Most cream puffs are filled with a custard or a whip cream filling. Years ago, a neighbor of mine, brought me a cream puff filled with French vanilla filling. Well, to say the very least, I was in love!! It is the most delectable dessert I have ever had. The filling was a mix of pudding and heavy cream.
French Vanilla Filling
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch, plus a little
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup milk
1 beaten egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
Combine sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir till mixture thickens and boils. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer. Stir a little of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return that to hot mixture. Stirring constantly; bring just to boiling. Add vanilla. Cover entire surface with clear plastic wrap, cool. Beat smooth. Fold in whipping cream.
Makes 2 cups. Double if you need more filling.
Till next time.......