Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mom's Cream Puffs

My friend B has this amazing blog called vertigobcooks. She's a wonderful writer and can make any recipe come to life! In one of her posts (of which I can't find!) she asked about cookbooks. If there was one that you just couldn't live without in your kitchen. Well, I have 2. The Lancaster County Cookbook by Louise Stoltzfus and Jan Mast and Betty Groff's Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook. My mom was born and raised in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She can't cook for 2 or 4 for that matter...she has to cook for at least 10!
Mom made cream puffs all the time when we were kids. I never thought I'd be able to replicate them. She always did them from memory and they turned out perfect everytime. Now, she made the puffs and the cream. There is nothing store bought here.
So, when I got married 12 years ago, my hubby and I used to dig through the bargain book section of any bookstore. I came arcoss Betty Groff's Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook. I bought it, just out of curiosity, never thinking that I'd find so many of my mom's "from memory" recipes!

Cream Puffs
1 cup water
1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs
Put water in heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Add butter and salt. When melted, add flour and stir bristly with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to med-low and cook till mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Beat the eggs 1 at a time until batter is smooth and well mixed. Drop by spoonsful onto greased cookie sheet, shaping the batter into a point. Place 2 inches apart. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and cook another 25-30 minutes.
Cool and fill with your favorite filling. Pierce a hole in the side of the puff and pipe in filling or split half way around and fill with a small spoon.

Vanilla Cream Pudding
3/4 c sugar
6 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar, flour and salt in a small bowl . Scald milk in a large heavy saucepan and gradually pour in the sugar mixture, stirring constantly over med heat until thickened (about 5 minutes) add butter and stir. Remove a small amount of thickened filling and pour it over the beaten eggs. Mix together and pour into the filling, simmering over low for 5 more minutes. Remove from the stove and add vanilla. Cool (place a piece of wax paper on top to prevent the top from drying)
Recipe taken from Betty Groff's Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook


Renee said...

Ok, so I commend you for your baking skills! They look yummy. I am actually NOT a baker whatsoever. Seems like now that I have so many toddlers tugging at my pants leg, I hate cooking lately!

By the way, I was cracking up at your comments on my post about lasik! You are so funny!! I literally laughed out loud. I also can relate. Maybe one day you'll have a strange spasm and go do it like I did?!! If not, who cares right?!! Thanks for your honest comments.

vertigob said...

Okay, you got me. I will definitely be making these!

Mr. Smith will probably want them filled with chocolate pudding in his ongoing effort to find chocolate pudding donuts.

Dunkin' Donuts discontinued making them and he has been heartbroken ever since.

Also, thanks for the shout out about my writing. It warms my heart!


vertigob said...

By the way, here is a link to that post