In early October, the EFA staff and Board of Directors participated in our annual strategic planning session, where we reviewed our previous year’s performance and strategized for the upcoming year. It’s a lot of hard work, but the process sets up the staff for success, by giving them the necessary goals and guidance for the various key result areas. In 2015, we are working around three pillars: healthy eggs, healthy birds, healthy farms & communities.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what on earth this has to do with cream puffs. Well, we took a break and went out to a nice restaurant in Canmore, and some of us had the yummiest looking cream puffs for dessert. Those cream puffs inspired me to make a batch at home, using an old recipe from this cookbook.
I’ve had this classic cookbook (The Canadian Living Cookbook) since I received it as a gift from my aunt in 1987! It is well loved and is one of my go-to cookbooks. Are your favorite cookbooks falling apart too?
This recipe really is a basic one – you’ll need water, butter, all-purpose flour, salt and eggs. You’ll also need a medium saucepan, wooden spoon and an electric mixer. And, of course, whip cream and fruit for the filling!
Drop spoonfulls of dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. If you like, you can put the dough into a piping bag and pipe them out. Bake for about 15 minutes in a hot oven (425 F / 245 C), then reduce heat (350 F / 177 C) and continue baking for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are puffed up and lightly browned.
Remove from the baking sheet and cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut a slice from the top, remove and damp dough pieces from the inside, then fill with whipped cream and fruit. I didn’t have any fresh berries, so I substituted cherry pie filling. Don’t they look divine?!?!?
We made this recipe with my 4-H Foods girls last year and filled them with home-made lemon curd. I think that is my favorite way to eat them!
I’ve made sure to have this recipe added to the recipe section of EFA’s website and you can find it here. Try making a batch yourself at home – they are an easy and impressive dessert! Let me know how they turn out!