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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cream Puffs with custard filling

     I recently discovered an easy recipe for homemade cream puffs. It's from the Extension Club Favorites, compiled by Hall County Extension Clubs in Grand Island, Nebraska, Second Edition 1961.
     Sorry to say I don't have a photo to upload of the cream puffs as they were eaten too fast! lol We had the cream filled cream puffs with a bit of whipped cream on top of the custard under the lid, but you could dust the tops with powdered (confectioner's) sugar.

Cream Puffs

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sifted flour
4 eggs

Heat water and butter to rolling boil in saucepan. Stir in flour all at once. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture leaves the pan and forms into a ball (about 1 minute). Remove from heat. Beat in the 4 egs, one at a time. Beat mixture until smooth and velvety. Drop from spoon onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake until dry. Allow to cool slowly. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 400 degrees F. Makes 8 large puffs.

The easiest way to make the custard filling is to follow the directions on a can of Bird's Custard Powder, if you can find it. (It's imported from England). If you can't find that, here is another recipe from 1961 for the filling.

Rich Custard Filling

1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs (or 4 egg yolks)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir a little over half of this mixture into 2 beaten eggs, or 4 egg yolks beaten. Blend into hot mixture in pan. Bring just to boiling point. Cook and add vanilla.

Cut cream puffs in half. Let custard cool before filling cream puffs.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to post the directions for a Rival Pasta Machine. I could not find the Rival website. So thank you again for doing it.

    1. You're welcome. They no longer support it, so since mine had the manual, I was sharing information. I didn't have the cups with mine, so was thankful someone else had measured how much each held since they aren't standard measuring cup sizes.