled over 35 bloggers to share their favorite Holiday Treats in a week long Holiday-a-Polooza of recipes and a giant Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Yep, you heard me... cold... hard... cash. Well, Amazon cash that is. Who couldn't use some extra dough for the holidays? (Sorry. Food blogger. Couldn't help myself.)
This year, we have rounded up our resources and are giving away THREE Amazon Gift Cards. We will close three different winners (one for each prize) for 1 x $250 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x $50 Amazon Gift Card and the Grand Prize of 1 x $800 Amazon Gift Card. That's $800 in prizes for Christmas Week. The Giveaway will run from December 7th to December 26, 2015. The three winners will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
To enter, just scroll to the bottom of this post (below the Cream Puffs Recipe) and use the Rafflecopter to enter. Don't worry, the only thing you need to do to enter is to leave a comment (using the Rafflecopter) on this post. HOWEVER, if you LOVE giveaways like I do... and want to have more than one entry... you can use the Rafflecopter to enter as many times as you would like by following Everyday Southwest and the other amazing blogs on social media. GOOD LUCK! I would love to see one of our Southwest fans win!
Now back to Barbara's Cream Puffs!
You won't believe how easy cream puffs are to make. I know, I know, the "baker types" try to make it sound mysterious and super secret in order to impress everyone they meet. BUT, the real truth is, they are actually very easy, require NO guessing about yeast, NO fighting for flakiness, and NO kneading for hours! Barbara has shared her step by step tips for making them so, if this is your first time OR you haven't made them in a long time, you won't be alone!
Here is the link to Barbara's Step by Step Photos of how to make PÂTE Á CHOUX or Cream Puff dough.
Here is the link to her easy to follow video.
Here is Barbara's amazing recipe using her basic pate a choux dough. The dough pictured in the top photo is actually her chocolate pate a choux that is feature in her cookbook.
follow this link to download Simply Sweet Dream Puffs on kindle.
Here is her recipe as I made it.
***Remember I added Cranberries instead of the Cherries in her photo***
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- pinch of table salt
- 1 package (12 ounces) frozen cranberries (thawed)
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice (reserve zest)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- ¾ cup water
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature, divided
- 3½ cups egg nog or vanilla ice cream or stabilized whipped cream
- For Cranberry Sauce: In a sauce pan, whisk together ½ cup granulated sugar, the cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Stir in cranberries and fresh orange juice, Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes or until sauce thickens and cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat and stir 1 tablespoon butter and orange zest. Chill.
- For Cream Puffs: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease or line baking pans with parchment paper. Measure the flour and set aside. Bring butter, sugar, salt and ¾ cup water to a boil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from the heat and quickly stir in flour all at once. Return to heat and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 to 2 minutes, or until dough is smooth and forms a ball. Transfers the dough to the bowl of an electric mixer and cool for 5 minutes. Add 3 eggs one at a time, beating until mixture is smoothened glossy. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a pastry tip.
- Pipe dough onto prepared pans in 1½ inch round circles that are 1½ inch high. Smooth out peaks and round tops with a moistened finger.
- Whisk together remaining 1 egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush tops of dough with egg mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Turn oven off and let shells stand in closed oven for 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks and cool completely.
- To Assemble: Cut cream puff shells in half crosswise. Spoon in some of the Cranberry Orange Sauce then place a scoop of ice cream or pipe stabilized whipped cream on top of the sauce and more sauce on top of the ice cream. Replace the top of the cream puff and dust with powdered sugar.
- If using ice cream, serve immediately.
Here are the recipes from Day 3 of Christmas Week! Please visit all our talented participants:
Nutella Ganache from Cravings of a Lunatic
Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups from Try Anything Once Culinary
Holiday Marshmallow Oreo Santa's Hats from Desserts Required
Cranberry Gin Fizz from Poet in the Pantry
Peppermint Mocha Fudge from The Redhead Baker
Petit Pains au Chocolat aux Amandes (Petite Chocolate Almond Croissants) from Pineapple and Coconut
Salted Caramel Cashews from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Hazelnut Crescents from Amee's Savory Dish
Bacon Butter Toffee from Comfortably Domestic
Grandma's Scottish Shortbread from Farm Fresh Feasts
OREO Snowball Cookies from Flour On My Face
Holiday Triple Chocolate Bark from Mother Would Know
Classic Chocolate Crinkles from Daily Appetite
Orange Cardamom Slice and Bake Cookies from Savory Experiments
Homemade Maple Candy from Cooking In Stilettos
Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle from Food Babbles
Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pie from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
No Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake from Big Bear's Wife
Cream Puffs with Cranberry Orange Sauce from Everyday Southwest
Mini No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake from From Gate to Plate
Chewy Sugar Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Pignolata-Italian Honey Balls from Savoring Italy
Caramel Chocolate Cups with Peppermint Chips from Dixie Chik Cooks
Maple Gingerbread Marshmallows from The Tomato Tart
I know that there is a lot going on in this post—an amazing Cream Puff Recipe PLUS a great giveaway Plus links to all of the other Bloggers that make Christmas Week so special. So, if you have any questions at all, please, please, please get a hold of me to ask me. You can always reach me very quickly on The Everyday Southwest Facebook Fan Page OR leave me a comment on this post. And, of course, you can always email me at everydaysouthwest (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Happy Christmas Week!