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Cream Puffs (1920)

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  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 unbeaten eggs


Add butter and salt to boiling water and stir in flour. Remove from stove and let cool. Then add, one at a time, 3 unbeaten eggs, beating each one in thoroughly.


Drop on a greased flat tin and bake 30 - 40 minutes in a moderate* oven.

By Mrs.E.S. Orr from Eugene, OR

*NOTE: According to the 1935 cookbook, a moderate oven is 350 degrees F - 400 degrees F.

Also, I have a filling recipe if anyone wants to try these. GG Vi

Servings: NA
Prep Time: NA Minutes
Cooking Time: 30- 40 Minutes

Source: Jan. 15, 1920 newspaper clipping. There are a few more recipes listed. They are similar in content as this one, except for "Homemade Soap" from North Dakota Agricultural College. It is fun to read about old old recipes. LOL.

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

This seems easy enough and yes, please post the filling. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try these.



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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

Yum. My youngest daughter makes Cream Puffs just like this recipe, then makes a rich custard for the middles, and dribbles a chocolate glaze all over the top. She loved Cream Puffs from the time she was little, so learned to make them for herself anytime she wanted them. She'd charge her two older sisters 25 cents each. LOL, and they'd gladly pay it to have fresh Cream Puffs to eat while doing homework. Your recipe brought back some great family memories.

I'd love your recipe for the custard filling too, please. I would also enjoy having the recipe for the homemade soap when you have time. Enter it as a craft and get paid $15 for it. I've made so much soap, but am always interested in reading another recipe, just to see how other people have done it in the past. We watched a demonstration of old-fashioned soap-making at Dollywood in NC when it was still Silver Dollar City years ago. They even leached ashes to make their own lye. I never went that far, but did use Red Devil Lye in every soap I ever made.


Thanks for sharing, Pookarina

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

I would love the filling recipe also, please! I love cream puffs and haven't made them for myself in years.

Now that you reminded me, you can believe I am making these real soon.
Wish you lived closer than CA. I am in Michigan. I also believe what you believe about sharing our bounties.


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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

I would like the filling as well. Sounds easy to make and delicious! Can't wait to try!

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

I would love recipes for the cream part!

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

I would also like the recipe for the filling.

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September 23, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you guys for taking the time to ask me for the filling recipes. Here is a start. I'll post more as I get them typed. Please let me know if you make these and like them. GG Vi


Basic Cream Filling
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk, scalded
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2 tablespoons butter
Combine butter, sugar, salt, flour and eggs.
Add milk slowly, stirring constantly.
Cook over hot water until thick and smooth.
Add flavoring.

Pineapple filling
Prepare cream filling add 1/2 cup crushed pineapple.
Cook over hot water until thick and smooth.
Add flavoring. Cool

Lemon Filling
1 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
2-2/3 tablespoons corn-starch
1 egg yolk, well beaten
1/8 teaspoon salt
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine all ingredients except lemon juice.
Cook over hot water until thick, smooth, and transparent.
Add lemon juice. Cook 5 minutes. -The Household Searchlight.

Orange filling

1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons butter
Few grains salt


6 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup orange juice
Grated rind 1/4 orange
Combine flour, sugar, and salt.
Add to milk. Add orange juice, grated rind and butter/
Cook over hot water, stirring constantly until thick and smooth.
Mrs. Robert F. Scott, Tonkawa, OK

Whipped Cream Filling

1 cup whipping cream
Few grains salt
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Sift sugar.
Whip cream until stiff.
Add sugar, salt, and flavoring.

Pile lightly onto cooled cake (or cream puffs) Serve at once.

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

Yummo, GGVi! I am going to make the orange filled puffs! Especially perfect timing for the upcoming holidays! Thank you so much for sharing the fillings! Oh, I wonder if lime would be too tart/bitter replacing it for the lemon in the lemon filling? I'll give it a whirl in the next couple of weeks and let you know ;-)

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful

GGVI, thanks for sharing your filling recipes. Of course I'll be trying the pineapple one first. : )



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October 4, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds absolutely delicious and so easy that even I can't mess it up. I hope to make some for Christmas, with fillings in holiday colors: Green (lime or mint), Red (strawberry) and White (vanilla).

One question though. In the recipe for Basic Cream Filling, you write, "Combine butter, sugar, salt, flour and eggs." But eggs are not mentioned in the ingredients. How many eggs should we use?

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful

2 well beaten eggs should be added to the ingredients for the Cream filling recipe.

Also here is the recipe for Home Made soap for Julia. " put the waste bits of fat or fatty material into a kettle. To purify, add a raw potato sliced thinly, boil very slowly till the potato slices are crisp and brown, then strain through several thicknesses of cheesecloth. Dissolve one pound of lye in 11 cups of water,and pour it gradually into 7 pounds of the clarified and strained fat, stirring the mass until it is creamy and thoroughly mixed. Pour into molds to harden. This will make a satisfactory soap for dish washing,laundry and similar purposes. ----North Dakota Agricultural College

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