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Apple cream puff cut in half to show whipped cram filling inside

Cinnamon Apple Cream Puffs


  • Author: Gail Ng
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 cream puffs 1x

Description

Cinnamon apple cream puffs made with crunchy choux au craquelin pastry and filled with cinnamon apple whipped cream. They’re coloured and styled to look like apples for an extra bit of fun.


Ingredients

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Craquelin Cookie Topping

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 40g granulated sugar
  • 60g all-purpose flour
  • red gel food colouring

Choux Pastry

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 60g water
  • 60g milk
  • red gel food colouring
  • 70g all-purpose flour
  • 125g whole eggs, whisked (about 2.5 large eggs)

Cinnamon Apple Whipped Cream

  • 2 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 700g whipping cream

Chocolate Stems

  • 50g white chocolate
  • brown & green gel food colouring

Instructions

Craquelin Cookie Topping

  1. In a small bowl, use a spatula to cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, and red gel food colouring until creamy and evenly coloured.
  2. Mix in the flour until it becomes a smooth and soft dough.
  3. Sandwich the dough in between two sheets of plastic wrap (or one sheet folded in half) and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about 1/8" thick. Fold over the remaining edges of plastic wrap and freeze until it becomes a solid and flat sheet, about 30 minutes.

Choux Pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small pot on medium heat, bring the butter, water, milk, and red gel food colouring to a simmer. It is at the right temperature when small bubbles start coming to the surface. 
  3. Add in all of the flour at once and quickly stir together until it becomes a soft dough. 
  4. Keep cooking the dough on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes to dry it out. Use a spatula to stir it around, break it apart, and reform it into a dough. It should look like dry mashed potatoes.
  5. Let the dough cool in the pot or transfer to a bowl for faster cooling until warm to the touch. 
  6. Add the egg to the dough in three parts, stirring thoroughly after each addition until the egg has been “absorbed” by the dough. It might look like it’s curdling at first but just keep stirring.
  7. The dough is right the right consistency when it’s smooth and glossy. Scoop up some dough with your spatula and let it drop back into the bowl. The dough should leave a V-shaped triangle of dough hanging off the spatula.
  8. Use a 2” cookie scooper to scoop mounds of dough and place them on the lined baking sheet leaving at least 2” in between each mound. 
  9. Take the craquelin out of the freezer. Use a 2” round cutter to cut rounds out of the craquelin sheet. Place the rounds on top of each mound of choux dough.
  10. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes then turn down the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for another 25-30 minutes until the walls are stiff. A few minutes before they’re finished baking, use a chopstick to poke a small hole in the top of each puff to let the steam out (this will also be the hole to insert the chocolate stems later). Let cool completely before filling.

Cinnamon Apple Whipped Cream

  1. In a small pot, stir together chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Cover and bring to a boil on medium heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the juices are released from the apples.
  2. Quickly stir in the cornstarch until the juices thicken into a jelly-like sauce consistency. If it's too dry, you can add a tablespoon or two of water. Transfer to a small bowl to cool completely either on the counter or in the fridge.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer or whisk to whip the cream until it thickens and becomes soft peaks.
  4. Add the cooled apple compote to the whipped cream and use a spatula to fold together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a round tip that is big enough for the chopped apple pieces to pass through.
  6. Use another piping tip or chopstick to poke a hole in the bottom of each choux puff. Insert the nozzle of the piping bag into the hole and pipe the cream into the pastry until you can feel the walls slightly expand and when you remove the piping tip, the filling should ooze back out slightly. Use a clean finger to wipe away any excess that comes out.

Chocolate Stems

  1. In a small pan or bowl, melt the white chocolate on the stovetop on low heat or in the microwave, heating in 15 second increments.
  2. Divide the melted chocolate into two small bowls and add brown gel food colouring to one bowl and green gel food colouring to the other. Stir well to mix.
  3. Transfer the chocolate into two tiny piping bags and cut off the tip of each bag. 
  4. Line a small cutting board with a sheet of wax paper. Use the brown chocolate to pipe straight lines about 2” long for the stems. 
  5. Use the green chocolate to pipe a round dollop about 1/3 from the end of each stem, right on top of the stem. With a small offset spatula, press down on the dollop to flatten and then gently pull away from the stem at an angle to smear the chocolate. Use the side of your finger to shape the smear into a point for the leaf.
  6. Chill these stems in the fridge for about 15 minutes until hardened. Gently peel off them off the wax paper and insert into the holes on the top of each cream puffs where you poked them to release stem during baking.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: cinnamon apple cream puffs, apple cream puffs, apple choux pastry, apple choux, cinnamon apple choux au craquelin, crunchy apple cream puffs