A guest post by Kankana Saxena from Sunshine & Smile - Cream Puffs filled with Strawberry and Mascarpone

I'm trying my best to keep up with race of time, it is ridiculously running fast, possibly there is no way I could make it go bit slow.....sigh! Anyways I have started writing my thesis and the D day is not so far...shall keep you all posted as soon as it gets official, there is endless list of things to complete, send me good wishes folks, to reach the red line!

This week guest post is from Kankana of Sunshine & Smile chirpy young lady, exactly as her blog name says, very positive and encouraging! She never fails to impress me with every single post she makes. She is one among my friends with whom I very quickly gelled with, at-least from few emails I felt she is like my childhood friend, she being so organised tolerated my absent-mindedness. Thank you Kankana for coming over and making such a gorgeous dessert. Let me say it was a surprise dessert for me, thought I knew its gonna be a dessert I hardly knew wat it was....and these little darlings made my morning a day before. They took me to the days in Rome where I indulged in Sicilian dessert, as soon my defense is over I'm sure to bake them. So people jump over to Sunshine & Smile not only for her wonderful and indulging recipes but her beautiful pictures....you are sure to get hooked ...few fav of mine are  ohh mushrooms,  Rosemary in cookies  and Baigan bharta pizza

Thanks a lot Ananda for inviting me over to your gorgeous space. It's truly an honor! 

I visited Ananda's blog few months back and fell in love with it immediately, the layout, the photography and her baking skill, she is one talented girl. We became friends very quickly and with her busy schedule, we hardly get time to chat much but we stay connected. And when she said ’my heart always beats for sweets, anytime of the day', I wanted to make something sweet for her.

I am not much of a sweet tooth person, but there are few sweet treats to which I will never say 'No' and one of those is Cream Puffs. After some serious thought and hours of internet browsing, I decided to take an attempt and bake it at home.
And thank god I did ... cause they were delicious.

I was surprised and smiling from cheek to cheek as I saw those cream puffs rising tall in the oven. Kept my fingers crossed and hoped that it doesn't fall flat after a while. It didn't and they were still standing firm when I took these out of the oven. I kept staring impatiently for these to cool down and after a while, I held one in my hand.. they were perfect (at least in my world)!

I jumped like a crazy girl, told the whole world about it and did my happy dance for a very long long time :)
I am not much of a baker and that explains why I don't have any piping bag, without which it's tough to give the puffs a neat shape. Therefore, I improvised and used a zip-lock bag as my piping bag and as you can see, the shape weren't that bad either.
After the puffs came out the way I wanted, I had to look for some filling to use and what's better than mascarpone with strawberries, right?

It took me hardly any time to whip up the filling. The best way to enjoy these puffs is to slit these in half, spread your choice of cream filling and let these chill in the refrigerator for a while.
It was all worth the wait!

Every bite was delicious.. buttery.. creamy.. and the berries made it sweet and juicy. A perfect treat with pure indulgence!

This will make about 8 to 9 puffs.
For the puffs
ñ 6 tbs unsalted butter
ñ 1 cup water
ñ 1-1/2 tsp sugar
ñ a pinch of salt
ñ 3 large eggs
ñ 1 cup all-purpose flour
For the filling
ñ 1 cup mascarpone cheese
ñ 1/2 cup heavy cream
ñ 1 cup powdered sugar (may vary depending of tartness or sweetness of strawberries)
ñ 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
ñ 1 cup strawberry thinly sliced
In a deep pan, boil water and drop the butter in the water.
After the butter is melted, add sugar, salt and keep stirring.
Bring the heat to medium, add all the flour at once and using a wooden spoon, keep beating until the mixture forms a dough. This should take about 3 minutes.
Stop the heat and remove the pan from the stove.
The next step is to mix the eggs with the dough which can be done in two different ways :-
1. Beat all the eggs in a bowl. Then, pour the beaten eggs in the dough little bit at a time and keep stirring until all the eggs are mixed nicely with the dough (as shown here).
2. Put the hot dough in the food processor, add the eggs all at once and pulse it for a while till it mixes properly (as shown here).
I used the second method to mix the dough with eggs until it was smooth and thick in texture.
Next, spoon or pipe 8 to 9 mounds of dough onto the baking sheet. Make sure to space them about 1-1/2 inch apart as they will spread while baking.
Wet the tip of your finger and tap the top of the dough slightly just to make sure it's smooth on top.
Bake it at 400 F for 15mins.
Reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for another 30 minutes or until they are all puffed up and get golden brown in color.
Once done, let these cool completely before you start filling.
For the filling, whip together mascarpone cheese with heavy cream and sugar till it's firm. Chop the strawberries and mix it with the cheese mix.
For final plating: Cut the puffs in half , spread the strawberries and cheese mix on the bottom half, place the top half of the puff shells and dust some icing sugar on top. You can serve it immediately, but I feel it tastes best when chilled for about an hour before you serve.


Flavia Galasso October 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

Good luck for your thesis, and thanks for this delicious recipe, have a wonderful weeke, hugs, Flavia

Simplyfood October 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

Simply scrumptious.

Saji October 3, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

Thats a wonderful recipe!

kankana October 3, 2011 at 8:39 AM  

Thanks babe for this opportunity and for all those lovely words :) So glad u liked it ! Now, finish your PhD soon and come back to blogging... missing you!!

Unknown October 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

Delicious looking cream puffs...yummy looking too

notyet100 October 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

First time at ur space,I am amazed :)

Tina October 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

soooooo perfect n fabulous...

My Kitchen Antics October 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

lovely pics n me..im a huge profiterole fan so yaaay to cream puffs :)
good luck with ur thesis babes

Priya Suresh October 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

Super delicious cream puffs, fantastic dessert..

Binys Recipes October 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

amazing combo and great recipe....love the clicks

Nami | Just One Cookbook October 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM  

Great guest post Kankana, and Ananada my very best wishes for your thesis!!

Prathima Rao October 4, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

A fantastic dessert & superb clicks!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Devaki October 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

Ooh ooh, I love that choux!!

Sorry, it was too good to resist...lol..BTW, you'll rock that thesis,fear not dearie :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Catherine October 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

Those puffs look wonderful, Kankana! And you made a fabulous job with your make-shift piping bag :D

Good luck with the thesis, Ananda! I know you can do it :D

Cheah October 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

The cream puffs are smiling too! So inviting!

Mama's World October 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

Love the pics!


Sarah October 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

wow! this is so beautiful!

Love and other Spices October 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM  

Wow,superb clicks and thanks for sharing.
Just discovered your site and loved it..All the best for your thesis and upcoming D day!!!
Glad to follow this wonderful site..

Solid Rock or Sinking Sand October 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM  

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings to you. Lloyd

Unknown October 18, 2011 at 10:46 PM  

muchas gracias for your kind words of appreciation to Kankana and me!

Roxana GreenGirl October 21, 2011 at 12:13 AM  

Hi Ananda
It's so nice to stumble upon your blog again and see my friend Kankana with a wonderful and delicious guest post.
Those cream puffs are so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Wish you both a wonderful rest of the week.

Top Cuisine avec Lavi November 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

This looks delicious! Greetings

Unknown November 28, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

slurrrrp slurrrrp slurrrrrrppp! Fantastic these look.

Happy to have found you!
Rev :)

Nikki February 15, 2012 at 12:03 AM  

Just made the puffs. While waiting for them to cool, I realized I forgot to pick up strawberries. Looks like your ingredient list is missing them, too. Just texted the hubs to pick some up on his way home. :)

Anonymous February 16, 2012 at 3:25 AM  

i made these today, turned out great, only complaint was the marscapone cheese, turned out kind of grainy. i just used whipped cream instead.

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