Valentine’s Day Dessert: Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream Recipe

Valentine's Day Dessert: Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream Recipe

If ever there was a holiday to splurge on a delicious dessert, it is Valentine’s Day. Cream Puffs, although they may seem daunting, are extremely easy to make. If you are feeling a bit indulgent, drizzle melted chocolate over the shells before dusting with powdered sugar.

Cream Puff Shells
Makes 20 – 25 Puffs

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.

3.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.

4.When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.

Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Makes 3 cups

2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
6 egg yolks
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pinch salt

1.Place the milk, half the sugar and the vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat.

2.Combine the egg yolks and the remaining sugar in a bowl and whisk until light in color. Add in the flour and the salt, mix to combine.

3.When the milk just begins to boil, remove from heat and remove vanilla bean. Very slowly dribble the hot milk into the yolk mixture, stirring all the time. When about half of the milk has been added, place all of the yolk mixture into the saucepan over medium heat. Using a spatula or a whisk, mix the pastry cream as it heats, making sure to reach all of the corners of the pan when you stir. Bring the mixture to a boil. Let boil for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. The mixture will be thick.

4.Remove from heat and add the butter. Strain if you wish for a smoother cream. Place into a bowl and cover directly with plastic wrap to stop a skin from forming on the cream. Chill and use within a few days.

Recipe Adapted from

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream Recipe Valentine's Day

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17 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Dessert: Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream Recipe”

  1. #
    robin — February 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Glory. It’s a good thing Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, or I’d be a thousand pounds! SO many deliciously sweet things on the internets today.


  2. #
    Scary Mommy — February 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    OMG, I kind of died reading this. YUM.


  3. #
    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting — February 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    OMGosh, death by awesomeness. Can I haz one rightnow right now? Yum! Stumbled and bookmarked (and, quite possibly, shopping for the ingredients as we speak. Ahem).


  4. #
    ConnieFoggles — February 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Tasting them as I read the post. Oh my goodness!


  5. #
    Lolli @ Better in Bulk — February 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Thank goodness it’s too late for me to bake tonight, because I swear I would make them right now if I could. Yum!


  6. #
    Usi Termopan — February 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I guess I am in love with pastries. I would eat any kind of pastries with any kind of filling. Yours look absolutely amazing and moist. I can’t wait to try them. The photos are just mouth-watering. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  7. #
    Curt — January 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Oh man, look at all that sweetness! Mmmm!


  8. #
    Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — February 1, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Holy heavens that looks sooooo good!!!


  9. #
    Bibi @ Daily Organized Chaos — February 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    That Cream Puff looks heavenly….I am very much addicted to Cream Puff so I don’t make them often….I think it’s time.


  10. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — February 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Um. Yum.


  11. #
    Jenn @therebelchick — February 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    These look so good! Thanks for sharing the great idea!


  12. #
    Trish — February 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I didn’t realize making cream puffs was so easy. I’m definitely going to have to give these a try!


  13. #
    truckers — April 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!



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