Decadent Chocolate Puffs: A Sweet Delight for Every Occasion

Hello, dessert enthusiasts!

Indulge in a delightful treat that impresses your family and friends. These Decadent Chocolate Puffs combine the light and airy texture of choux pastry with rich chocolate custard and creamy ricotta, all topped off with a luscious chocolate glaze. These chocolate puffs are a heavenly dessert that will leave everyone asking for more, perfect for any special occasion or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let’s dive into this irresistible recipe!

Decadent Chocolate Puffs

Makes about 30 chocolate puffs


For the Choux Pastry (Bignè):

• 1 cup water

• 7 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 4 large eggs

• A pinch of salt

• Oil for frying

For the Chocolate Pastry Cream:

• 2 cups whole milk

• 4 large egg yolks

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/3 cup cornstarch

• 7 ounces dark chocolate (about 1 cup chocolate chips)

For the Ricotta Cream:

• 1 cup ricotta cheese

• 3/4 cup powdered sugar

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

• 5 ounces dark chocolate (about 3/4 cup chocolate chips)

• 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 2 tablespoons milk

For Decoration:

• Powdered sugar


Prepare the Choux Pastry:

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, butter, and a pinch of salt to a boil.

2. Once the butter is melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the flour all at once.

3. Stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.

4. Return the pan to the heat and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to dry out the mixture a bit.

5. Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes.

6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is smooth and glossy.

Fry the Cream Puffs:

1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).

2. Using two spoons or a pastry bag, form dough balls and carefully drop them into the hot oil.

3. Fry the puffs until puffy and golden brown, then drain on paper towels.

Prepare the Chocolate Pastry Cream:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy.

2. Add the cornstarch and beat until smooth.

3. In a saucepan, heat the milk until it starts to simmer.

4. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.

5. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

6. Remove from the heat and stir in the dark chocolate until completely melted and smooth.

7. Cover with cling film pressed directly onto the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming and allow to cool completely.

Prepare the Ricotta Cream:

1. In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Prepare the Chocolate Glaze:

1. In a heatproof bowl, melt together the dark chocolate, butter, and milk over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave, stirring until smooth and glossy.

Fill the Cream Puffs:

1. Using a pastry bag with a long nozzle, fill half of the cream puff with chocolate custard and the other half with ricotta cream.

Decorate the Cream Puffs:

1. Dust the cream puffs lightly with powdered sugar using a sieve.

2. Dip the top of each puff into the chocolate glaze or drizzle the glaze over the puff with a spoon.

3. Let the cream puffs rest for a few minutes to let the glaze set.


And there you have it—Decadent Chocolate Puffs- a feast for the eyes and taste buds! These delightful treats are perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying all to yourself. The rich chocolate and creamy ricotta filling, encased in a light choux pastry and topped with a shiny chocolate glaze, makes for an unforgettable dessert experience. Try this recipe and watch as these little bites of heaven disappear in no time. Happy baking and even happier eating!

Ready to try this recipe? Share your chocolate puff creations with us in the comments below and tell us how you enjoyed them! Buon appetito!