Traditional cream puff recipes use ½ cup butter and 4 to 5 whole eggs. We've reduced the fat to 2 tablespoons and cut out 3 egg yolks. Filled with Light Custard and fresh berries, these add an elegant flourish to a special dinner.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
5 large egg whites
Set rack in the center of the oven; preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or coat them with cooking spray.
Combine water, butter, oil, salt and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring just to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add flour all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a smooth paste. Return the mixture to low heat and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes. This will slightly dry the paste. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes.
Lightly whisk together whole eggs and egg whites. Beat one quarter of the egg mixture into the flour paste with an electric mixer until it is absorbed. Repeat with three more additions of the egg mixture, until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Note: The unbaked cream puff paste will be much less firm than that of a traditional cream puff.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture, 2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time until puffed and well browned, 25 to 30 minutes. (Cover unbaked cream puffs with plastic wrap.) Poke each puff in two places with the tip of a paring knife to allow steam to escape, and cool on a rack.
To serve, cut each cream puff in half with a serrated knife, removing any excess uncooked dough from the center. Fill as desired and serve immediately.
Make Ahead Tip: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
The consistency and the smell of these when cooking is very very deceiving. I actually only made four to begin with because I was doubtful that they would rise at all. They dont rise as much as a traditional cream puff, but they are nice looking. They almost look more like an unfilled doughnut. The taste is quite nice however, and once filled, they're pretty good. I'll be working on small changes to see if I can get them any closer to a full fat cream puff.