“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lighter than air Espresso Cream Puffs - you're SO worth it☺


OK, we all want to be as slim and trim as we were at 16, but it's not going to happen in this lifetime so we might as well indulge ourselves a little every now and then. I've trimmed as many calories as possible off these light as air and rich and yummy cream puffs as humanly, or humanely possibleMake these. Call your best friend. Put on a pot of coffee. Set the table and open the door. These are to be shared with someone you care about and laugh with and giggle with and share secrets with...go on - you are SO worth it!

Cream puffs never go out of style. I added espresso powder to give these a new flavor and a little punch. To lighten them, I decreased the butter in the puffs and used fat-free milk. I also added gelatin and whipped topping to the pastry cream for an incredibly light and creamy filling that holds up well.

Ingredients

* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup fat-free milk
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
* 2 large eggs
* 1 large egg white
* Cooking spray

Pastry cream:

* 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
* 1 tablespoon water
* 3/4 cup fat-free milk
* 6 tablespoons sugar
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2 large egg yolks
* 3/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
* Powdered sugar (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°
To prepare cream puffs, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside. Combine 1 cup milk, butter, and espresso granules in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; add flour mixture, stirring well until mixture is smooth and pulls away from sides of pan. Remove mixture from heat. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Drop the dough by level tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake an additional 10 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven; pierce the side of each cream puff with the tip of a sharp knife. Turn oven off; let cream puffs stand in partially closed oven for 20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare pastry cream, sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; set aside. Combine 3/4 cup milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through egg yolks) in a medium saucepan. Place over low heat; cook until warm, stirring constantly. Stir in gelatin mixture; cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl; let stand 15 minutes or until room temperature (do not allow mixture to set). Remove pan from ice. Gently whisk in whipped topping. Cover and chill 4 hours or until thick.

Cut tops off cream puffs; fill each cream puff with 1 tablespoon filling. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

7 comments:

Protege said...

I absolutely LOVE your first sentence, isn't that just right.;)
They look delicious.
xo
Zuzana

Bird said...

Mimi,

Is that food for angels?? :)

Yummy!!!!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Growing up, eclairs and cream puffs were always my favorites. Yummo! This recipe sounds delish. A friend made me a whole box of truffles a couple of years ago for my birthday. Delish! Have a great day. :) Tammy

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Mimi Darling, I think I gained 10 pounds just READING that cream puff recipe! I may just have to indulge though, despite the fact that my 16 year old figure may end up lookin 17!

Happy Belated PS,
Judy

Anne said...

My mom made the best cream puffs ever! This recipe looks so yummy. It is great to share with a special friend!

Radka said...

Absolutely amazing photos, beautiful collage. Pictures are beautifully colored, they radiate warmth and beautiful love. Have a nice day, Radka.

Anonymous said...

Mimi,

Love your blog soooo much. It's deliciously yummy from one end to another. These cream puffs especially caught my attention because my mother is always whipping them up. I will have to make a batch and add the expresso.

Your Pink Saturday friend,
Val