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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling


1/2 c. shortening

1 c. boiling water

1 c. all-purpose flour

4 eggs

1 recipe custard


Measure shortening into saucepan; add boiling water. Boil until shortening melts. Add flour, all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Drop by heaping

tablespoonfuls onto greased shallow baking pan. round dough with spoon, leaving a pointed center.

Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 400 degrees; bake for 25 minutes longer. Cool; slit on side and scoop out centers. Fill with custard filling. Dust with confectioners’ sugar or top with frosting or sauce.




2 1/2 c. milk

5 egg yolks

3/4 c. sugar

2/3 c. sifted all purpose flour

2 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 cups whipped cream

Heat milk in large heavy saucepan until bubbles appear around edge. Beat egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl with wire whisk or mixer until pale yellow and thick. Beat in flour until well mixed. Gradually beat in hot milk; pour all back into double boiler. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to boiling, lower heat. Mixture will be lumpy in the beginning, but lumps disappear during cooking and stirring. Continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes, over low heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will be quite thick. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Place a piece of wax paper directly on surface of filling to prevent skin from forming. Chill at least 2 hours. If filling becomes too stiff after it’s chilled, gradually stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons cream or milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Just before filling the cream puffs fold in whipped cream to make it light and fluffy.


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