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Cream Puff Bites with Chocolate Irish Cream Pudding Recipe
by Grumpy's Honeybunch

Cream Puff Bites with Chocolate Irish Cream Pudding

I know this sounds terribly fattening, but I promise you, it isn't and not only because these are "bites"! It's been quite some time since I made cream puffs and I almost guarantee that after my daughter in law Kristina sees these she will want me to make the mini puffs for her when they visit after Christmas! I'm pretty certain she will want a different filling, but I know she loves mini cream puffs as she requested them as part of her bridal shower brunch we had for her!

These little puffs are just the most perfect little dessert bite to offer at your holiday gathering, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years! The slightly sweet tiny bite of cream puff with the Chocolate Irish Cream Pudding drizzled with a homemade Irish Cream Caramel Sauce (recipe to come at a later time), just the perfect end to an evening. I'm quite certain this would be just as yummy with a vanilla custard pudding in place of the chocolate. The shells themselves are slightly sweet and the dough was so easy to make! The recipe comes from my Cooking Light Holiday Cookbook (see, I told you it wasn't going to be bad for you!). I never have seen this method for making cream puff dough before but I promise you it is so easy that you will have no trouble doing it, not to mention it takes much less time so, make a batch of these little yummy puffs up and serve them up with your favorite fillings - savory or sweet! I can see these with a shrimp, crab, or chicken salad filling in place of the pudding. Perfect bites for the holidays that will not pack on the pounds!

Following the cream puff recipe is the pudding recipe....and feel free to serve the pudding in the little tasting parfaits (make sure to use the cute little tasting spoons too!).

Whisk egg in a small bowl and set aside. In medium sized heavy bottomed saucepan, mix milk, cocoa, sugar, and cornstarch together. Add milk and whisk to combine. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until pudding thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and pour one ladle of hot mixture into bowl with whisked egg, whisking constantly while pouring hot pudding into the egg. Return the egg mixture into the pudding mixture and blend well. Return to heat and cook until pudding just comes to a boil again. Remove from heat. Add butter and Irish Cream. Transfer pudding to another bowl and lay plastic wrap over top of the pudding to prevent skin from forming. Once cooled, use in cream puffs or serve in miniature parfait glasses. Serve any remaining pudding in refrigerator with plastic wrap covering top of pudding.