Classic Cream Puffs

cream puff martha

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • No-Fuss Pastry Cream


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2.  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, sugar, salt and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and quickly stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir until a film forms on the bottom of the pan.
  3.  Remove from heat and transfer contents to a bowl to cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously to entirely incorporate egg after each addition.
  4.  For the egg wash, whisk together the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water. Set aside.
  5.  Transfer the pate a choux to a large pastry bag fitted with a 5/8-inch plain tip. Pipe 1-1/2-inch rounds onto each prepared pan. Gently smooth the pointed peaks with a moistened finger, rounding tops to ensure even rising. Brush tops with reserved egg wash. Bake until puffs rise and are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.
  6.  Transfer pastry cream to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/8-inch plain round tip. Insert the tip into the opening of each pastry, and pipe to fill with pastry cream. Serve immediately.

Our healthy new year’s resolutions…

healthy new year‘s food editor Caroline Hire is planning to curb sugar cravings after the festive season by filling up on healthy, protein-rich meals; ”Things tend to get a bit out of control with all the chocolates and desserts flying around at Christmas, so it’s back on the wagon from January. I also intend to make sure I have protein with every meal as it keeps me full and stops me reaching for chocolate!”

CakeI will make…healthier bakes

Good Food’s deputy food editor, Sarah Cook will be trying out some sugar alternatives for healthier bakes in the new year; ”Refined sugar seems to be the big worry for the health conscious. I’m going to experiment with stevia, (a natural plant extract) which is dried so looks like icing sugar and also agave syrup – an ideal replacement for honey and golden syrup”

I will…eat less, more often’s web assistant, Natalie Hardwick will be avoiding unhealthy snacking by eating regularly throughout the day; ”My new year’s resolution is to stop eating three large meals a day and instead tuck into six smaller dishes, which is supposed to increase your metabolism and promote energy levels. A filling breakfast like porridge or eggs should help to keen me fuller for longer too.”

Vodka blushI will…say no to temptation

Easy Cook’s editorial assistant, Lucy Netherton hopes banishing the booze will help her stick to a new healthy regime: ”In 2012 I plan to cut down on drinking alcohol, especially during January and February. December is a busy month for me, the Christmas parties and family celebrations are in full swing, and it can be hard to say no to a few festive cocktails! Not only will cutting back help me save calories and fat but it also helps me make better decisions about what I’m eating – I find it hard to refuse a tempting take away after a few drinks. It will also help me save money too, which after Christmas shopping is a necessity!”

I will… make sensible swaps

Good Food cookery assistant, Cassie Best intends to make simple swaps in her everyday diet to promote better health; ”I plan to lower my carbohydrate intake by swapping white pasta and bread for healthier wholegrains while also cutting down on saturated fats by replacing snacks like cakes and crisps for nutritious veggie sticks and smoothies.”

PizzaI will…learn a new recipe every month

Easy Cook’s assistant editor, Sarah Sysum has a plan for making her healthy eating regime last all year; ”I intend to add one new ‘favourite’ healthy recipe to my repertoire each month and then continue to cook it for the rest of the year. By December I’ll have 12 more recipes I can cook with confidence and won’t be falling back on shepherd’s pie… again!”