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Durian Cream Puffs

Durians, the spikey tropical South East Asia fruit with a strong odour but so divinely delicious, are now in season. I was the lucky recipient of two large tubs of 100% organic durians (grown without chemicals) courtesy of my sis and her friend (thank you!!). It’s amazing how “real durians” (they are grown in the wild and not cared for by anyone) taste so good – naturally sweet and creamy. Best of all, we don’t get sore throat after eating them. With the surplus of durians, I have to return my sis’s love by making delicious treats out of them, starting with these delectable durian cream puffs.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe

To me, durian puffs are the best of both worlds between cream puffs (too creamy for some) and durians (for those who find the taste and smell overbearing). If you love durians, do grab some durians and make these delicious durian puff treats for your loved ones before the season ends.

Durian Puff Recipe (Step-by-Step Photos)

The step-by-step photos are divided into 3 parts . Warning: pictures overload ahead :)

(Part I) Prepping and storing durian flesh

Durian Flesh
Separate the durian flesh from the seed.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
If not using on the same day, double or triple cling wrapped it in individual containers in the exact weight needed for your recipe. For extra protection against the strong durian odour, seal the container in a ziplock bag. Keep in the freezer. To use, transfer from freezer to fridge the night before to thaw. You can freeze durian flesh for bakes throughout the year.

(Part II) Making choux pastry (puff shell)
Credit: Choux pastry (puff shell) recipe from JoyofBaking.com (excellent video demo).

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Making Choux Pastry (Cream Puff Shells): In a bowl, sift or whisk flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
In a heavy saucepan, add cubed butter and water.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Bring to a boil over medium heat, and let the butter melt fully. Take the pan off the heat and add flour mixture.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Stir with a spatula until the flour is fully mixed in.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Return saucepan to the heat and stir constantly with a spatula until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball, about 1-2 minutes.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Let the dough cool to lukewarm temperature. Add beaten egg slowly.

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Beat using a mixer or hand blender.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
This is the consistency of the dough (it will fall from a spoon in a thick ribbon).

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Spoon or pipe 12 small mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing about 5 cm (2 inch) apart.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Dab your fingers in water and gently flatten the tops of each dough. If you like a golden glazed finish, brush the tops with beaten egg instead.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Bake for 15 minutes at preheated oven of 200°C (400° F). The dough will puff up like a ball as shown. Continue to bake for a further 20-30 minutes (mine took 20 minutes) or until the shells are a nice amber color.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
When the shell is split, it is hollow and almost dry inside.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
The three puffs on the left are moistened with water, while the four on the right, with a more glazed look, are brushed with egg wash. If you intend to dust with icing sugar, you probably don’t need egg wash.

Part III: Making durian cream filling

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
In a mixer, add whipping cream and beat just until stiff peaks form.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Stir in the durian flesh and continue beating at medium speed until the paste is smooth.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Cut the pastry shells in half and fill or pipe with durian cream.

Durian Cream Puff Recipe
Dust with icing sugar before serving, if preferred.

19 comments on “Durian Cream Puffs”

  1. So pretty! I’ve heard of durian (and its strong smell) but I’ve never tried it. Your cream puffs look so delicate and lovely.

  2. Looking at your yummilicious durian cream puffs reminds me that I haven’t bake these for long, will stock up durian soon!

  3. What type of whipping cream do you use? Any picture? tks

    • no photo but any brand will do as long as it says whipping cream. I got mine from Phoon Huat (bought the cheapest one, 200ml, for about $2).

  4. They must be very delicious with durian cream!!

  5. Glad I love durians, this is the best pastry for me :)

  6. I don’t think I have the patience to wait for the cream puffs to be made! I will directly feast on the durians :P

  7. I LOVE durian smell in my refridgerator!

  8. Hi NoobCook

    How many puffs does it yield from the recipe? Cos you mention 20-25 at the top of the recipe but said pipe 12 in the recipe. Thank you.

    • Hi, each standard baking tray fits 12 puffs, so this recipe makes about 2 trays of puffs. Reworded recipe to make it clearer, thanks.

  9. Hi NoobCook

    The durian puffs are super yummy and well-received. Thank you for your recipe.

    Can the durian filling be used for mooncake?

    Thank you.

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