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Flash Back Friday ~ Cream Puff Dessert

This cream puff dessert is quite a popular dessert. It serves a crowd and some will want to come back for seconds so you probably won't end up with any leftovers. My sister shared this recipe with me many years ago and I have shared it with many as well. It's like cream puffs but in a pan.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 5 eggs
  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring water and butter to a boil.
  2. Mix flour into water and butter mixture and stir until the flour is mixed 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. I use my electric hand held mixer.
  4. Spread on a large greased cookie sheet, one that has edges. My pan size is approx 13 inches x 17 inches.
  5. Bake in a 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 down those bumps just a little. They will deflate on their own a little as well.
  7. Cool.
Filling and topping: 
  • 1 / 250 g (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1 box, 153 g (6 serving size) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream (whipped and sweetened, I made a small change from the original recipe, instead of 1/3 cup icing sugar I used 3 tablespoons icing sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla)
  • Chocolate sauce for drizzling
  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. Drizzle chocolate sauce in lines up and down the length of the pan then the opposite way to give you that wavy look. Refrigerate till serving time.
  5. This is delicious as is but you can add bananas or other fresh fruit if you desire which would be added before the whipped cream.


  1. Can you use regular pudding packages? Not a great fan of instant pudding.

    1. Yes you can. Just make sure your pudding has cooled completely before you mix in the cream cheese.

  2. This is one of our all time favourite recipes Betty!! When I first saw this on MGCC I knew I had to make it and it's been a hit every time. Yum!