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State Fair Cream Puffs

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp plus 2 tblsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tblsp sugar
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

I’m saving the best state fair food for last…;.cream puffs! So happy Friday. I don’t know if this is just a Wisconsin thing or a state fair staple in general but I know that our fair goes through thousands of these things each day. There’s nothing quite like the crispy pastry and gobs of whipped cream dusted with powdered sugar. Although on a hot day, this can be a giant mess.

Cream puffs are super simple to make and can be made fairly quick. I decided to make bite-sized cream puffs but the recipe will craft 12 ‘normal’ sized cream puffs. I also added a dash of vanilla to my cream for a burst of flavor. If you decide to do this, be sure to use clear vanilla extract to avoid tinting your cream.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and then fit a pastry bag with a 1/2″ plain tip. Preheat your oven to 450° and place the racks in the upper and middle thirds of the oven.

In a medium saucepan, bring milk, butter, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add in the flour and then reduce the heat to low. Continue to stir with a spoon until the dough turns into a ball, 1-2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Add 1 egg into the dough and stir vigorously until the egg is mixed in and the dough appears dry again. Repeat with 4 of the remaining eggs. The dough should turn out shiny and thick.

Transfer the dough into the pasty bag and pipe 2 1/2 inch rounds onto the prepared pans. Mix together the remaining egg and 2 teaspoons of water and brush the wash over the tops of each puff.

Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and turn the oven off. Set the timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the oven to 350° and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Continue to bake until the puffs are golden brown. Make sure that the puffs are fully cooked before removing them from the oven otherwise they will cave in once removed from the oven.

Whip together the cream, sugar and vanilla (if desired) in a chilled mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Cut the tops of each puff off with a serrated knife and gently pipe or spoon the cream onto the bottom half. Replace the top half of the puff gently and dust with powdered sugar. Perfection.

State Fair Cream Puffs
Author: April | Food n’ Focus
Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp plus 2 tblsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 tblsp sugar
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and then fit a pastry bag with a ½″ plain tip.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450° and place the racks in the upper and middle thirds of the oven.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring milk, butter, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt and ½ cup of water to a boil. Add in the flour and then reduce the heat to low. Continue to stir with a spoon until the dough turns into a ball, 1-2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  4. Add 1 egg into the dough and stir vigorously until the egg is mixed in and the dough appears dry again. Repeat with 4 of the remaining eggs. The dough should turn out shiny and thick.
  5. Transfer the dough into the pasty bag and pipe 2½ inch rounds onto the prepared pans. Mix together the remaining egg and 2 teaspoons of water and brush the wash over the tops of each puff.
  6. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and turn the oven off. Set the timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the oven to 350° and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Continue to bake until the puffs are golden brown. Make sure that the puffs are fully cooked before removing them from the oven otherwise they will cave in once removed from the oven.
  7. Whip together the cream, sugar and vanilla (if desired) in a chilled mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Cut the tops of each puff off with a serrated knife and gently pipe or spoon the cream onto the bottom half. Replace the top half of the puff gently and dust with powdered sugar.
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State Fair Cream Puffs | foodnfocus.com

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