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Chocolate-Filled Cream Puffs Deluxe

Yield 3 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate Pastry Cream

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously over medium heat until mixture leaves sides of p an and forms a smooth ball. Remove mixture from heat, and cool slightly.

  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat until batter is smooth.

  3. Spoon batter into a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe batter into 2-inch mounds, 3 inches apart, onto greased baking sheets. Lightly brush each puff with egg white. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove to wire racks, and cool away from drafts.

  4. Cut tops off cream puffs; remove and discard soft dough inside. Fill bottom halves with Chocolate Pastry Cream using a pastry bag, if desired. Replace top, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

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