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Triple Chocolate Cream Puffs

Serves

8

Prep Time

45 minutes, plus 3 hours chilling

Cooking Time

1 hour

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE CREAM FILLING

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • FOR THE PATE A CHOUX

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon bread flour

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

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Instructions


1) In a saucepan over medium heat, add whole milk and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Let simmer, then remove from heat.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and egg yolks. Pour a small bit of the milk mixture into bowl to temper the eggs. Then pour all of it into saucepan, whisking constantly.

3) Return to heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and whisk in butter, vanilla extract and bittersweet chocolate. Cover and chill for about 3 hours.

4) To make the pate a choux (the cream puff shells), first preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5) In a saucepan over medium heat, add water, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer. Add flour and, working quickly, begin mixing with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until it pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and cool for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

6) Whisk in one egg at a time until fully combined. Gently stir in cocoa powder. To check that the dough is ready, grab a piece between to fingers and pull apart. If the dough stretches, it's ready. If not, add a little bit more egg and test again until ready.

7) Divide dough evenly into 8, circular pieces, dropped onto baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and continue baking until shells are firm, about 15 minutes.

8) Remove from pan and use a small knife to make a slit in the side of each puff. Allow puffs to cool completely.

9) When puffs are cooled, fill with chocolate cream filling.

10) To make the ganache, heat bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely combined and smooth. Spoon ganache over the top of cream puffs.

11) Serve and enjoy!

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