Thursday, February 11, 2010
HG Cream Puffs 57 Calories, 2.25g Fat (if made w/ light butter 45 cal, 1.5 g Fat)
Flaky Cream Puffs filled with Vanilla Cream Filling
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp Splenda
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Light Butter
4 Med Egg Whites
1 Jell-o Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding 60 Calorie
1/2 cup Fat Free Cool Whip
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt and Splenda together; set aside.
2.In a medium-sized saucepan, combine water, butter and vanilla. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once mixture is blended and boiling, reduce heat to low. Add flour mixture and stir vigorously until a ball of dough forms. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, use an electric mixer at medium speed while slowly adding egg whites until mixture is blended.
3.Spray a large baking pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Drop 12 spoonfuls of mixture onto pan, evenly spacing them out. Cook for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees. Cook for an additional 10 - 15 minutes (until puffs appear very firm), then remove puffs from oven.
4.Pierce the top of each with a knife and allow them to cool completely. Once ready to serve, mix pudding and Cool Whip together. Pull top of puffs off and remove any doughy, undercooked insides and discard top and doughy undercooked insides.
5.Fill puffs with pudding mixture and top with a blackberry. Enjoy! Makes 12 creamy, dreamy puffs.
Okay, here's the skinny, in my opinion, this is just too much work for such a little treat. Of course, I put my own twist on it. I removed the tops completely and added a blackberry. This recipe reminded me of Bovarian Cream Tarts that I've made in the past...that's why I chose to add the blackberries. The blackberry really complemented the pudding/whip cream mixture, very yummy together.
Since these are low cal, you could eat two and if your willing to do an extra 10 or 15 minutes on the elipitcal, you could maybe even eat three. If you don't have guest over to help eat these little treats, I can certainly see this would be a problem to have in the house, especially if it called your name until you devoured them all, like what I did! I winded up eating 6 of these little bad boys and oh man, my stomach hurts! Here's the good news, I went to the Gym this morning and got in my 45 minutes on the circuit. This evening I got in a brisk one mile walk and played outside in the snow with the kiddos for an hour... hopefully this helps with the extra cal's)
So here's the skinny on the calories:
Cal: 57 (20 Fat Cal)
Keep in mind, we discarded the top of the puffs (this should reduce calories and fat slightly, I'm just not sure how to calculate that. Also, I didn't have light butter on hand, so I used Blue Bonnet 53% Vegetable Oil Butter. If I used light butter the actual calories would be:
Final Results: Yes, they are good but, a VERY BIG BUT... they are a hassle to make. Another thing to consider... they may be dangerous if left in the kitchen!
Taste = Two Thumbs Up
Time, Effort & Energy = One Thumb Down