Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Crackle-Top Cream Puffs

Baking Chez Moi Crackle Top Cream Puffs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi is a version of a cream puff/ profiterole that has become quite popular in Paris over the past few years. Little balls of choux pastry topped with a “craquelin” topping (like a sweet shortcrust dough or, in this case, a brown sugar butter cookie dough) that melts and melds to the top of the puff as it bakes. I’ve eaten plenty of these but never made them until now and I’m wondering why I waited!

Crackle Top Cream Puffs for Tuesdays with Dorieon eatlivetravelwrite.comI always use a cookie scoop these days to scoop out my puffs/ gougères – less waste than disposable bags and easier to clean than reusable piping bags and, to be honest, quicker and much more consistent results (see above). When you’re topping the pastry with perfect rounds of dough, you need consistent sizes of puffs!

But it’s not just the attractive exterior that makes these special… You fill them with whatever you like – whipped cream, pastry cream, even chocolate mousse. I decided to go traditional here and fill them with whipped cream… Check this out…

Dorie Greenspan Crackle Top Cream Puffs on eatlivetravelwrite.comUh huh…

My secret here is the special piping tip that helps you fill the cream puff. Like, completely fill it! These rested in the fridge for a couple of hours before I served them and they were SO GOOD they warranted a phone call from a neighbour who had received a few as he passed by the house on his way home. I only made a half batch this time, thankfully because they are very more-ish but I’ll remember these next time I need a dessert for a crowd because they are 1. so easy 2. so impressive and 3. so good. A trifecta!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Crackle-Top Cream Puffs on p226 of Baking Chez Moi.


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7 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Crackle-Top Cream Puffs”

  1. These were great! My dough kept sticking to the cookie scoop so I just used a spoon, but was still happy with the result. And yep, you have to pipe the filling – they blow up like balloons of deliciousness.

  2. Cakelaw in being very British in her understatement: these were stunningly more-ish! (I can’t quote neighbour *exactly*…but let’s just say he was very excited.) 🙂

  3. I am really looking forward to trying these. I was going to make pastry cream but maybe I should use whipped cream like you suggest. Decisions, decisions.


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