Mom’s cream puffs are pretty famous. It’s by far the recipe that people request from her the most, followed closely by her deviled eggs. When I was in high school, I wanted to make her cream puffs and share them with my co-workers at the local drug store. I messed up the Pâte à Choux, though, and had to bake something else. Everyone was disappointed, mostly me. And that was the last time I attempted cream puffs until this past Memorial Day weekend.
My parents stayed with us for the weekend and I told my mom we needed to make cream puffs together. She texted me that sure, she’d love to, followed by a bunch of shoe emojis. I asked her why all the shoe emojis and she told me it’s because I like shoes.
On Saturday afternoon, we made two batches of Pâte à Choux. She made the first batch while I watched and I made the second batch. It actually wasn’t hard at all. I told her how great it was to have an assistant. Especially a mom assistant proficient in cream puffs that helps with the dishes. Preferably one who has a weakness for gold rings and glitter nail polish. Check. It was so much fun baking together. I knew she had really gotten into the food styling when she said, “Maybe we should drizzle chocolate on top!” She doesn’t even like chocolate.
Thanks to my mom, I’m giving you the most picture-heavy recipe post in Dula Notes history with a step-by-step guide to Pâte à Choux. The pastry cream filling was new to both us, however, because my mom always fills her cream puffs with a secret mixture of instant pudding flavors and cool whip. I told her we were doing these cream puffs all from scratch and she wasn’t surprised. To get as close to my mom’s filling as possible, but the all-from-scratch version, we made a vanilla pastry cream recipe and folded in freshly whipped cream. It’s pretty amazing, you guys.
Also, Amelia of Bon Appétempt made a video with her Mom where they made eclairs together. It’s my favorite of her hilarious videos and it really made me want to get in the kitchen with my Mom. It’s from 2 years ago, but it will make your day.