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Friday, October 2, 2009

Nan's Cream Puffs

Nan's Cream Puffs (sometimes called Chocolate Eclairs) are something I only recently rediscovered when searching through all my nan's old hand written recipes a few weeks ago, and I am so glad I did. Not only are they super yummy, but they really are very easy to make (truly they are!) and there are limited ingredients, something else I love about old recipes.

So here it is I hope you give it a go and let me know how you went ;) (I have slightly expanded on Nan's recipe so I hope it all makes sense, she liked to keep things short and sweet)

1 Cup Hot Water
1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine
1 Cup SR Flour
3 Eggs - Slightly beaten
500ml Whipping Cream
2 Tbl Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
200g Dark Cooking Chocolate

Preheat your oven to 180oC. Line a large flat baking tray with non stick baking paper. In a medium saucepan bring the water and butter to a gentle boil and add flour all at once. Remove from the heat and beat until the dough comes together and is smooth. Sit aside to cool for approx 10-15mins. When cooled, add the beaten eggs and mix with a wooden spoon for 5 mins until mixture is sticky and glossy. You can either place mixture into a piping bag and pipe either drops or logs (Eclairs) or you can heap Tablespoon size heaps onto the tray (this was how nan made them).
Bake in the oven for approx 12mins until golden brown and hollow sounding, then remove from oven and pierce a small hole in the base of each puff to let the steam escape and return to the oven upside down for approx another 5 mins.
Leave on a cooling rack until completely cool. While cooling whip your cream and icing sugar together and just as soft peaks are starting to form add your vanilla essence and continue to whip until stiff. You can either slice the puffs in half and fill or place cream in a piping bag with a small nozzle and stuff them by poking it into the holes you made earlier for the steam. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir, if not completely melted place back in microwave for 30 sec bursts stirring in between. Drizzle with the melted chocolate and place into the fridge to set.

Enjoy ♥

Bel xx


  1. Oh yum, yum yum! thanks for this recipe Bel and Nan! x

  2. Oh these look incredible. I'm a huge pastry fan, and nothing beats a Nan recipe.


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