While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Sweet stuff: January 2 is National Cream Puff Day.
What do cream puffs, profiteroles and beignets have in common? They’re all made from the same type of dough – pâte à choux. Unlike beignets, which are fried, cream puffs are baked. This French confection doesn’t contain a leavening agent. Instead they puff up from steam that’s created when they bake.
Then comes the fillings. Cream puffs and their relatives, churros and éclairs, are typically filled with whipped cream, pastry cream and in some cases ice cream. Cream puffs are cut in half with the filling sandwiched in between. And, while éclairs are mostly covered in chocolate, cream puffs might only have powdered sugar dusted over them.
Once you get the technique down, cream puffs are easy to make and a great dessert or treat. They can also be made with savory fillings and if you’ve got a fryer you could make churros too.
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