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      RECIPE TITLE "Espresso Cream Puffs Recipe"
    Source: © Cooking Light magazine,
    courtesy of Cooking.com

    yields2 dozen (serving size: 1 cream puff) time--- difficultyeasy

    Cream puffs never go out of style, but we added espresso powder to give these a new flavor. To lighten them, we decreased the butter in the puffs and used fat-free milk. We also added gelatin and whipped topping to the pastry cream for an incredibly light and creamy filling that holds up well.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    For the Cream Puffs:
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup fat-free milk
    2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
    1 tablespoon instant espresso granules or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
    2 large eggs
    1 large egg white
    Cooking spray

    For the Pastry cream:
    1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
    1 tablespoon water
    3/4 cup fat-free milk
    6 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 large egg yolks
    3/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
    Powdered sugar (optional)


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      RECIPE METHOD

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    FOR THE CREAM PUFFS:
    Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside. Combine 1 cup milk, butter, and espresso granules in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; add flour mixture, stirring well until mixture is smooth and pulls away from sides of pan. Remove mixture from heat. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon until smooth.

    Drop the dough by level tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; bake an additional 10 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven; pierce the side of each cream puff with the tip of a sharp knife. Turn oven off; let cream puffs stand in partially closed oven for 20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.

    FOR THE PASTRY CREAM:
    Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; set aside. Combine 3/4 cup milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through egg yolks) in a medium saucepan. Place over low heat; cook until warm, stirring constantly. Stir in gelatin mixture; cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl; let stand 15 minutes or until room temperature (do not allow mixture to set). Remove pan from ice. Gently whisk in whipped topping. Cover and chill 4 hours or until thick.

    Cut tops off cream puffs; fill each cream puff with 1 tablespoon filling. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of © Cooking Light Magazine. All rights reserved.

      Nutrition Facts
    2 dozen (serving size: 1 cream puff)
    Facts per Serving
    Calories: 67 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 10g
    Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 77mg Protein: 2g
    Fiber: 0g % Cal. from Fat: 27% % Cal. from Carbs: 60%

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