Citrus Cream Puffs

Ingredients :

For the Choux Pastry:
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
For the Citrus Cream Filling:
  • 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
For Garnish:
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Préparations :

  1. Prepare the Choux Pastry:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a medium saucepan, bring the water, butter, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat.
    • Once boiling, add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
    • Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the dough is smooth and shiny.
  2. Bake the Pastry:
    • Using a spoon or a piping bag, drop or pipe small mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the puffs are golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Prepare the Citrus Cream Filling:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar, lemon zest, orange zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until stiff peaks form.
    • Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  4. Assemble the Cream Puffs:
    • Once the choux pastry puffs are completely cooled, slice them in half horizontally.
    • Pipe a generous amount of the citrus cream filling into the bottom half of each puff, then replace the top half.
  5. Garnish and Serve:
    • Dust the tops of the cream puffs with powdered sugar.
    • Optionally, garnish with fresh mint leaves for a touch of color and freshness.

Enjoy these delightful citrus cream puffs as a refreshing and indulgent treat!

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