Monday, September 19, 2011

Custard Cream Puffs

I made these for one of the Ladies' meetings some time ago.
I am simply in a state of inertia where blogging is concerned.
K-drama is partly to be blamed - I'm practically hooked!

I used to bake a few hundred puffs daily, usually with durian filling. I recall how I had to wake up at four in the morning just to fill up the puffs so that my hubby could deliver them to the various shops by 7a.m and how I had to rush to work after that. Those were my hectic days - that was the kind of life I had led for over 20 years! Festive seasons were the worst time where a couple of hours' sleep was a luxury! Whenever I reminisce my baking journey, the thought of it just seem to drain my energy away.
Enough of rambling!
Now to post the recipe for the choux pastry.

Choux Pastry:

240 ml water
120g butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon caster sugar

160g plain flour, sifted
4 large eggs


1. Place water, butter, salt and sugar in a pot and bring it to a boil.

2. Lower heat and pour in flour and immediately stir with a wooden spoon to mix into a soft dough. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.

3. Add in eggs, one at a time and use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs.

4. Fill up an icing bag with a round nozzle attached. Pipe out circular mounds on a greased tray.

5. Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 15 minutes. ( Puffs must be sufficiently baked so that they will not shrink and flatten after when cooled.)

6. Once cooled, slit side of puff and spoon custard into it or fill icing bag with nozzle and pipe out any filling.

Gleaming, waiting to be baked!

See how they have puffed up!


  1. O yes,I love choux pastry filled with all teh goodies;)) Great the ladies were happy:)

  2. you, my baking life has turned erratic due to k-dramas!! I envy how perfect your puffs look like as I've not had any luck with them. Thanks for sharing your recipe, will try them out!

  3. I did not know you used to make durian puffs in such massive quantities!

  4. you must be a high energized bunny when young. Can't imagine myself doing that and still goes to work in the morning. Salut!

  5. Hi Dzoli,
    Yup, the ladies love the puffs and even doggie-bagged home.

    Hi Cathy,

    Hi Quizzine,
    I'm watching 3 to 4 episodes a day! Let me know how your puffs turn out.

    Hi Hui Ling,
    They were the favourites back in the early 70's

    Hi Edith,
    Sometimes I wonder how I managed it all - bake, work and family!

  6. My sound like a superwoman in your young days!! I would have gone 'kaput'. Wonder how you survive. I read it now I also run out of energy...haha. Your puffs look so perfect. I could have eaten a dozen if with durian filling....mmmm

  7. One of my favourites! Sue

  8. That is a lot of puffs to bake in a day, salute! :)

  9. Wow, you're amazing, superwoman! I'll die standing!

  10. Hello busygran, please share recipes for custard cream and durian cream filling with us if it is ok with you.

    I can trust your recipes. I made radish cake n yam cake using your recipes and they all turned out very good :) Thk you very much.

  11. Hi Mary,
    Need to take a break from durian flavour, that's why I am into vanilla custard cream.

    Hi Sue,
    Let me know when you're coming to S'pore and I bake some for you! :)

    Hi Hanushi,
    Never ever want to do that kind of 'mammoth' baking again!

    Hi Cheah,
    I was almost like a robot, just kept on going on auto mode! Haha!

    Hi Belle,
    I will try to post the puff fillings when I make my next batch or would you like me to email you if you could leave a contact.

  12. Wow, hundreds of cream puffs! Pass some over please!

  13. omg!!! i've always wanted to learn how to make these and maybe stuff them with savory fillings! hope i can try soon

  14. Judy, your puffs look great, very professional look...hope I do not have to bake hundreds of these a day to accomplish such a nice puff ;-)
    Look forward to the custard now...
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)


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