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Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs will definitely be enjoyed whether you are having guests or you are surprising your family with a special treat.

These delicious cream puffs/puff pastries make a great presentation worthy of any royalty and will be enjoyed by all.

They can be filled with salads or spreads and are great served at a luncheon as well as served as savory canapes and appetizers.

In Norway, we call them vannbakkels. This international pastry can be filled with puddings, mousse, berries, and whipped cream which will make elegant desserts, as well.

A huge basket of these fluffy delights served with dinner will give you many compliments. Trust me, as dinner rolls, they will vanish quickly, like snow on a sunny day.

Puff Pastry
Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1-tablespoon sugar (only when making dessert.)
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour (sifted)
3 eggs

Combine milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan.
Cook over medium heat while stirring.
Add flour gradually.
Simmer and stir until the mixture forms into a ball.

Turn off heat and cool. Add eggs and stir with an electric mixer until all eggs are added. Cover dough and cool well.

Spoon unto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 450°F. for 8 minutes. Turn heat down to 350°F. Bake 20 minutes.
Better not open oven door to peek - they will fall!

Ideas for Puff Pastry Fillings
Fill them with whip cream only; or add berries, jams or fruit; fill with puddings and whip cream. Use your imagination.

Appetizers or Canapes/Hors d'oeuvres:
Make mini-puffs and cut them in half. Now you can really be creative. There is a myriad of fillings and mixes you can use, from various kinds of seafood and meats to cheeses and vegetables.

Mini muffin pans are ideal for making canapes. Garnish with appetizing, colorful vegetables, and fruit.

Make extra-large pastries, cut off the top, and fill with salads made with fresh fruit, berries, salmon, tuna, crab, shrimp, chicken, or you whatever goodies you have on hand. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint, chives, rosemary, or parsley.

Keep your entertaining easy and elegant, by placing various salads on the table along with baskets of Cream Puffs and let your guests serve themselves.

Enjoy!

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