Thursday, September 27, 2012

Almond Cream Puffs : Free And Easy Bake-Along #33 - Theme : Cream Puffs

It's time again for our Bake-Along! For this week's theme bake, my baking buddy, Lena from Frozen Wings has chosen "Cream Puffs"! I was really glad that this theme was chosen, which really 'pushed' me into trying out this yummilicious recipe that I intended to make for ages. There's a sticker sticking out from this very page which I have bookmarked  for more than a year! Ah-ha! I bet I'm not the only one who has recipes bookmarked for ages! Don't we all!

These are downright yummy!

I made half a recipe, and got only 5. Used the store-bought frozen puff pastry, they really do make life easier! The pastry are cut into two sizes of rounds (3" and 2-1/2"), for the base and for the top. The filling is made up of eggs, flour, ground almonds, sugar and whipped cream. To assemble, simply place the 3" cut pastry onto the bottom of the muffin pan, scoop two tablespoons of the filling on top of the pastry and cover the top with the 2-1/2" piece, seal the two pastries together, brush with milk and bake. Easy, peasy! The only thing is I did not seal the two pieces together because when I placed the filling onto the bottom pastry, it covers the pastry, so I am unable to seal the bottom pastry with the top one. But that is not a problem, it turns out just fine!

Eat it while still warm, nice and crispy! Scatter some icing sugar over the top before serving, yumssss! 

A definite hit with the kids and myself! The puff pastry, is of course, very light and crispy, I would not expect otherwise! And the filling is an absolute delight, not too sweet and very good! So if you would like to give this a try, make the full recipe! It is really good eaten warm, about 10 minutes right after baking, but be careful, the filling is hot! Reheat the ones that has gone cold, just before serving. 

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Almond Cream Puffs
(Pastry Cook by Catherine Atkinson)
Makes 10
275gm puff pastry
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
2 tbsp ground almonds
2 tbsp caster sugar
a few drops of vanilla or almond extract
150ml (2/3 cup) double (heavy) cream, whipped
milk, to glaze
icing (confectioners' sugar)

  1. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface, and cut out ten 7.5cm/3in plain rounds and ten 6.5cm/2-1/2in fluted rounds. Keep the smaller rounds for the tops, and use the larger ones to line a patty or cupcake tin. Chill for about 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks with the flour, almonds, sugar and vanilla essence. Fold in the cream and spoon into the pastry cases. Brush the rims with milk, add the tops and seal the edges. Glaze with milk. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool slightly. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
**These are best served warm, reheat any that become cold before eating.

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  1. These would be a hit in our house. Who doesn't puffs!

  2. Oh yummy! My all time favorite! These looks so delicious & inviting with almond cream! I wanna make some too .

  3. Love the look of those browned side edges!

  4. I'm imagining... the warm oozing almond custard with your first bite can be as heavenly as I can imagine...

  5. Almond custard filling looks yummy to me. This is something new to me, yours are quite a new way of doing cream puff.

  6. I love almond cream! I would sure love to have a few of yours. I really wish that we can all bring our bakes and exchange and share :)

  7. oh my gosh, i'd love to pluck one of those right from the screen! they look so good!

  8. I just can imagine the custard oozing out so as the crispiness of puff pastry in every bite ! DROOL ! lol

  9. good morning, i stayed up till so late yesterday and am now so sleepy. Your almond fillings sounds delicious , you already knew that my puffs were done much earlier so gone by now..can you throw one here pls? just one enuf, i still got to pick up from the rest!! LOL!

  10. Oh Joyce, this is quite unique, using puff pastry to make it!

  11. Eileen, hundred eighty degreesThursday, September 27, 2012

    Hi Joyce, my first cream puff was made years ago before my blogging days. Hopefully I will have time to join you guys . Yours look good!

  12. I used to make cream puffs, all the time and now it is years, since I have made them and I am afraid to make them. Yours do inspire me and maybe, I will follow promises.

    They look ever so good.

  13. the 3 of you so creative..lena's got beautiful swan cream puffs, zoe's got crispy top cream puffs and yours look like 'scallop' cream puff..and all oso look soooo tempting..

  14. An incredible effort and very innovative.

  15. I've never tasted almond cream puffs. I hope I can taste one. Got to find it in nearest bakeshops.
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  16. The filling sounds great ! Definitely very yummy with the crispy puff pastry.

  17. Joyce, I want those cream puffs! Five or even 10 is not enough, not in my house :)

  18. Interesting twist on the usual cream puffs, Joyce. Yours look delicious!

  19. Absolutamente deliciosos y suaves al paladar una hermosura,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  20. So temptinglah when I need to lost another 15kilogram....hehehe...

  21. It looks so perfumed. I want that for diner, tonight !!

  22. Looking at your cream puffs have reminded me of those Beard Pappa's puffs, hahaha! Yours look finger-licking good!

  23. Joyce,
    your cream puff sounds so good with puff pastry and I love love your filling with almond meal.

  24. Looks like I need to go and get the sixth pack of puff pastry!! Thanks for this awesome yet simple to do recipe!