Cream Puffs

Variations on the Theme

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The various desserts that use cream-puff pastry are many, and as with much of French cooking, each variation has its own prescribed size, shape, and name.

PROFITEROLES: The smallest member of the cream-puff family is the profiterole. They are small and round, usually about 1 to 1½ inches in diameter, and filled with a vanilla pastry cream, ice cream, or whipped cream. They are most often served with a chocolate sauce.

CHOUX GRILLES: These are the same size as profiteroles, or larger, and are coated with chopped almonds before baking. They are filled with coffee pastry cream and dusted with confectioners’ sugar before serving.