Puff Pastry: Cream Puffs and Chocolate Turnovers


I've yet to take a class on making puff pastry, but pre-made puff pastry sheets are fun, fast, and easy to work with. Puff pastry has multiple layers of butter, which makes is flaky. 
Though cream puffs are traditionally made with a dough called pate choux and filled with pastry cream, but I don't think there's a law saying I can't fill circles of puff pastry with whipped cream. 

Cream Puffs
Puff Pastry Sheets *defrosted in the fridge 24 hrs. before working with*
Egg Wash

Chantilly Cream
1 1/2 c.Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 c. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1. Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the package, place the remaining sheet back into the fridge. (Puff pastry is made with butter and will soften faster than you can work)

2. Gently unfold the pastry onto a flat surface lightly dusted with flour and use a round cutter to cut circles from the dough. Place the circles on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. 


3. Brush egg wash onto each circle and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 8-10 min. or until golden. 
**Egg wash is made by whisking together an egg with 1 tsp. of water.**
4. Make chantilly cream whipping heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a mixer until the cream reaches a medium/stiff peak. Fill a pastry bag with the cream. 
5. Remove from oven and let cool. Use a serrated knife to cut each of the puffed circles in half.
6. Fill the halves with chantilly cream and dust with powdered sugar. 
 I also used some of the puff pastry dough to make chocolate turnovers. Which is also easy and delicious. 
Chocolate Turnovers
Puff Pastry Sheets
Chocolate Chips
Egg Wash

1. Measure and cut 3 in. squares out of puff pastry dough. 
 2.Place about 6 whole chocolate chips in the center of each square and fold the corners into a triangle.
 3. Use a fork to press the top and bottom ends together.
*work quickly, as the butter melts, the pastry will become soft and hard to work with.*
 4. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and brush with egg wash. Poke 2 holes in the center of each pastry with a fork. 
5. Bake Turnovers at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until golden. 
6. Remove from oven, drizzle with melted chocolate, and dust with powdered sugar.


 Personally, I love the way puff pastry "puffs" in the oven. There are many other desserts you can make with this store-bought dough as well, such as napoleons, cream horns, pinwheels, bear claws, croissants, and palmiers. Puff pastry is simply layered flour and butter. Amazing right?






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