Easter Bunny Cream Puffs

Easter is right around the corner. Are you looking for a fun recipe to try with the kids while you are socially distancing? These Bunny Strawberry Lemon Cream Puffs are easy to make, look adorable and taste delicious.

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Ingredients

For 8 Person(s)

Cream Puff

4 Oakdell Omega-3 Brown Eggs
8 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup water
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Lemon Pastry Cream

3 Oakdell Omega-3 Brown Eggs Yolks
1 Oakdell Omega-3 Brown Eggs
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup half & half
1 lemon peel
6 tsp sugar
1/10 salt (pinch)
2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract or emulsion
1 lemon, zested

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup heavy cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
1 tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 lbs strawberries

Easter Bunny Cream Puffs Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium saucepan combine butter, water, and salt. Cook on high heat until boiling. The butter should be completely melted by the time the water boils. Remove from heat and stir in flour.
  3. Return the saucepan back to the stovetop and turn the heat down to medium. Stir the dough and mash it against the sides and bottom of the pan. Gather it up into a ball. Repeat this until the dough dries out about 3-5 minutes. The dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides to form a ball and it is glossy. A spoon should be able to stand up in it.
  4. Transfer dough to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low to cool the dough. Once the dough is slightly warm add one egg at a time until incorporated. After adding 3 eggs check the dough. Place a spatula in the dough and pull it back out. If the dough hangs from the spatula and forms a "v", it is ready. If not add the last egg. Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe 1 1/2-inch round mounds.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes. During the last 5-10 minutes poke a hole with a toothpick in the bottom of each puff to release steam. 
  6. Transfer the puffs to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  7. Make pastry cream in a medium saucepan, heat milk, half & half, and lemon peel over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Remove peel. 
  8. Stir in sugar and salt.
  9. Whisk egg yolks, eggs, and cornstarch together in a medium bowl. 
  10. Slowly add in milk mixture while whisking constantly. Then pour back into the saucepan. Bring to a boil whisking constantly. Cook until thickened 1-2 minutes. Strain into a bowl using a fine-mesh sieve. Stir in butter, vanilla, lemon extract, and zest. Cover with plastic wrap touching the top of the cream. Refrigerate until cool.
  11. To make the ganache, in microwave heat cream in a glass bowl for 1 minute. Add chocolate chips. Cover loosely with a towel for 5 minutes. Whisk together until chocolate melts.
  12. Make whipped cream by whipping heavy cream in chilled bowl of stand mixer fitted with the chilled whisk attachment on medium-high speed. Once it forms soft peaks add powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until it forms stiff peaks.
  13. Cut strawberries lengthwise slices. Quarter each slice lengthwise to look like bunny ears. 
  14. To assemble: Dip the top of each puff in ganache. Let dry. Cut each puff in half. Fill with pastry cream. Pipe whipped cream on top and insert strawberry bunny ears.