Cream Puffs filled with Strawberry and Mascarpone – Guest Post for Ananda @ A Pinch of Love

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I was surprised and smiling from cheek to cheek as I saw those cream puffs rising tall. Kept my fingers crossed and hoped that it doesn’t fall flat after a while. It didn’t and they were still standing firm when I took them out of the oven. I kept staring impatiently for them to cool down and after a while, I held one in my hand.. they were perfect (at least in my world)!

I jumped like a crazy girl, told the whole world about it and did my happy dance for a very long long time 🙂

 

My very good friend Ananda of the gorgeous blog A Pinch of Love approached me few weeks back with guest post request. She is a physicist, staying in Finland and is currently super-busy completing her PhD. Once you go in her blog, it’s tough to get away from there soon. You will get lost in her photographybaking skills and the stories she shares.

I visited her blog few months back and fell in love with it immediately. We became friends very quickly and with her busy schedule, we hardly got time to chat much but we stayed connected. And when she said ’my heart always beats for sweets, anytime of the day’, I wanted to make something sweet for her.

I am not much of a sweet tooth person, but there are few sweet treats to which I will never say No and one of those is Cream Puffs. After some serious thought and hours of internet browsing, I decided to take an attempt and bake it at home.

I don’t have any piping bag, without which it’s tough to give the puffs a neat shape. Therefore, I improvised and used a zip-lock bag as my piping bag and as you can see, the shape weren’t that bad either.

After the puffs came out the way I wanted, I had to look for some filling to use and what better than mascarpone with strawberries, right?

It took me hardly any time to whip up the filling. The best way to enjoy these puffs is to slit them in half, spread your choice of cream filling and let these chill in the refrigerator for a while.

Every bite was delicious.. buttery.. creamy.. and the berries made it sweet and juicy. A perfect treat with pure indulgence!

Cream Puffs filled with Strawberry and Mascarpone – Guest Post for Ananda @ A Pinch of Love

Serving Size: makes 9 puffs

Cream Puffs filled with Strawberry and Mascarpone – Guest Post for Ananda @ A Pinch of Love

Ingredients

    For the puffs
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 tsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • For the filling
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (may vary depending of tartness or sweetness of strawberries)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a deep pan, boil water and drop the butter in the water.
  • After the butter is melted, add sugar, salt and keep stirring.
  • Bring the heat to medium, add all the flour at once and using a wooden spoon, keep beating until the mixture forms a dough. This should take about 3 minutes.
  • Stop the heat and remove the pan from the stove.
  • The next step is to mix the eggs with the dough which can be done in two different ways :-
  • 1. Beat all the eggs in a bowl. Then, pour the beaten eggs in the dough little bit at a time and keep stirring until all the eggs are mixed nicely with the dough
  • OR
  • 2. Put the hot dough in the food processor, add the eggs all at once and pulse it for a while till it mixes properly
  • I used the second method to mix the dough with eggs until it was smooth and thick in texture.
  • Next, spoon or pipe 8 to 9 mounds of dough onto the baking sheet. Make sure to space them about 1-1/2 inch apart as they will spread while baking.
  • Wet the tip of your finger and tap the top of the dough slightly just to make sure it's smooth on top.
  • Bake it at 400 F for 15mins.
  • Reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for another 30 minutes or until they are all puffed up and get golden brown in color.
  • Once done, let these cool completely before you start filling.
  • For the filling, whip together mascarpone cheese with heavy cream and sugar till it's firm. Chop the strawberries and mix it with the cheese mix.
  • For final plating: Cut the puffs in half , spread the strawberries and cheese mix on the bottom half, place the top half of the puff shells and dust some icing sugar on top. You can serve it immediately, but I feel it tastes best when chilled for about an hour before you serve.
http://www.playfulcooking.com/dessert/cream-puffs-filled-with-strawberry-and-mascarpone/

 

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Grishma says:

OMG..these looks divine Kankana 🙂 Amazing work 🙂

Tyler Ngo says:

I especially love the photos for this post. They look delicious!

Priya says:

Yummy! I love cream puffs, great pictures

I know the feeling! I went through almost the same thing last month with croissant 🙂
as always your photography is breath taking Kankana and the recipes are just as amazing

Divya says:

Lovely guest post, Kankana! Your photos just get better and better. I’m already drooling :).

yummy looking colourful dessert Kankana

I am used to savoury fillings in puffs but this looks amazing!

I have yet to make any cream puffs, but it looks like you have mastered these. The flavors you chose were spot on. I like the simple blend of marscapone and strawberries, no chocolate, no nuts..
Your pictures are stunning–great post.

Jessica says:

I would smile cheek to cheek for this one! Such a delightful treat! I love puffs! These are such beautiful and stunning photos, like always!

Sandra says:

These are so pretty and what an awesome job for your first time. Excellent presentation.

Ann says:

Kankana – these are absolutely stunning! I bet they tasted delicious! If I made something that beautiful, I’d be grinning from ear to ear, too!

Anamika says:

This looks so so yum..I can imagine ur little jig in the kitchen 🙂 Strawberry is one berry which pairs so well with almost anything..and with puffs..so good!!

Kim Bee says:

Divine dessert and stunning photographs. I adore cream puffs. Your addition of strawberry and mascarpone is a winning combo in my book.

awesome pictures Kankana! And LOL reading ‘doing the happy dance for a very long time’! You sound so much like me here. I do this when any of my baking experiments succeed which happens rarely for me:-)

Raji says:

These puffs look amazing kankana..brilliant clicks.

Charles says:

Isn’t it great when stuff you make turns out really successfully? I never made anything like this before. Living in France you’d have thought I’d have tried to make choux pastry or similar at least once… perhaps I’ll make a point of doing it after seeing how delicious and easy you make it look!

Kala says:

Your photos are always SO good Kankana – from preparation to final product.

Delicious cream puffs and beautiful clicks.

Notyet100 says:

Wish I could have one ,..:)

nisha says:

looks absolutely delicious..i love cream puffs..but im one of those lazy types who just go to the store n pick it up 😉
love the pics as well…

Alyssa says:

Well, that was a “sweet” post! Those puffs look light and perfect. Another wonderful post!

Sweet, creamy and cheesy – what more could you ask for in a dessert. I love mascarpone and this is such a simple and delicious way to use it. Thanks!

aarthi says:

My mouth is watering…Yummy

Joanne says:

These cream puffs look like they come straight from a bakery! Amazing!

Do you realize how much my son would love these. He would go insane ( as well as myself) They look amazing- so light yet decadent. Love the filling!

sally says:

I’ve never made cream puffs before, but am certainly tempted to now. These look fantastic!

gloria says:

Love this, look delicious and awesome Kankana, xxx gloria

Kalyani says:

wow they look delicious and wonderful clicks kankana …..

Suzi says:

These look delicious, your photos are just fabulous too. Yummy!!

wow, they look gorgeous dear.. will check out the recipe..ur clicks have made me hungry like anything..

Liz says:

Perfect cream puffs…and love the beautiful filling! YUM!

I love cream puffs and these looks so delicious Kankana. Love the photos 🙂

Your eye for detail is amazing. Its when i look at photos like this that i realize i have a looooong way to go 🙂 Cream puffs look absolutely delicious!

peachkins says:

this looks like my kind of cream puff!

Cream puff is my husband’s favorite and he’ll be excited if I can make it at home. I can totally understand your happy dance – I hope to make this one day on my own too! Heading over to Ananda’s site.

Beautifully presented and looks fabulous!

Vandya says:

Amazing clicks and lovely looking cream puffs.

Shabs says:

Tnese look just gorgeous Kankana and congratz on top 9 . I love cream puffs and yours look really perfect .

Those cream puffs look SO good!! And I love the photos, especially the one with the teaspoon of cream and the strawberry….just stunning!

Elies_Lie says:

Lovely puffs with even amazing filling!
Tq for sharing the recipe Kankana!
congratz for the top 9 on foodbuzz!
Great pic 😉

That filling sounds super delish! Love the picture which has the filling with the strawberry.

hey these look so sinful & tempting 😀 love the pics 😀

Manu says:

Ohhh these look so beautiful! Congrats!!! And congrats on making Top 9! 🙂 I am sure they also tasted great! Awesome pics as always!

Oooh..yum..yum..the cream puffs look so delicate and gorgeous!

Jay says:

wow…irresistable n hearty cliks..
love ur presentation dear..:)
Tasty Appetite

Suzi says:

Congrats on the Top 9. Looks delicious!!

Sadhana says:

Kankana, these puffs look amazing and your photographs are really awesome.

I love cream puffs and these look so light, fluffy and delicious!

wow that looks so yummy! thanks for stopping by that i could see your lovely blog 🙂

The puff looks sensational. I like that black and white click.

Rosa says:

Gorgeous cream puffs and lovely pictures! Now, I’m craving those pastries…

Cheers,

Rosa

Juliana says:

Wow, these cream puffs look so elegant, love the filling and the strawberries…lovely touch to the classic.
Hope you are having a great week Kankana and thanks for introducing your guest 🙂

Sissi says:

Your puffs look so light and luscious and make me almost forget it’s no longer Summertime…

athena says:

Wow, Kankana, your photos, styling, and processing for this post are amazing… makes me want to reach into my screen and grab a cream puff! Heading over to Ananda’s blog for the recipe…

Thank you so much darling for doing this post for me and for your words. I adore them, my heart which has stopped for while will resume beating only after I bake and eat ur cream puffs ::D

Those are beautiful cream puffs, Kankana…and the filling sounds extra delicious!

Ameena says:

I am so impressed Kankana! You make all your amazing recipes seem so effortless but I know how much love and time you put into them. Delicious!

Christine says:

Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

sarah says:

Gorgeous! And totally worth that happy dance!

aipi says:

WOW ~ Kankana those pastries are just mind blowing! Two thumbs UP!!
USMasala

Soma says:

i am speechless!! These are so sublime and beautiful. and I would do dance all day along even if i could get the photographs look as pretty as yours, forget the puffs:) very very pretty. more than words can say.

Manju says:

I think I have died and gone to heaven, a heaven of cream puffs! These look soo soo gorgeous!

The puffs came out just beautifully, so light and airy.

rebecca says:

wow kankana they look amazing perfect in fact and love Ananda’s blog she is a talent for sure hugs thanks for your kind comment s hope to meet u one day

Kankana I am too your friend now send me some of these… You cannot eat them all without me 😉
Beautiful my dear, they a really worthy of a very long happy dance…
Delicious!!!!

tigerfish says:

Another creation that looks too pretty to be eaten. I would not bear eating them!

Mary says:

These look simply amazing! I’ve never even tried making them. I’m in awe.

So beautiful and delicious! Congrats on the Foodbuzz Top 9, most well deserved!

nipponnin says:

This looks fantastic! This could be our family’s favorite sweet. Congratulations on top 9.

Your puffs look just perfect, and your photos are positively stunning! I’m not much of a sweet person either, however I’d never turn one of these beauties down. Nicely done!