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Crowning Glory Cream Puff

Crowning Glory Cream Puff

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  • Makes: 10 to 12 servings
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Cool 30 mins
  • Bake 40 mins

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Toasted sliced almonds are the crowning glory of this custard-filled cream puff ring. A rich chocolate frosting tops off the dessert.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 4-serving-size-packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 16 - ounce can chocolate frosting (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to boiling. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Drop dough by large spoonfuls, forming a 9-inch ring in a greased 12-inch pizza pan (you'll have 10 to 12 mounds of cream puff dough).
  3. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. When cool, using a serrated knife, cut ring in half horizontally. Place bottom half on a serving plate. If you like, use a fork to remove soft dough from inside puffs.
  4. For filling, in a medium bowl, beat the pudding mix, 2 cups milk, and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute or until smooth and thickened.
  5. Fold in whipped cream. Spread filling over bottom half of the cream puff ring. Replace the top of the ring.
  6. Stir the 1 tablespoon milk into frosting. Spoon over ring. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours or until firm. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Crowning Glory Cream Puff)

Servings Per Recipe 10, chol. (mg) 115, Fat, total (g) 21, carb. (g) 84, cal. (kcal) 536, sodium (mg) 1150

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