Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cream Puff Swans

I have always loved cream puffs and so when I saw these little swans at a party many years ago, I decided to try making them, using a basic recipe, passed down from my Mom. I think the first time I made them was for my daughter’s 1st Birthday! I most recently made these for a bridal shower, but they will adapt to most any occasion. For a baby shower, try making one or two big ones with a trail of smaller ones to represent a family.

Ingredients: (makes about 24 – 30)

1/2 c butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 c water
1 c flour
4 eggs


Method:
Bring margarine, salt and water to boil in a small pot.
Remove from heat and quickly add 1 cup flour, stirring vigorously, until it completely loosens from sides of pot.
Beat in eggs, separately, with wooden spoon - until smooth.

For the bodies:
Drop by tsp on greased and floured (or parchment paper lined) cookie sheets.
Bake at 450ºF for the first 10 min. Lower temp to 350ºF and bake another 25 - 30 min. Cool.

For the necks:
Fill a decorating tube or bag with about ½ - 3/4 c of the batter and, using a #58 writing tip, write out 30 or so (2 ½ “ tall) question marks on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. (I like to use my air bake baking sheet for this because it won’t burn them from underneath) They will look way too thin, but they puff up to the right size. Bake at 450ºF for about 5 minutes and then check and don’t leave the oven until they are just a light golden color, maybe another 3 minutes.



To assemble:
Slice horizontally about ¾ of the way up (not in half) - just the top, and set aside. Fill bottoms.
Insert the necks on the right end. If your puffs are a slightly elongated, make sure it’s on a narrow end. If they are totally round, it doesn’t’ matter.
For wings, cut tops in half and insert, cut side into filling, so that the wings stand up.
Place on shiny silver tray or mirror for lake effect. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, using a small sieve.

Filling:
2 cups cooked vanilla pudding. Cool and mix with 1 cup whipped cream

34 comments:

  1. Those are marvelous! Now all I need is a grandaughter so I can make them for her first birthday party!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, how cute!! Anneliese, you are always so creative! My birdwatching son would love these!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Those look great...very good for a special occasion. Job well done!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. They are so beautiful. Lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love cream puffs. . .oh Anneliese. . .do you have one to spare? I think those are adorable ..

    ReplyDelete
  6. Would be superb for a bridal shower; swans mate for life.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Anneliese! Your are blowing my mind here! Those are so darn cute!! I'm so impressed :0)

    ReplyDelete
  8. These swans look wonderful Anneliese!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm certain that I could not make them, but I sure could eat them!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh Ellen I just love this idea how funny for a party...thanks for sharing this one...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

    ReplyDelete
  11. Picture perfect as usual Anneliese. I remember being at afew showers where you brought cream puff swans. Adorable. Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh you are incredible Anneliese! Wow...these are amazing! What a beautiful treat those will be for someone...by now I am sure they are all gone! Grin....lovely. And as always..you make it seem so easy!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Those are so cute!!! Those would look great for a wedding or an afternoon tea too........hugs, Jennifer

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh my gosh, that it is prettiest dessert ever!! (And I bet it tastes wonderful too!) I have never seen creme puff swans. Very very cool!

    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love to make these too but yours look so much more like swans then mine do. I fill them with chicken salad or cream depending upon the occasion. There is a wonderful place here in Atlanta that they call the Swan House and they serve them as their signature dessert. I was there right after Mother's day for lunch with my daughter, and after I took a bite and took off the old Swan's head I thought I should take a photo for my blog:) Too late to put the head back on:) Good excuse to go back again to eat more and take photos:)
    Joyce

    ReplyDelete
  16. Those are the coolest cream puffs ever!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your cream puff swans look just perfect, Anneliese! What a great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  18. so cool, they look so pretty, almost too nice to bite into.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anneliese, these are sooo beautiful!
    I have made cream puffs for decades - using the same recipe you use... but I have never seen them made like swans.

    I tried some times ago to made cream puffs gluten-free and didn't like the end result -- now I'm motivated to try again.

    ReplyDelete
  20. How lovely! My older daughter asked me recently about how to make cream puffs. Your recipe and photos will be helpful. I have only made the boring kind, nothing special.

    ReplyDelete
  21. That is the cutest thing! I've never seen anything like it before - very clever!

    ReplyDelete
  22. BEAUTIFUL!!!
    (By the way, Paet loves cream-puffs!)

    ReplyDelete
  23. wonderful!!! My family will gobble these up. And my daughter's birthday is coming right up. Great timing!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I tried this recipe without any problems...however, I used a different recipe for the pastry cream. Since I don't have one of those airbaking pans one side of the swan necks came out darker than the other.. I placed all the swans on a tray facing the same direction heheh Thanks for the recipe :-)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow... you just opened the gate on a whole bunch of possibilities! Cream puff swans means I could make cream puff baskets, baskets, sale boats...

    They are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  26. These are lovely. We made these for my elder daughter's graduation party, wow, could that be 8 years ago?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Had these for our wedding desert over 20 years ago. Were impressive!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love these! Beautiful! I would love to try them!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wow, these are amazing! I've mastered just a plain old puff...I might have to try these beauties~

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi Anneliese

    Just a quick question about your cup measures. I live in Australia and am used to weighing amounts for cooking. When you use, say, a cup full of flour, do you spoon the flour into the cup or do you simply scoop the cup through the flour bin? Might sound like a silly question but I have heard that the 'scooping' can compact the flour and therefore not be a really good way to do it. Is this true? Also, with your cream puff recipe, do you use bread making flour or ordinary cake flour? Thanks.

    Sonya

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hi Sonya,
    I just scoop into the bin and fill a 250 ml cup. I don't tap it down.
    And yes. I use ordinary unbleached flour ... the same for pastry as for bread.,,.
    but I do like to mix in some whole wheat or multigrain for bread.
    I hope that helps.

    ReplyDelete

  32. Thanks for your reply, Anneliese. I will try your way. I'm sure it will be a great success. You are all doing a great job by the way. Very inspiring.

    Kind regards,
    Sonya

    ReplyDelete