Wow, the whole day went by and not a soul thought to play an April fool’s day joke on me! I’m actually quite thankful for that because I don’t know how well I would have taken it today! I was out straight from the time I got up this morning until the time I sat down to eat my dinner….and I’m actually eating my dinner as I do this! Talk about multi-tasking at its best!

Yesterday I decided to make Grumpy one of his favorite desserts – Cream Puffs. Yup, not only am I a fool for a cream puff, but Grumpy is too! I recently saw Medena of Cafe Chocolada blog about making them and the fever hit me….SO, I took out my trusty ole Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook and whipped up the cream puff batter:

Ingredients

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. In a medium saucepan combine water, butter and salt. Bring to boiling. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition.Drop 12 heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and firm. Transfer cream puffs to a wire rack and let cool. Cut tops from puffs; If eating immediately, remove soft dough from inside. Fill with pudding (recipe follows) and decorate tops with melted semi sweet chocolate chips. Otherwise, store in a dry environment until ready to fill and eat (or your puffs will become soggy!)
For the Pudding:

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 cups milk (I use skim milk)
4 beaten egg yolks
1 Tbsp butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

In a medium heavy saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Gradually stir 1 cup of the milk mixture into egg yolks. Add egg mixture to milk mixture in saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour pudding into a bowl. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Serve warm or cold (do not stir during chilling). Makes 4 servings.

I am sure your wondering, just how many photos of this cream puff can she take?? Well, if your a real foodie, then you will agree with me….you
just can’t get enough of something good!