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Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs

Blueberry Cream Puffs. An easy, luscious blueberry compote is swirled into vanilla whipped cream and liberally stuffed into crispy choux pastry shells.

Close up photo of Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs showing one split open to reveal the filling

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs.

Choux (pronounced “shoe”) is a French pastry that’s used to make those light, airy pastry shells for cream puffs and éclairs. Many people are needlessly intimidated by its preparation when there’s really no need to be.

It’s actually quite simple. In fact I’ve been successfully making it since I was about 12.

It was one of the things that really got me interested in baking way back then.

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs close up photo of one cream puff on a purple glass plate

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs.

Cream Puffs are a life long love of mine.

I had always had a major love for cream puffs and eclairs. In my pre-teen mind, it really was the best thing about visiting a good bakery. I was slightly obsessed, I’ll admit.

I scoured the few recipe books we had in our home at the time in search of the secret to making them perfectly. Luckily enough I found one in my Mom’s tattered copy of the Cream of the West Flour Cookbook.

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs stacked on a white plate

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs

Of all the bakers I knew back then, I’d never seen anyone make cream puffs. When I was successful at making them, it was the start of cementing my early reputation as a great baker.

It was also the beginning a realization that I was quite good at teaching myself new things. I transferred that skill into teaching myself the basics of film photography a little later on in life.

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Later, with the advent of computers and computer software, my curiosity took hold again and I taught myself quite a bit, quite early on. The second computer I owned, I actually built from purchasing all new parts and assembling it myself.

It is not a stretch to say that all 3 of those skills in particular, were what led me to blogging in the first place. All three are pretty essential to getting a food blog up and running.

Perhaps it really did all begin with that kid making cream puffs in our family kitchen.

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs, getting them just right.

Back to the recipe at hand and these delicious Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs.

The biggest issue once you get them on a tray and into the oven is under baking. Many people have had them collapse either in the oven or after taking them out.

One hard and fast rule is never to open the oven door until they are well browned. The loss of heat can affect them quite negatively.

Also, leave them alone until they are well browned. This is a good sign that the choux pastry has strengthened up enough to support itself.

With a little practice and once you get the timing right they are a breeze.

Adding the blueberry compote to the whipped cream

Adding the blueberry compote to the whipped cream

 

Fold the compote through gently

Fold the compote through gently

 

Stop folding when streaks of blueberry are through the cream

Stop folding when streaks of blueberry are through the cream

Here I’ve filled them with an old fashioned whipped cream and blueberry jam “fool”. It really is the simplest of desserts all on its own.

If you can find very good blueberry jam that is fine to use, or use the easy to make topping from our Blueberry Sour Cream Custard Flan. That’s what I used in the batch pictured here.

The blueberry fool is a terrific alternative to plain cream but you can use any jam you like to create your own favourite version. I love a fool made with Roasted Strawberry Jam too! Those would be a great idea for Valentines Day!

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Close up photo of Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs showing one split open to reveal the filling
Yield: 18 cream puffs

Blueberry Fool Cream Puffs

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Blueberry Cream Puffs. An easy, luscious blueberry compote  os swirled into vanilla whipped cream and liberally stuffed into crispy choux pastry shells.

Ingredients

For the choux pastry shells

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 large or extra large eggs

For the Blueberry Fool Filling

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 3 rounded tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup good quality blueberry jam

Instructions

To prepare the choux pastry shells

  1. Add the butter and water to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and quickly add the flour and salt all at once, stirring them in quickly to form a soft dough.
  3. Cook this mixture stirring constantly for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Allow this mixture to cool slightly for about 10-15 minutes before adding the eggs, one at a time, stirring until smooth after each addition.
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a half hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls (or pipe small mounds using a piping bag) about 2 inches apart onto a parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the puffs are golden brown and do not collapse when removed from the oven. These should be uniformly golden all over with no pale sides and sound hollow when tapped. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare the Blueberry Fool

  1. Beat the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract to firm peaks.
  2. Drop the jam by tablespoonfuls over the surface of the whipped cream. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the jam into the cream. Do not fully blend the two together, you want streaks of jam in the cream if possible.
  3. Place the blueberry fool in a piping bag with a large open tip. The larger the tip the better. Push the tip into the cream puff shell and fill the entire inside of the shell with the blueberry fool. If you do not have a piping bag you can also split the cream puff shells in half with a serrated knife, then spoon the filling into the top and bottom halves before putting them back together.
  4. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if you like.

Notes

If you can find very good blueberry jam that is fine to use, or use the easy to make topping from our Blueberry Sour Cream Custard Flan. That's what I used in the batch pictured here.

Blueberry Sour Cream Flan

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

18 cream puffs

Amount Per Serving Calories 250Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 100mgSodium 103mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Dianne Pypers

Friday 28th of February 2020

Made the cream puffs yesterday and they were delicious. Really loved the addition of cinnamon and lemon zest to the blueberry compote. Blueberries are not my favorite fruit but it was wonderful. It is a keeper recipe for me and I will make them for company for sure. Thanks for all your great recipes I have tried quite a few and never been disappointed.

candy stclair

Friday 28th of February 2020

IF I WANTED TO MAKE THESE WITH OTHER FRUIT FILLINGS LIKE PINEAPPLE OR LEMON WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST BE USED FOR THE FILLING? HAVE YOU EVER MADE THEM WITH OTHER FRUITS... MABE SPOONING STRAWBERRY MIXTURE INTO THE CENTER. YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS WOULD BE HELPFULL.

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