Monday, April 4, 2011

Cream Puff Dessert

Today is my sister Norma's birthday..wishing you a wonderful and happy day dear sister! I asked her what her favorite dessert was and she told me that this cream puff dessert is one of her favorites. I first tasted this dessert at her house a long time ago and of course I wanted the recipe:) I have made it often, it was a popular birthday dessert for our staff. It is a large dessert and can feed a crowd! Oh and if you happen to meet up with Norma today wish her a happy birthday, okay? Base:

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 cup flour

  • 5 eggs


  1. In a saucepan bring water and butter to a boil.

  2. Mix flour into the water and butter mixture and stir until the flour is stirred in and it forms a ball. Remove from heat.

  3. Add eggs, one at time and beat until smooth and satiny. This is a bit of a workout on the arm so if you have someone else in the house ask for a hand..or would that be an arm:)

  4. Spread on a large greased cookie sheet, one that has edges. My pan size is approx 13 x 17.

  5. Bake at 425ยบ for 15 to 20 minutes until golden in color.

  6. Once baked it will have a bumpy look..don't worry, that is how it should look. With your hand, very gently press those bumps down just a little. They will deflate on their own a bit too.

  7. Cool.
Filling and topping:

  • 1 250 g (8 oz) package cream cheese

  • 1 box, 153 g (6 serving size) of instant vanilla pudding

  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream (whipped and sweetened..I added 1/3 cup icing (powdered) sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla)

  • Chocolate sauce


  1. Beat softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

  2. Prepare pudding as per box instructions.

  3. Whisk together pudding and cream cheese until smooth, spread on cooled base.

  4. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Refrigerate till serving time.

  5. This is delicious as is but you can add bananas and fresh fruit if you wish.

37 comments:

  1. Can this be made the day before you need it? I think it would be a great dessert for Easter since we have a large crowd but I need to be able to make it the day prior.

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  2. @Tracey I would imagine you could make all the components: the base, the pudding and the sweet cream the day before and then just take a couple minutes to put it together on Easter Sunday.

    I made this with chocolate pudding and everyone LOVED it. awesome!

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  3. Betty, thank you for the birthday wishes and for posting my favourite dessert! Love you sis.

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  4. this looks so simple and yet irresistible! thanks for sharing :)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  5. This looks so good and I'd like to try it for a party tomorrow but when you say whipped cream ~whipped and sweetened~ how do you sweeten it?
    Thanks in advance!

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  6. Tracey..I have served this dessert the day after I made it and it was great, just keep refrigerated.
    Drewsneen..I sweetened the whipped cream with icing (powdered) sugar. I

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  7. Don't throw tomatoes but could you use Cool whip in a pinch?

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  8. Thanks! I have always baked this recipe in a 9" X 13". I love the idea of making it even thinner. Hubby is diabetic and this is a great sugar free dessert...using s-f instant pudding. Thanks much for the reminder - I will be making this soon!

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  9. Nice meeting you the other day. Hoping you had a better experience with your meal! I will make this dessert for Easter- it looks decadent.

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  10. ok neighbor, you got any of that left, i can be there in 40 minutes, with my pjs still on that is...grin.

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  11. Anonymous..chuckling at your comment..yes you could use cool whip.

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  12. oh silly me, I wanted to wish
    .......NORMA......
    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
    I hope that Betty is sharing some of that with you, especially since it is one of your favorites and your birthday and all :) (and your favorite sister)

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  13. Recently found your blog and love it. I'm making last weeks salmon tonight and look forward to serving this at our next big family get together . Jo

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  14. I think this dessert has my fingers ready to go...Sounds more than delicious. I've always loved cream puffs, but this brings out a new twist and now you know that you can bring dessert to our big Debut'

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  15. Happy birthday, Norma. And I'll have a piece of your favorite dessert. Looks most yummy!

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  16. This looks delicious, Betty! Nice pics. :) And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NORMA! :)

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  17. Happy Birthday Norma! :)

    This is one of my personal favorites too! Enjoy a BIG piece for me as well.

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  18. It's fun to find out more ways to use the cream puff pastry.. Thank you, Betty ... and Happy Birthday to your sister.

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  19. I shared one of your reciepes (Gluten free) with a lady from our church....last night she ask me where you get your white corn meal.

    I told her that I would ask.
    You can send your reply to Colemanverna@yahoo.com

    note in subject-white cornmeal in case it goes to my spam.

    thank you.

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  20. Happy Birthday Norma. . .hope you have a wonderful day. ..I wish I could come have some cake too!

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  21. I am making this right now (looks good so far!) but I think you need to mention to cool the dough before adding eggs

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  22. CJ..it's okay if you want to cool the dough before you add the eggs but you don't need to. I never do for this recipe and it works just fine.

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  23. Thank you everyone for all the Birthday wishes. I truly feel blessed!!

    Charlottemgcc - Just so you know, my very favourite sister did treat me & hubby with some pieces on Saturday. As always, it was awesome!!!

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  24. Love your Blog! Could you make this dessert with the Gluten Free Cream Puff Recipe?

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  25. Happy Birthday Norma! I've used the base baked in two pie pans, spread the paste up the sides a bit. Not pressed any parts down after baking. Topped with Chicken Salad for brunch. (Tomatoes would be good with the Chicken Salad.)

    After baking you can wrap carefully and freeze, unfilled. Heat through in the oven, low-med temperature, to re-crisp. Kate

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  26. Looks great..a great dessert for Easter...

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  27. I really enjoy finding recipes like this one that look and I'm sure tasteso delicious but are so simple to prepare.

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  28. Lisa..I don't see why you couldn't make this dessert with the gluten free cream puff recipe.

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  29. And I too will wish the birthday girl a year of blessings. The cake looks wonderful.

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  30. YUMMY! Happy Birthday Auntie Norma...I hope you're getting some of this dessert today!

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  31. to save your arms from all the hand mixing, use your food processor to add in the eggs. just take your cooked batter and put it in the food processor, add the eggs(all at once is just fine) and whir away till satiny. The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, uses this method and it really works great.

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  32. wow...a cream puff recipe that I can actually handle...this looks great betty r.....grin. Love it...so will my public works guys when I serve it to them tomorrow.

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  33. The chocolate sauce you mention, is that purchased or made in your kitchen?

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  34. June..this chocolate sauce was purchased but you sure could use homemade. Most often I do make my own.

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  35. I just found your site and already love it! Going to make the Cream Puff Dessert for Easter dinner.

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  36. I made this dessert with Gluten Free all purpose flour. Turned out really well!

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    1. Sounds wonderful, thank you for letting us know!

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