Food holidays are special occasions. National Cream Puff Day is divine. These unusual pastries are light and airy as well as a rich and decant dessert.
Each year on Jan. 2, National Cream Puff Day is celebrated. Back in time, around the year 1540 Catherine de Medici who was a pastry chef created a batch of baked puffed shells for her husband, Henry II of France. It wasn’t until 1880 before cream puffs made their debut in the United States.
Cream puffs are made by adding flour to a mixture of water and butter that is boiled. This mixture is cooked at a high temperature causing the dough to turn into a ball that is smooth with a hollowed center. Because of the way they are baked afterwards they need to be sliced in half as soon as they are removed from the oven to prevent them from deflating during the final cooling process.
Most cream puffs are filled with a custard or Bavarian cream mixture. Some fill these pastries with pastry cream, whipped cream and even ice cream.
The Jackson Cooking Examiner has a family recipe for cream puffs called “Create cream puffs from beginning to end” that the whole family has loved and enjoyed for years. We hope you make time one day to give the recipe a try yourself. Then every year on National Cream Puff Day your family can celebrate this food holiday with homemade cream puffs.
Enjoy a cream puff on National Cream Puff Day!
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