Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 1/2 cups flour

  2. 1 cup sugar

  3. 1/2 cup butter -- softened

  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder

  5. 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind -- grated

  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  7. 2 eggs

  8. --VANILLA CREAM-- 2/3 cup sugar

  9. 3 tablespoon cornstarch

  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  11. 3 egg yolks

  12. 2 cup milk

  13. 1 tablespoon butter

  14. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  15. 1 teaspoon almond extract -- optional

  16. 12 circles. Line greased cupcake pan with the

  17. 12 circles. Fill each cup with pastry cream (below). Top each with another circle cut with a

  18. 3 inch glass--make sure the cake is sealed. Bake

  19. 20 to 25 minutes at

  20. 375. Let cool completely in pan. This is my mom's cream-puff cream. It's just a sweet, vanilla cornstarch pudding. I'm giving you the microwave recipe, because otherwise it takes an eternity of stirring on the stove, after which your arm will fall off. If you choose to cook it that way, make sure you keep the heat low while you're waiting for the stuff to thicken, and never ever stop stirring, or the cream will stick to the bottom and burn and then you will have a million nasty little brownish-black flecks throughout your pudding, which will do absolutely nothing for the texture. VANILLA CREAM In microwave bowl, mix:

  21. 2/3 C sugar

  22. 3 T cornstarch

  23. 1/4 t salt add a fraction of

  24. 2 C milk, a little at first to make a smooth paste, then the rest until the mixture is smooth. Microwave this at high for 8-9 minutes, stirring every

  25. 2 min until the stuff is smooth and thickened. Meanwhile, put

  26. 3 egg yolks (or two whole eggs) into another bowl and beat them slightly. Quickly stir half of the hot milk mixture into eggs, and then add the new egg mixture to the origianl milk mixture. Microwave at high

  27. 1 to 2 min until mixture is thick and glossy.

  28. 1 T butter

  29. 1 t vanilla extract (And, optionally, for extra flavor)

  30. 1 t almond extract Let cream cool before adding to cupcakes or creampuffs... If you're eating it by itself, it's great while it's still warm.


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