May 26

Fuji Cream Puffs—So quick and easy that you’ll wonder why you haven’t made them before!

in Dessert, French, Fuji Favorites, Japan, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type

Walking through the Shibuya train station in Tokyo, Japan can be shear torture at times.  This is not because it is a busy station where it is easy to get turned around if you are not familiar with it, although this is true.  It is due to the fact that depending on where you are walking, the smell of freshly baked cream puffs and pastry cream come wafting through the air, tickling your nostrils and teasing your taste buds.   There is a Beard Papa’s stand at one end of the station, a popular Japanese chain that sells cream puffs, or choux creme (シュークリーム), as they’re called in Japan.  This is a very smart location, as the tantalizing smells all but compel you to go stand in the inevitable line so that you too can savor fresh choux creme.

Cream Puffs Filled with Kiwi Cream

Profiteroles, cream puffs, choux à la crème, or choux creme—it doesn’t matter what you call them, I love them.  Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in both France and Japan, two countries where they are readily available, or because my mom used to make them for special occasions.  All I know is there is something about these balls of filled choux pastry that put a smile on my face.

After I made gold kiwi cream this past weekend, the thought occurred to me that cream puffs would be a perfect companion to the cream, so I whipped a batch, using the recipe that my mom has always used.  The recipe was passed down to her from her grandmother, and it’s a fabulous one.  I served them filled with the gold kiwi cream and a few slices of green and gold kiwi.

Cream Puffs Filled With Kiwi Cream and Chopped Kiwis

I also made a few filled with a kiwi salad (kiwi cut into chunks and tossed in the gold kiwi cream).

Cream Puffs filled with Kiwi Salad

They were delicious both ways.  Just make sure that if you use green kiwi with the gold kiwi cream that you serve the cream puffs right away, as the enzymes in the green kiwi will start to react with the proteins in the cream if left to sit for too long.

How to Make Cream Puffs

Cream puffs are easy and quick to make.  It takes about 10 minutes to whip up the dough and get it shaped and into the oven, and then depending how big you make your cream puffs, they take about 30 minutes to cook, and then they are ready to eat!  You start out by melting some butter in boiling water,

Melt a stick of butter in boiling water

then dump in your flour and salt and stir like crazy,

Add the flour and salt all at once and stir vigorously

until the dough forms into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pot.

Stir until mixture forms a ball and doesn't separate

Then you beat in some eggs, one at a time, until the dough is smooth.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time

Finally you either pipe the dough onto greased baking sheets, or if you’re feeling lazy like me you just use a spoon and drop spoonfuls of dough onto your baking sheets,

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a greased baking sheet

and bake the cream puffs until they are gold brown.  They are delicious filled with gold kiwi cream, sweetened whipped cream, pudding, or custard, and then dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with chocolate.

Cream Puffs

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Fuji Cream Puffs

Makes 10 large cream puffs (or 20 medium, or 4 dozen mini cream puffs)

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter (4 ounces)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

3. Bring the water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the butter.  When the butter has melted, add the flour mixture all at once and stir vigorously.  Cook and stir until the mixture forms a ball that doesn’t separate.

4. Remove from the heat and cool slightly (about 1 minute).  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one until the dough is smooth.

5. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2-inches apart onto a greased baking sheet.  Or transfer the batter to a pastry bag with a round tip and pipe circles about 2-inches in diameter and about 1-inch apart onto greased baking sheets.  Bake the puffs for about 30 minutes until they are golden brown and puffy.  If the puffs are medium-size, bake for about 22 — 25 minutes, and if the puffs are mini-size, bake for about 17 — 20 minutes.  Remove the cream puffs from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

[email protected]/Low May 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I’m addicted to Beard Papa (there’s one really close to my apt here in NYC) so I definitely need to make your recipe!


Elle May 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

You can’t see me right now but I’m drooling, ok? And I’m not ashamed of it…LoL

I just have the perfect recipe for my weekend ;) Thanks to you!!! Thanks for sharing this with us!!!



Jenni kaufusi May 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Sounds & looks so yum. Can’t wait to make them


Kayte May 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

These look delightful! I am always amazed how simple they are and wonder why I don’t do them more often…fillings are endless! Yours look wonderful. Learning a lot about gold kiwi over here…thanks! Process photos are wonderful.


merry jennifer May 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I knew I shouldn’t read this while I was hungry.


Kelly Azuma May 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Yum! Do you have any idea how to make the japanese-style cream/custard that goes in the middle like at BP’s?? I am a BP’s addict. Every time i go to singapore I have them and when I go to Japan that’s my FIL’s and my favourite hangout. But if I could make them at home, OMG! :)


Chris May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm

wow…these look delightful!!! I just made puffs a couple of weeks ago. Like what you did here so much better! :)


damaris May 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm

cream puffs are seriously amazing.


sippitysup May 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

There is a Beard Papa with in walking distance of my house. But If I made these as well as you do, I would not even have to leave the house! GREG


Paula - bell'alimento May 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

Now THESE are dangerous! & you’re a genius to cut out the kiwi like that! Gaw-geous!


Fuji Nana May 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

Love the kiwi flowers. Brilliant garnish–so spring-y!


MAC May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

The kiwi flower garnish is adorable! Sweet touch. This treat would be perfect with a cup of tea – makes me want to throw a tea party! Clearly it’s time to go out and find some more kiwi. Thanks for sharing.

and there’s that wooden spoon ;-)


Katie May 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

That looks amazing!
p.s.- Your photographs are SO good


Victoria May 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

Yum! I’ve heard of the Bead Papas in NYC and have been meaning to try it (since I doubt I’ll be in Japan anytime soon, haha). This looks great! I can never get my pate a choux to bake properly, but I’m gonna keep trying till I get it right :)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Your puffs look wonderful! I love that you filled them with the kiwi cream… Amazing!


PD May 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Wow, you really did make them look quick & easy! I love cream puffs too but the thought of having to pipe the dough makes me even lazier :P but now I will definitely try making them, knowing that I can just spoon the dough! :D


Mansi June 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

They look gorgeous! esp with that fruit and cream filling:)

do send it in for the Magic Bullet recipe contest/giveaway hosted on my blog:)Your recipe could win you a Free Magic Bullet To Go!


Lisabu June 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Yum. I take the bus in Shibuya right in front of Beard Papa’s to get back to my apato in Roppongi Hills and it is so impossible to stand there with the cream puff smell wafting up. This is a great recipe to replicate this great treat! So many great fillings. I am making them today to take to a friend’s house for lunch in Shimokitazawa tomorrow.


cherry December 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

is it okay if i use this recipe to make Eclair? pls reply asap. i nid it… nowww. haha :D thankss :D


Fuji Mama December 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

@cherry, Yes, this is the same dough you would use to make éclairs! Good luck!


Lily January 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

How large are hte large cream puffs?


Andrea Marie June 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I tried this recipe earlier today and it is AMAZING!!! I tried another “tested” recipe and it was super complicated and came out so hard. These were super fluffy and delicious. I LOVE THIS!! Thanks for sharing :)


Tammy October 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Beard Papas!!! I loved that place- thanks for the recipe and the memories!


Mimi February 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

After an unsuccessful first trial with cream puffs, I’m looking to try this recipe since it seems to be a no-fail recipe! One question though, I know you didn’t mention this but I’ve read that it’s good to slit the cream puffs when they come out the oven to let the steam escape, is this true? And should I do it with these?


Fuji Mama February 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

@Mimi — I never split my cream puffs!


Nick Ciaramitaro April 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Yes. Just differen shape filling and top with chocolate.


Kaylee Corry May 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

These were delicious, my whole family loved them! A little tip I found: if you’re going to spoon the dough onto the baking sheets, use pam to grease the spoons before. It makes it much easier to get the dough off.


Trixylarue March 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have tried quite a few recipes I found on the Internet for creampuffs. This one is my favorite, definitely the best tasting, lightest pastry. I am throwing the others out. Thanks for sharing.


Linda Ebner August 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This looks absolutely wonderful. We are going to start doing low teas again & I need to be able to make some really sensational mini cream puffs. I’m trying to fill some pretty amazing shoes & am scard to death. This looks really right up my alley! Thanks.


Isabel Marant Sneakers October 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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completely, except this post offers good understanding yet.


Kim November 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

I just made these and when I took them out of the oven they went flat


Becci January 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Mine too!


Mary G April 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

I just pinched this recipe and anxious to try it.
I’m wondering if you can make these ahead, then freeze them until ready to fill?
Thank you


Becci January 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Mine always fall flat. I am wondering if I am not cooking them long enough. They are puffy when I take them iut and slightly brown.


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