Durian Puffs

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About five years ago, dad started organising a family gathering for all his siblings and their children at his place. It is usually after the seventh month of the Lunar calendar. During the first party, I made durian puffs from the leftover durians that he had given me. Since that year, every year, I will make durian puffs for his party. My relatives, big and small, all loved the puffs. However, I wasn't consistent. Every year, I used different recipe for the choux pastry. 

Perhaps my relatives who only had it once a year at the party, were full of praises for the durian puffs. I supposed it was mainly due to the quantity of good durians I have in the puffs. However, my siblings, being more picky, preferred one of the year where the puffs were very light. So I deduced that the best choux pastry I ever made was from that recipe which used more egg whites. And this year, I decided to use that recipe that produces a light and thin pastry puff. I didn't have the chance to try the puffs as two trays were snapped up in minutes. In fact, many of my relatives remembered dad's party for my durian puffs. ^~^

Therefore, here is the best choux pastry for you - Rose Levy Berandaum's Cordon Rose Cream Puff Pastry.
Recipe for Durian Puffs
Makes approx. 110 mini puffs

Choux Pastry, adapted from Rose Levy Berandaum's "The Pie and Pastry Bible".

236g Water
113g Unsalted Liv Butter
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
142g Plain flour
(240g) 3 large Whole Eggs + 3 Large Egg whites (I used 60g eggs with shell and came out to be approximately 258g, and I used them all.)


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar and salt and bring to a full rolling boil.
2. Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat and add the flour all at once.
3. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball, leaves the sides of the pan, and clings slightly to the spoon.
4. Return the pan to low heat and cook, stirring and mashing continuously, for about 3 mins to cook the flour.
5. Without scraping the pan, empty the mixture into a mixing bowl.
6. Turn on the k-beater, and add whole eggs one at a time, followed by egg whites, beating them to incorporate after each addition.
7. The mixture will be smooth and shiny, and should be too soft to hold peaks when lifted with a spoon. If it is to stiff, add a little extra water.
8. Prepare a tray with baking sheet or silicon mat.
9. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with Wilton 1M nozzle, with the mixture.
10. Pipe puffs about 1 inch in size, and 1/2 inch apart from each other onto the sheet.
11. Bake for 10mins at preheated fan oven of 220C. 
12. Then lower the temperature to 180C, and continue baking for another 15mins or until golden brown.
13. Remove from the oven and leave it on the rack to cool completely.puffs_durian01 puffs_durian02
Durian Fillings
200g Whipping cream
800g Durian pulps


1. Whipped the whipping cream till soft peak.
2. Add in the durian pulps, and fold to incorporate.
3. Use a handheld blender and blend the mixture till smooth.
White Chocolate Decoration
60g White chocolates, chopped finely


1. Melt the chocolates. If too dry, add some cooking oil, and mix well, till smooth.
2. Set aside for later use.

To fill the puffs:

1. Slit the bottom of the puffs with a small sharp knife.
2. Fill a pastry bag fitted with Wilton #6 round tip with the durian filling, and put it through the slit hole.
3. Gently pipe in the fillings and move the tip out as you feel the fillings being filled in the pastry.
4. Fill a paper silicon cone piping bag with white chocolate. Cut the tip.
5. Decorate the durian puffs with white chocolate and serve. puffs_durian06 puffs_durian04


Anonymous said...
September 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Hi Passionate for Baking

Cud you advise me why were 3 egg whites added because cream puff I come across so far used whole eggs.

Was the reason due to puffs more successful this way?

Thank you.

Priscilla Poh

Edith C said...
September 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Wow so good how to not expect to finish in mins. Yum

DG said...
September 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Hi Jane, this is trully yummy! Just remind me how good it was when you made on our last gathering :)

Passionate About Baking said...
September 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hi Priscilla,
I think the reason for the light pastry puff was because of the egg whites added instead of full whole eggs. This was one of the rare recipe I used with egg whites, and produces the best pastry puffs so far. Do try it and see if you agree with me.

Passionate About Baking said...
September 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

During our last gathering, I remembered I made Portuguese eggs tarts. Don't recall I made durian puffs. :p

Pris said...
September 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Hi Jane,
What type/brand or how many precent fat whipping cream you used for the durian filling?

Passionate About Baking said...
September 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hi Pris,
Any diary cream will do. I used President Whipping cream. Should be about 35% fats.

Janice said...
September 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Wow, they look really good. I shall try the recipe! I hope they'll turn out as yummy as Sunlife's durian puffs https://www.facebook.com/SunlifeDurian

Passionate About Baking said...
September 22, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Hi Janice,
I've not tried SunlifeDurian. However, if you make this yourself, it will definitely taste better than SunlifeDurian!

Anonymous said...
December 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Should the whipping cream be cold or room temp?

Passionate About Baking said...
December 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Hi Anonymous,
The whipping cream should always be cold.

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