Monday, December 3, 2012

Recipe: Guilt-free Durian Yogurt Puff

Ingredients (adapted from joyofbaking):
(make 10 big puffs)
Choux Pastry:
1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) (57 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup (120 ml) water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 large egg

Durian filling:

Flesh durian
250g plain yogurt  

Powdered (Confectioners or icing) sugar

Choux Pastry:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degree celsius 
2. In a bowl light mix the flour, sugar and salt
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
4. In a saucepan, combine water and butter
5. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then immediately remove from heat
6. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour until combined, and mixture should forms a sticky ball like dough
7. Transfer the dough to an electric mixer or a hand mixer, beat on low speed to release the steam from the dough to cool the dough to lukewarm
8. When the dough is lukewarm add the lightly beaten eggs (dough will separate but fed not, just continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste where the dough will fall from a spoon in a thick ribbon)
9. Spoon or pipe 10 mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, space about 5cm apart. 
10. Gently brush the tops of the dough with a lightly beaten egg. 
11. Bake for 15 minutes before reducing the oven temperature to 180 degrees celsius.
12. Continue to bake for a further 30 or until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are almost dry inside. 
13. Turn the oven off, poke a couple of holes in each puff and, with the oven door slightly ajar, let the shells completely cool (and dry out). 
Durian filling:
1. Remove the seeds from the durian
2. Using an electric mixer, beat durian and yogurt at medium speed
3. Chill the durian 'cream' while waiting for the choux pastry to be baked

1. Split the pastry shells in half and fill with durian 'cream'
2. Lightly dust the durian puffs with icing sugar
3. Ready to be popped into mouth

I swear I have no idea choux pastry is so EASY to make! Everything done in half an hour (bet could be shorter) and my kitchen wasn't in a war-like state after baking. :D And yes, probably the most surprising part of my recipe is the durian yogurt part eh? I'm always adventitious when come to cooking and baking. I had always wanted to bake cream puffs, but CREAM PUFFS! So unhealthy! Wells, so I was thinking of alternatives to the cream part and yogurt came into my mind! So here goes my little experiment. :) How lucky was I that the two goes really well, which explains why I ate like half of them when I finished baking and I received positive response from my guinea pigs aka family. So do try if you are adventitious like me and wanna have a yummy guiltless indulge. :) 


  1. I didn't knew that the durian puff was so easy to do, the ingredients are so basic. Maybe I will try to do in future, now I'm not allowed to eat so much desserts. One question, the puff don't need some baking powder or anything like that?

    1. Yes dear! I myself is amazed by how easy the recipe is too. Nope you wont need baking powder at all. :) Ok, I hope you'll try it when you're better. Cheers!:)