Dinner vs. Dessert

Do you prefer cooking dinner or baking dessert? My sweet-tooth and I prefer baking. Particularly cream puffs and anything with peanut butter in the title. I like that I can experiment with a recipe and turn something mediocre into something awesome. These are my favourite variations of cream puffs:

1 Cup water
1/2 Cup butter or margarine
1 Tsp. sugar
1 Cup flour
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400° F.  In a medium saucepan , combine water and butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and add sugar. Reduce heat to low and gradually add flour, stirring constantly until mixture cleans the sides of the pan. Remove from heat.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it appears no fat is melting out of the puffs. Cool completely and fill with filling.

Chocolate Filling:
1/2 L whipping cream
2 Tbsp. cocoa
4 Tbsp. sugar

Lemon Filling:
1/2 L whipping cream
1/2 Tsp. lemon extract
4 Tbsp. icing sugar
3 or 4 Drops yellow food colouring

-Use an icing bag and tip to fill the puffs by poking a hole in the side. Squeeze the bag until puff feels full.

-Try sprinkling icing sugar on your chocolate puffs or making a glaze with lemon juice and sugar and brush it over your lemon puffs.


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