Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling & Blueberry Compote

If there was ever a frugal “cheat” of a dessert, Profiteroles, or Cream Puffs, as they are often called, have to be it. Easy to make, requiring no special equipment, although a piping bag & tips is nice, inexpensive, and they can be made ahead. And once made, they can be filled & topped with all kinds of deliciousness. What more could one want?

A home-made Mascarpone Cheese filling is in the center; they're just waiting to be topped with Blueberry Compote
A home-made Mascarpone Cheese filling is in the center; they’re just waiting to be topped with Blueberry Compote

Well, maybe you’d like to look like a culinary genius? A fancy chef? A Master in the kitchen? Well, these do that, too. Honestly, I don’t know why they’re not seen more. Perhaps they’re just a bit old school?  Maybe a bit la di da or tea party “ish?” That’s a perception that needs to change.

With these Profiteroles, I’ve used a gorgeous filling of Mascarpone Cheese and I’ve topped them with a super simple Blueberry Compote. All that’s left to do, perhaps, is a light dusting of powdered sugar. Oh, and the eating…

Profiteroles or Cream Puffs with a Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote
Profiteroles or Cream Puffs with a Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

On his first bite, my Dad said “Damn, Mollie” rather sharply – I thought there was something wrong. I thought he was yelling at me – seriously, I don’t think I’ve heard those words come out of him since high-school, when I heard them so often I thought I’d have to change my license to match! Then he went on and on and on about the Cream Puffs.

How he hadn’t tasted anything like these in 50 years. How good they were… Then the little noises started! And a look of sheer contentment with a touch of bliss. See, that’s all I need. Little happy noises. And maybe another one of these babies.

Profiteroles or Cream Puffs with a Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote
Profiteroles or Cream Puffs with a Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

I kept the cost down on these by making my Mascarpone Cheese (Start the day before; the cheese needs to be strained for about 12 hours) and using sales priced ingredients. Cream can usually be bought on sale – it’s often on sale during holiday weeks and keeps for several weeks.

The blueberries are often on special throughout the season – although you may with to try other berries or fruit, too. Or maybe you’d rather not use fruit, but instead, drizzle with chocolate or caramel.

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote
Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling & Blueberry Compote

  • Servings: abt 24 small puffs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cream Puffs:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F when ready to bake.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs

In a medium saucepan, combine water and butter. Bring to a boil. Mix together flour and salt in a small bowl. Add all at once to the saucepan, stirring well and remove from heat immediately.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs. Add to pan and beat well with a wooden spoon until dough is tacky, shiny and smooth.

If desired, the flour mixture may be transferred to a mixing bowl and electric beaters may be used.

Cover and chill for one hour.

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Using a tablespoon or a piping bag, place about a tablespoon of the mixture onto the sheets, allowing a generous space between each. The dough may be very sticky. Wet a finger to smooth off any “tip” at the top.

Bake in preheated oven for ten minutes. Reduce to 400 F and continue to bake for a total of about 20 to 25 minutes or until well puffed and golden brown.

Set aside to cool.

Notes:

  • May be made ahead a day; store in an airtight container after they’re cool.
  • May piped or placed on parchment lined sheets and then frozen. After they’re frozen, remove from the baking sheet and gather together in a Ziploc bag (fold parchment and place in bag). When ready to bake, place on parchment lined sheets and bake from a frozen state. A minute or two may be needed to be added to the cooking time.)

Mascarpone Filling:

  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Whip the cream and set aside. Add Mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Whip until the Mascarpone is light and fluffy. Fold in the whipping cream by hand.

Blueberry Compote:

  • 1 pint of Blueberries, rinsed and still wet
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or more)

In a small saucepan add the blueberries while they’re still wet from rinsing. Add the tablespoon sugar.

Heat over medium heat until a few of the berries have began to pop and juices are turning to a syrup, several minutes. Taste and add more sugar, if desired.

Remove to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.

To assemble:

Cut cream puffs in half horizontally. Remove a bit of the center if they aren’t completely hollow. Fill (piping works beautifully for this) the bottom with the Mascarpone Filling,  bringing the filling up about 1 1/2″. Top each with the tops.

When ready to serve, drizzle each with a bit of the Blueberry Compote. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

By the way, I have big news! I’ll tell you more about it in my next post, but in the meantime, here’s a little “teaser!”

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Today, of course, I’ll be linking to our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!

Click over to our latest Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or, as always, to see all the links or add your own, click on the little blue frog, below.

And, as I do almost every Friday, I’ll be linking up to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Number 129! Many of my fave bloggers hang out there every weekend and this week’s co=hosts are co-hosts this week are Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Colleen @ Faith, Hope, Love & Luck.

46 thoughts on “Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling & Blueberry Compote”

  1. Genius! I’ve made cream puffs before but never with mascarpone– looks luscious and so rich–the little bit size would be perfect. And love the saucy blueberries. It’s just all around perfect! thanks Hope all’s well with you there– and you’re keeping cool! xo

    1. Hi Rhonda, I was just outside in the cool breeze! I haven’t said those two words in ages, together, cool breeze! Love it!!

      They were so little itty bitty and so cute and that mascarpone just made them! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, sweetie!! 🙂

      1. Love your blog!! (and your creme puffs) Glad to hear about your breeze and hope it turns into a gale! It’s 100:00 AM here and I have carnitas simmering on the stove top heating up the kitchen– I’m ready for an early air conditioning day!! Keep cool! xox

  2. Your little “teaser” is just the cutest little thing! You’re gonna have so much fun with them! It’s nice to see all of that lovely homemade mascarpone put to use also! YUM! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  3. What a beautiful way to use your delicious mascarpone. Well done! Maybe after this heat wave I’ll have the energy to give them a try.

    1. I’m feeling the same way on the energy level. I want to take five showers a day – but feel to blah to even do that – I’m so tired of the air-conditioning! My tomatoes are loving it!

  4. These cream puffs look so perfect. The bluberry compote looks so beautiful on top. I love that you filled them with your homemade mascarpone cheese, too. Thanks for sharing, Mollie and for joining this week’s FF! 🙂 x

  5. Wow, I had no idea these were easy to make – they look so delicious and sophisticated! Also, I never thought to make mascarpone at home, but that is a great trick, given how pricy it can be. And of course…how CUTE is that puppy?!?

    1. Yep, they’re really easy. They do take a little time, but honestly, they’re easier than cookies, especially if you pipe them out.

      And thanks! I went with Chance for his name, and he’s just high energy right now, barky bitey little thing…he’s coming out of the roly poly stage already!

  6. I adore cream puffs and love the blueberry compote! I can see why your dad liked them so much 😀 I need to make these soon! Have a great weekend!

  7. Cream puffs have been on my bucket list of things to make for a while now, but I think they intimidate me a bit. Now I have to do it!! I was thinking I’d wait until winter… but now I’m not sure I can wait that long!

    1. I know what you mean! The method of making them sounds so weird to most bakers, but they’re really easy. I didn’t even pull out the mixer although I took after it pretty hard with a wooden spoon!

      I’d go for it and do it now while we still have great berries!! 🙂

  8. Wow Mollie, you kinow just the other day I decided I was going to make profiteroles. Then got busy and it’s hot so I let it go. Seeing these has inspired me, yours are absolutely perfect. I have saved the recipe and as soon as this heat wave ends I am going to make them.

    1. It WAS a little cooler when I made these, then temp went way, way up. It’s just oppressive! I never thought I’d say this, but I’m just about over summer…I hate to think what August will bring!

      1. I know it had been awful. Running the AC every day step outside you can hardly breathe. I am ready for fall. I wanted to go to the farmers market tomorrow but can’t face walking there is 100 degree heat.

                1. They had over a thousand applications – at the time I put in for him, I said I didn’t think there would be a Chance in you know what I’d get him…so I’m leaning heavily toward Chance!! I’m only hesitant because it’s nice to have a two syllable name for calling.

  9. I don’t know why people think cream puffs are so ‘fancy’. They’re not and they’re dead cheap to make. I love your blueberry sauce.

    By the way, my dad used to ask me to make Rice Krispie squares for him ages ago. My mom made apple (and cheese) strudel for him with home made strudel dough and he was impressed by melted marshmallows, butter and puffed rice cereal. He never asked how I made them and I never told him. 🙂

    1. Isn’t that funny about your dad? See, there’s no accounting for taste, lol! Or maybe it was the novelty of your bars…:)

      I don’t get it about the cream puffs, either. Maybe because back in the day they showed up at a lot of catered events. I think they’re due for a renaissance!

      1. I started my cooking adventure by making him a no bake cheesecake with cherry pie filling on top. Whipping cream and cream cheese in a home made cracker crust. It had to set overnight. Of crepes and cream puffs, my 2 go to fancy desserts, I like making and eating cream puffs best but crepes are easiest to pull out of the freezer and serve with some jam inside.

        I made cannoli shells on Tuesday … frying those suckers was a MISERABLE experience even though making the dough itself takes 5 minutes. I was VERY disappointed to find out that baking the shells didn’t work at all..

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