How Can You Improve Cream Puffs… ? Just Add Chocolate

Most people will say that Cream Puffs are pretty delicious but now someone decided to change it up a little and create Chocolate Cream Puffs. I’m sure all the chocolate lovers out there are rejoicing LOL. And if the pastry and the chocolate cream puff is not enough for you, then you top everything off with some chocolate ganache.


The recipe itself is pretty simple to complete, however it does take some time due to the cooling down time. If you are in a hurry you can always substitute the chocolate cream and use chocolate ice cream.  But whatever you do make sure you enjoy these Cream Puff the same day. You will want to enjoy the crispiness of the pastry right away.

 

Ingredients
Choux Pastry
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
3.5 oz (100ml) milk
3.5 0z (100ml) water
2 tsp (10g) sugar
1/2 tsp (2g) salt
5 1/2 tbsp (80g) unsalted butter
4 eggs
Chocolate Pastry Cream
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup (70g) sugar
1/3 cup (40g) cornstarch
2 cups (480 ml) milk
4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp (15g) unsalted butter
Chocolate Ganache
4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup (120g) whipping cream

Procedure

1. First prepare the pastry cream to have it ready by the time the choux pastries are baked.

2. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar until slightly pale.

3. Incorporate the cornstarch. Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour about a third of the hot milk over the egg yolks mixture. Pour the whole mixture into the saucepan over the milk. Bring to a boil while stirring and thickens.

4. Keep enough over heat to cook all the cornstarch. Remove from heat, add chocolate and keep stirring until chocolate is melted completely. Pour the cream into a clean bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then incorporate the butter while stirring. Cool slightly, cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the pastry cream to prevent forming a skin on the surface. Refrigerate until ready to use.

5. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).

6. Prepare the choux pastry. Sift the flour. In a saucepan bring the milk, water, sugar, salt and butter to a boil.

7. Remove from heat and add flour all at once and incorporate mixing energetically with a wooden spoon until homogeneous.

8. Return the saucepan over low heat and while stirring cook for 1 minute or two to pull out the moisture from the batter and until it pulls away from the sides of the pan. You will see some of the dough sticks to the bottom of the pan.

9. Transfer batter to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add the eggs one at a time, carefully incorporating each into the batter using the wooden spoon or even a stand mixer. It will result in a smooth, homogeneous batter which still holds its shape.

10. Fit a pastry bag with a large ½ inch (1cm) round tip and pipe the dough into 1- 1 1/2 inch (3-4 cm) circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

11. Bake for 25-30 minutes until browned and puffed.

12. Prick each with a skewer to release steam and allow to cool on a wire rack. Split the cream puffs in half.

13. Remove pastry cream from refrigerator and whisk until smooth. Transfer the pastry cream into a piping bag fitted with 1/4 inch (6 mm) plain or star tip.

14. Pipe pastry cream to fill the cream puffs. Top with the pastry caps.

15. Prepare the chocolate ganache. In a small saucepan, place cream over medium-low heat for a few minutes to get hot. No
boiling or simmering needed. Remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate and let rest for 1-2 minutes. Stir until
dissolved.

16. Use a spoon or transfer the ganache into a piping bag fitted with 1/8 inch (3mm) plain tip and drizzle the ganache over
the top of cream puffs.


Source: Home Cooking Adventure