Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Joseph's Day

Italian cream puffs are always made around this time of year and especially on March 19th, the Feast of San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's day. In the bakery, you have your choice of the traditional vanilla custard (zeppoli) and the other is filled with a rich cannoli cream (Sfinge). I drive by Cafe Caruso several times a week, see the handwritten signs and of course had to stop at least once (photo above). The feast honors the patron saint of all fathers, and since my husband's name is Joseph (his family is from Massena, a harbor city in northeast Sicily), he enjoys them "the Debbie way". He asked that I make them if I had the time so I made eight last evening and will make eight more on Monday. 
 I've been using a recipe from a handwritten cookbook that my friend's family put together over 30 years ago. I had very little interest in baking desserts when I was younger, and when I made these cream puffs for the office (at age 25) everyone raved about them and asked for the recipe. They probably didn't bake either. LOL I remember being so proud of myself and it was one of my first successful baking experiences. So fast forward to St. Joseph's Day, the cream puffs are consumed on his Name Day, it is a celebration that is larger than one's own birthday. I've made cream puffs for him a couple times on St. Joseph's Day but almost forgot this year until he asked if I was making them :-) And I just realized that I have never blogged about the cream puffs. Hope you will give them a try. 



Debbie's (and Joe's) Cream puffs

Heat to rolling boil in saucepan:

1 cup water
½ cup butter

Stir in:

1 cup sifted flour

Keep stirring over low heat until mixture leaves pan and forms well – about 1 minute. Remove from heat.


Beat in thoroughly:

4 eggs – one at a time

Stir until smooth and velvety. Drop from spoon onto ungreased baking pan. Bake at 400 until dry 45-50 minutes. Cool puffs before filling. Makes 8.



Filling:
2 half pints heavy cream
1 ¼ cup cold milk
1 package instant vanilla pudding

Whip all ingredients until thick. The filling makes enough for 16 puffs.


Filling the puffs:


Cut off tops; pull out any filaments of soft dough. Fill puffs with filling. Replace tops. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate. Refrigerate until serving time.



Wishing everyone a good weekend!
xo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

19 comments:

  1. I love these and love making them..Kudos Debbie!

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    1. They are so easy and yummy! I bet you're still getting snow like we are. Before long, you will be enjoying your beautiful clematis.

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  2. Oh yum! These look delish Debbie. Does St. Joe's miraculously remove the calories?
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I wish that St. Joe's would miraculously remove the calories! I'll let you know.

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  3. These look so good and especially on the MC serving pieces. Happy weekend!

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  4. How incredibly sweet (no pun intended) of you, Debbie! They look wonderful, and I'm sure they taste the same. One of my brothers is named Joseph. We always celebrated our namesakes in our household, given we were all named after saints. ;)

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  5. You are definitely a baker Debbie, if you can make cream puffs! So sweet that your hubby appreciates them so much, and your look better than the bakery's! Enjoy your weekend!
    Jenna

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  6. Deb, I have a feeling you are very talented in the kitchen. These look delicious and I would love to try one this morning with my coffee :) They sure look pretty served up on MC. Happy Saturday to you and Joe.........

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  7. Cream Puffs were always a favorite of Rich's, Debbie, and my family always looked forward to them when I made them. Yours look beautiful, and my recipe for the puffs is the same. I use instant pudding in my filling, too, but use Cool Whip to fold in. I like the idea of your heavy cream, and th drizzle of chocolate sauce. I hope Joe enjoys his special treat on St. Joseph's Day!
    Happy weekend ! xx

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  8. Yummy! These look so good. :-)

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  9. The only pastry that I love - yum. Your photo is mouth watering!

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  10. They look delicious, Debbie! One of the very first things I made when I was about 12 or 13 was Cream Puffs and fudge from my mother's Betty Crocker Cook Book :)

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  11. I WISH I could make these!!! Delicious! I love cream puffs but never even considered making them myself. I’m a pretty good cook, but these really intimidate me!

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  12. What a delicious morsels. Easy is even better Debbie. Thanks for sharing these yummy treats.

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  13. Oh I have never even thought about making cream puffs. Guess I will try now.
    Love seeing them on the Mackenzie Child's tray.
    Also Happy St Joseph's Day and Happy Holy Week

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  14. I've never tried making cream puffs...yours would make a bakery envious.

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  15. These look great, and March 19th is our anniversary, so it would be nice to have these annually! You have mad skills, my friend!

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  16. So sweet that he asks for them. I didn't know they were a traditional treat for St. Joseph's Day! We just love cream puffs and they are so magical to make! Of course they are more magical served on your MC!

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  17. St. Joseph's Day is also celebrated by the Polish and my mother's family. Her closest brother (of 9 children) was named Joe too but I don't remember them ever making these scrumptious treats! They are much more straight forward than I would have expected and I do love cream puffs so maybe I should try! Yours are so tempting with the chocolate drizzle and your MC server! Linda

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