How to Make Dairy-Free Cream Puffs Step-By-Step

  • 01 of 09

    How to Make a Dairy-Free Cream Puff

    Elegant and fun, these are perfect for both informal and formal parties. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Learn how to make dairy-free cream puffs and pate a choux pastry dough. This dairy free cream puff tutorial will take you step-by-step through making the dough and filling for these nondairy cream puff pastries, which make great desserts for lactose-free kids and adults.


    First, find a recipe for non-dairy dough or modify a recipe substituting margarine for butter. If it calls for milk, substitute you favorite non-dairy milk or simply use water instead. You may also experiment with using coconut...MORE oil instead of butter or margarine.


    Eggs are a critical ingredient for the puff pastry as they provide the rise and result in a fluffy puff that has a bit of crunch on the outside. If you want to try a vegan alternative without eggs, use this recipe from OneGreenPlanet.org.


    The steps shown assume using eggs, margarine, and soymilk. The filling can be a dairy-free cream or pudding.


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  • 02 of 09

    Making the Pate A Choux: Boil the Water, Margarine, Sugar and Aalt

    I try to use non-hydrogenated soy margarine when possible, such as Earth Balance. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the water, margarine, sugar and salt until well combined. Whisking constantly, bring the mixture to a boil and immediately remove from heat.


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  • 03 of 09

    Making the Pate A Choux: Add in the Flour and Remove from Heat

    Once you've added the flour, it is important to mix frequently to prevent the mixture from toasting in the pan. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour (the mixture will seem slightly "lumpy"). Return the pan to the heat. Stirring constantly, add the soymilk or other milk substitute and cook until the dough just pulls away from the ​pan, about 3 to 4 minutes.


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  • 04 of 09

    Making the Pate A Choux: Add in the eggs

    To prevent cooking your eggs, it is important to beat the batter mixture well before adding. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Transfer the dough to a medium-sized mixing bowl. With a hand mixer on medium speed, mix the dough to allow it to cool slightly before adding the eggs. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well into the batter between each addition. When the batter is shiny and forms soft peaks, it is ready to use for the cream puffs.


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  • 05 of 09

    Making the Cream Puffs: Piping the Batter

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    Fill a pastry bag fitted with a round tip with the batter. Pipe circles about 2" in diameter onto the prepared sheet.


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  • 06 of 09

    Making the Cream Puffs: Baking and Cooling

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    Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool slightly on a wire rack.


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  • 07 of 09

    Filling the Cream Puffs: Making the Incision

    It is best to make the holes in the underside of the cream puffs with the tip of a sharp knife while they are still slightly warm. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Once the puffs are cooled, use a sharp knife to poke a small hole in the bottom of each cream puff. This is where you'll be piping in the filling.


    For filling, you could use a dairy-free vegan chocolate pudding, dairy-free vegan whipped cream, or other vegan pudding or cream.


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  • 08 of 09

    Filling the Cream Puffs: Piping the Pastry Cream

    You can fill the cream puffs with a variety of fillings; I prefer this vegan pastry cream, which is sweet but not quite as rich as traditional versions, which pairs nicely with the rich dough. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Fill a pastry bag fitter with a small round tip with the chilled pastry cream. Pipe a small amount into the bottom of each cream puff. Allow the cream puffs to cool completely.


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  • 09 of 09

    Making the Cream Puffs: Serving and Enjoying!

    Elegant and fun, these are perfect for both informal and formal parties. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    When cooled, dust the cream puffs with confectioners sugar and serve. Cream puffs should be served within two hours of cooling, so enjoy!