Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quick and Easy Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs are a fun and easy recipe to try with kids.

It hit me last night, summer's winding down and there are just two weeks before school. I decided today was going to be a family fun day - no chores!! So we decided to spend our day making treats. If you've read our blog before you know I'm not great at baking - but today we struck gold with sweet and easy cream puffs. I'm telling you anyone can make these, even me.

We followed a very basic recipe from our Better Homes and Gardens cookbook - this is our go to source for everything. If you don't have this cookbook, the recipe is also online. The best part about today was that we had fun at home with stuff already in our kitchen. The basic ingredients for cream puffs are water, eggs, butter, flour and a pinch of salt. That's it!! For the filling we used instant pudding which we stirred by hand. With two eager helpers five minutes of stirring was perfect - everyone had several turns.

I couldn't believe how easy it was to make the dough and when I first put it on the baking tray -I admit, I was skeptical this was actually going to work. But after 30 minutes in the oven they looked great (although not all the perfect shape or size).
We had fun scooping out the inside and adding pudding - topping it off with, of course, chocolate sauce and confectioners sugar. Definitely try this at home - super easy and very YUMMY!!

Of course real cream puffs are the best, but felt creations are fun too and last long after the real treats are gobbled up. The other day I experimented with felt circles and made a bunch of cream puffs to use on our felt food. Just like real cream puffs, these were super easy too.

To make these you just need a small circle of felt with triangle shaped notches cut out all the way around. Think of it like a clock and keep the cuts symmetrical - 12, 3, 6, 9 and one in between each of those. Sew each layer to the next, tie off and your done!
We'd love to know...
What's your favorite recipe to make with kids?

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