Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Cream Puffs: Version GF (Gluten-Free)

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(Photo Credit: tealTheThings)

Cream Puffs are universally considered one of the most versatile and delicious pastries known to man (according to the survey done in my head, at least).  I can probably think of more ways to customize a cream puff than Bubba knew how to prepare shrimp.  I concocted numerous variations of this delectable delight, and no doubt I will formulate many more.  This post, however, is dedicated solely to a single variation, the Chocolate, Chocolate Cream Puff: Version GF (Gluten-Free).

Why a gluten-free dark chocolate, chocolate cream puff, you ask?  After all, I myself do not abstain.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  I never saw a gluten-filled plate of pasta or pastry that I didn’t love.  Simply put, my wife asked and I complied.

One thing to note before providing the recipe and sending you on your way to the kitchen: I believe that baking should include a high level of personalization.  Recipes, generally speaking, should be used as a skeleton, with each individual baker making adjustments to match their tastes.  What I am saying is, make it your own!  J  So, without further ado:

YOU WILL NEED:

 

FILLING

 

PUFFS

 

DRIZZLE

 

DIRECTIONS

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease (I use butter) a cookie sheet (feel free to cover with wax paper first to keep it clean) and set aside.  Prepare pudding and place in refrigerator to thicken.

In a small bowl, sift gluten-free flour, white sugar and cocoa powder together and set aside.  Combine water and butter in a medium saucepan.  Heat on stove until butter melts and water begins to boil.  Immediately add gluten-free flour, sugar and cocoa powder mixture to saucepan, stirring briskly and continuously with a wooden spoon until dough pulls away from the walls of the saucepan and forms into a ball (30 seconds to 1 minute).  Remove saucepan from heat.  Stir in eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Place heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheet (size of heap can be adjusted based on desired size of puffs).  Cook for approximately 25 minutes (exact time varies by stove).  Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

While puffs are baking, prepare filling as follows:

In a small saucepan, combine one bag (10 oz.) of chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Premium Baking Chips, 60% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate), 1 tbsp. of butter, and 1 tbsp. milk or Yoo-Hoo.  Melt over low heat, stirring continuously until mixture is smooth (do NOT let the chocolate burn).  Remove from heat.  Immediately combine pudding, melted chocolate and cream cheese and stir on low until smooth.  Add powdered sugar in ½ increments until desired consistency and sweetness is reached.  Place in refrigerator.

Once puffs have cooled enough to work with, cut off a small portion from the top and with a tablespoon, scoop out any loose dough, being careful not to puncture the base or sides of the puffs.  Spoon prepared filling into hollowed puffs (I like to put in enough so they slightly overflow).  Place the tops back on all filled puffs.

When all puffs have been filled, place in refrigerator and begin preparing drizzle as follows:

In a small saucepan, combine 1 c. chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Premium Baking Chips, 60% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate – feel free to use something sweeter, if that’s what you prefer), 1 tbsp. of butter, and 1 tbsp. of milk or Yoo-Hoo.  Melt over low heat, stirring continuously until mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in ¼ c. powdered sugar (add more or less to taste/desired consistency, but it must be liquid enough to drizzle on top of the puffs).

Retrieve filled puffs from refrigerator.   Lightly sprinkle each puff with powdered sugar.  Using a butter knife, drop thin lines of the chocolate drizzle on top of the puffs in a pattern to your liking.  Plate and serve immediately (refrigerate leftovers, though there should not be any!).  Enjoy!

(Photo Credit: tealTheThings)

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