My family is fond of this recipe from Hershey’s Kitchens. My husband even chose to take these chocolaty pastries to share with his coworkers instead of birthday cake! Those of you who believe cream puffs must be difficult to make will be surprised that the only real predicament you may run into, is keeping your paws off the entire batch.
I made the puffs smaller than the recipe states, and watched the oven until they were light golden brown. I imagine bigger might be better when it comes to hogging my own cream puff, and will make them full size next time.
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 cup (1/2 pt.) cold whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small cup; let stand 1 minute to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool slightly.
2. Stir together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl; add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of mixer, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatin mixture; beat until well blended. Store in the refrigerator while you make the pastry.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease cookie sheet.
2. Combine water, butter and salt in medium saucepan; cook to boiling, stirring until butter melts. Add flour all at once; stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture leaves the side of pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with spoon after each addition until smooth. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons into 6 mounds, 3 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheet.
4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Horizontally slice small portion from top of puffs; set tops aside. Remove and discard any soft dough from inside puffs. Cool completely. Fill puffs with the chocolate mousse; replace tops. Refrigerate about 1 hour and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar just before serving.
Makes about 6 puffs.
This recipe belongs to the Hershey’s Kitchen. You can find many more free Hershey’s recipes at http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/home.asp.
Picture and write-up by Laura Flowers.