Today, we’re sharing another recipe and kindness idea from the book Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy. This one is a tasty cream puff that comes with a suggestion to deliver to local community workers such as nurses, postal workers, librarians, sanitation employees or anyone else you’d like to honor!
Cream Puffs for Community Helpers
Recipe by Mique Provost and reprinted with permission from Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.
1 cup (120 g) flour
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (120 g) butter
1 cup (240 ml) boiling water
1 package pudding mix of your choice (I prefer vanilla)
4 oz (113 g) cream cheese, softened
Melted chocolate or raspberry jam to drizzle (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
Sift the flour and salt. Melt the butter in the boiling water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the flour all at once and stir with a whisk continuously, until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the side of the pan. Cook another two minutes on low until the mixture is dry. Remove from the heat.
Add the eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture after each addition. A whisk or electric mixer can be used for this part. Continue beating until a thick dough forms.
Drop rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 400°F (205°C), and bake another 15 minutes. Reduce again to 375°F (190°C), and bake 10 more minutes, or until moisture beads no longer appear on the surface of the puffs. This should be approximately 40 minutes total baking time. Don’t open the oven to check during the baking time.
Remove to a wire rack to cool. When cool, cut the top off of puffs and remove the centers. Make the pudding according to the directions on the package. Add the softened cream cheese and mix until fully combined. Fill the cream puffs with pudding mix. You can use any other type of filling you’d like—different kinds of pudding, whipped cream, etc.
Drizzle with the melted chocolate or raspberry jam, or sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish.
To deliver these yummy treats in the freshest way, bring them to community workers on a cute serving plate with plastic wrap. Airtight recyclable containers are another great idea. If you want to take it one step further, add an uplifting note!