Cream Puffs (Choux Pastry)

Bite size Choux Pastry filled with whipped mascarpone cheese and slices of fresh strawberries! These cream puffs are light, airy, and it is very easy to make. If you haven’t made cream puffs before, time to change that! 5 ingredients are all you need.

What are Cream Puffs (Choux Pastry)

Choux pastry, or pâte à choux is a famous pastry from France that is prepared from a butter and flour dough. It doesn’t need any baking powder or baking soda or yeast.

On baking the dough puffs beautifully creating a pocket inside for filling.

This Cream Puff recipe is full proof, and you will find airy pockets in every single one of these puffs.

Cream Puffs with mascarpone cheese and strawberries

5 ingredients 

5 ingredients are all it needs to prepare these easy choux pastry:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Sugar

All you need to do is mix to make a dough and then pipe to a baking sheet.

But there is this one step you must be careful about when making the Choux Pastry!

Cream Puffs with mascarpone cheese and strawberries

How to prepare the Choux Pastry?

In a pan melt the butter with water, milk and sugar. Then add the flour and keep mixing until it comes together into a dough.

Let it cool down a little (this is the KEY PART) then add one egg at a time and whisk to make the shiny dough, that is not too runny or too thick.

Once that is done, you pipe and bake.

Cream Puffs with mascarpone cheese and strawberries

Consistency of the dough is critical

For the perfectly risen and puffed cream puffs, the consistency of the dough is critical. If the dough is too runny, then the choux buns will not puff, and you will get a pretty much flat buns.

If the dough is too thick, then it will be dense inside, and you will not get any pockets to fill the choux buns.

This recipe for cream puffs is perfect, and I have been baking these cream puffs for several years now.  

How to store ?

You can store the unfilled cream puffs in an airtight container for 3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze these for 3 months.

Freshly baked choux buns come out crispy on the outside but as it sits at room temperature, it will turn a little soft BUT not mushy. Keep that in mind.

For re-heating, just cake at 300F preheated oven for 10 minutes.

More Desserts To Try

Choux Pastry with mascarpone cheese and strawberries

Filling the cream puffs:

You can think of multiple ways to fill this little delight!

My favorite is mascarpone cheese with strawberries. But you can use variety different kind of creamy filling.

Fill it with ice cream and pour some chocolate drizzle on top!

You can also try savory filling with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs

Bite size Choux Pastry filled with whipped mascarpone cheese and slices of fresh strawberries! These cream puffs are light, airy, and it is very easy to make. If you haven’t made cream puffs before, time to change that! 5 ingredients are all you need.


For the puffs

  • 8 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the filling

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon sugar


  1. In a deep heavy bottom pan at medium heat, melt the butter with milk and water.
  2. After the butter is melted, add sugar, salt.
  3. Next 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.
  4. Stop the heat and remove the pan from the stove. Allow the mixture to cool down a little before whisking eggs to it.
  5. You could either use a hand whisk or an electric whisk to mix the eggs to the dough. Add one egg at a time and keep whisking. Once all the eggs are added, keep whisking until the mixture turns into a smooth shinny thick batter consistency.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  7. Pipe the batter into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
  8. Wet the tip of your finger and tap the top of the dough slightly just to make sure it's smooth on top.
  9. Bake it at 400 F for 15mins.
  10. Reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for another 25 minutes or until they are all puffed up and get golden brown. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR IN BETWEEN.
  11. Once done, let the choux buns cool off completely on a wire rack.
  12. For the filling, whip together mascarpone cheese with heavy cream and sugar till it's firm. Slice the strawberries or chop and mix with the filling.
  13. 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.


Consistency of the dough is critical

For the perfectly risen and puffed cream puffs, the consistency of the dough is critical. If the dough is too runny, then the choux buns will not puff, and you will get a pretty much flat buns.

If the dough is too thick, then it will be dense inside, and you will not get any pockets to fill the choux buns.

This recipe for cream puffs is perfect, and I have been baking these cream puffs for several years now.  


Choux Pastry with mascarpone cheese and strawberries
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  • Grishma
    October 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    OMG..these looks divine Kankana 🙂 Amazing work 🙂

  • Tyler Ngo
    Tyler Ngo
    October 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

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

  • Priya
    October 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Yummy! I love cream puffs, great pictures

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    October 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM


  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    October 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    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
    October 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

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

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    October 2, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    yummy looking colourful dessert Kankana

  • wizzythestick
    October 2, 2011 at 4:38 PM

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

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    October 2, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    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
    October 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    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
    October 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM

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

  • Ann
    October 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    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
    October 2, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    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 good!!

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    October 2, 2011 at 11:01 PM

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

  • Keerthana@lifenspice
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    October 3, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    These puffs look amazing kankana..brilliant clicks.

  • Charles
    October 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 1:06 AM

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

  • vandana rajesh
    vandana rajesh
    October 3, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Delicious cream puffs and beautiful clicks.

  • Notyet100
    October 3, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Wish I could have one ,..:)

  • nisha
    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 2:31 AM

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

  • bhavani/ameanderingmango
    October 3, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    My mouth is watering…Yummy

  • Joanne
    October 3, 2011 at 5:35 AM

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

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 3, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 6:40 AM

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

  • gloria
    October 3, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Love this, look delicious and awesome Kankana, xxx gloria

  • Kalyani
    October 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    wow they look delicious and wonderful clicks kankana …..

  • Suzi
    October 3, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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

  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    October 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

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

  • Liz
    October 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    October 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

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

  • La @ FoodSlice
    La @ FoodSlice
    October 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    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
    October 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    this looks like my kind of cream puff!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    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.

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    October 3, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Beautifully presented and looks fabulous!

  • Vandya
    October 4, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Amazing clicks and lovely looking cream puffs.

  • Shabs
    October 4, 2011 at 12:20 AM

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

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    October 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    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
    October 4, 2011 at 1:16 AM

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

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    October 4, 2011 at 2:30 AM

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

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    October 4, 2011 at 3:33 AM

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

  • Manu
    October 4, 2011 at 3:40 AM

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

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    October 4, 2011 at 4:18 AM

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

  • Jay
    October 4, 2011 at 4:48 AM

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

  • Suzi
    October 4, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    Congrats on the Top 9. Looks delicious!!

  • Sadhana
    October 4, 2011 at 6:35 AM

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

  • Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    [email protected] My Sweet Tooth
    October 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

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

  • Tina´s PicStory
    Tina´s PicStory
    October 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

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

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    October 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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

  • Rosa
    October 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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



  • Juliana
    October 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    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
    October 4, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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

  • athena
    October 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    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…

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    October 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    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

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    October 4, 2011 at 1:54 PM

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

  • Ameena
    October 4, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    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
    October 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  • sarah
    October 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Gorgeous! And totally worth that happy dance!

  • aipi
    October 4, 2011 at 5:01 PM

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

  • Soma
    October 4, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    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
    October 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

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

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    October 4, 2011 at 6:34 PM

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

  • rebecca
    October 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    October 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    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…

  • tigerfish
    October 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM

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

  • Mary
    October 5, 2011 at 5:48 AM

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

  • Cheryl and Adam @
    Cheryl and Adam @
    October 5, 2011 at 7:12 AM

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

  • nipponnin
    October 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

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

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    October 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    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!

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