If you’ve browsed around with The Gypsy Mamas before, you know I’m all about the food. Adventure, finding new nooks and hidden crannies in the world, and food.
We visited Paris a few years ago. We took cheesy but completely necessary tourist pictures under the iconic Eiffel Tower. An entire day was devoted to the stunning Louvre. The flowers in Luxembourg Garden boggled my mind. And yet the thing that first comes to mind when I think of Paris? Hanging out with a gargoyle, enjoying a cream puff.
Weaving through the cobblestone streets, we stumbled upon a little bakery. The lure of freshly brewed coffee drew us in, but all those gorgeous pastries lining the display cases…. sheer heaven. I’m afraid my French is pretty rusty, but hopefully I was able to convey my awe and extreme delight. The first cream puff didn’t make it past the rustic bench outside the door. The second I savored with my new gargoyle friends.
Meeting new people and trying locally made foods is one of my very favorite parts of travel. I’ve been trying for years to recreate the Epic Cream Puff. Until last week, I was sure the gargoyles were somehow a key ingredient, or that the shadow of history cast by the Eiffel Tower helped impart that airiness to the pastry.
Turns out, I think I’ve got it! Want to try your hand at a cream puff? Make a batch of these inviting little guys today.
My recipe makes approximately 40 cream puffs. You can halve it or double it depending on your needs.
I love the versatility of these delicious little morsels. Craving chocolate? Change the filling, add nutella, maybe drizzle a ganache over the top. Looking for a fresh bite for spring or summer? Add raspberries. Make the filling with a lemon pudding or shave lemon peel in. Go crazy! We just made these with a pumpkin variation. I used vanilla pudding and heavy cream, then added in pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. So. Crazy. Good.
I may not currently have a gargoyle to chat up while I’m savoring my cream puffs, but pretty sure this is the next best thing.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling? Drop me a line!