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meyer lemon cream puff

Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs

This easy recipe makes the most amazing, light, bright, and creamy puffs filled with homemade Meyer lemon curd and vanilla whipped cream!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 24 cream puffs
Calories: 69kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • whisk
  • medium saucepan
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • large mixing bowl
  • fine mesh sieve
  • medium mixing bowl
  • piping bag
  • round piping tip for the pastry
  • star piping tip for the whipped cream (optional)

Ingredients

Cream Puff Batter

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temp

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5-6 tablespoon powdered confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup lemon curd or store-bought

Instructions

Cream Puff Pastry (choux pastry dough)

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. This recipe makes about 24 puffs so it will take 3 batches to bake with 8 puffs per baking sheet.
  • Add the water, milk, butter, sugar, and salt to a medium saucepan on the stove and mix over medium to high heat. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Add flour and quickly stir into the mixture. It really starts to form more of a dough at this point.
  • Return the pan to the stovetop on medium heat and stir constantly for a few minutes, cooking until mixture pulls away from the pan and a film forms on the bottom of the pan. This happened pretty quickly for me.
    puff pastry batter on stove
  • Transfer the dough to a stand mixer or bowl and beat on low speed for 3-4 minutes until the mixture has cooled. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat on medium speed until each is fully mixed in. Mix until shiny and almost ribbon like.
    puff pastry batter after whisking with eggs
  • Place the dough in a pastry bag with a round tip. Pipe round circles spaced at least 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Try not to pull up and leave a peak, but you can smooth down with your finger if needed.
    puff pastry piped for baking cream puffs
  • Place one baking sheet at a time in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking for another 5-10 minutes, until golden and airy. Keep an eye on them because they brown quickly! Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat step 5 for the rest of the pastry dough and make sure your oven heats back up to 425°F before the next pan goes in.
    baked cream puffs on a cooling rack

Whipped Cream

  • Pour the heavy cream into the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl and begin whipping at medium speed. Add the powdered sugar and continue to whip on medium speed. Add the vanilla and whip the cream on medium-high speed until nice and fluffy.
    homemade whipped cream in a bowl

Assembly

  • Once your puffs have cooled, cut them open with a serrated knife, trying to keep the top slightly attached. Your puffs should be airy inside with some nice holes to work with.
    cream puff cut open
  • At first, I placed a dollop of curd and swirled some whipped cream inside from a pastry bag. It worked fine but I really wanted to get equal amounts of whipped cream and lemon curd in each bite. So, I filled my pastry bag with half whipped cream and half lemon curd. It worked perfectly, like a swirl of frozen yogurt with two flavors. Yum!! Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar on top and enjoy!
    meyer lemon cream puff

Notes

  • Make your own lemon curd or you can use store-bought.
  • You can also substitute store-bought whipped cream or whipped topping for the homemade whipped cream in the recipe. 
  • Store any leftover puffs in a covered container in the fridge. They will last 1-2 days. 
  • Nutrition facts are for the cream puff only with no filling. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1puff | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.6g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 11mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.