A crisp, buttery cream puff shell filled with a no-bake raspberry cheesecake filling and drizzled with a tart triple berry icing.
Recently I was asked if I had time to help a junior high school student who was interested in a career in baking, Her school assignment was to job shadow someone to get some real world experience in her chosen field.
It’s a busy time of year for food bloggers with the holidays upon us, and I have to admit I was a little hesitant about having a young girl I didn’t know in my kitchen for four hours when I had so much work to get done.
But I didn’t need to worry at all Makaylee was a pleasure to have in the kitchen. She’s a hard worker and mature beyond her years. She listened and soaked up everything I taught her. I only had to show her how to do something once, and she gladly took over making, piping and decorating cream puffs.
I thought it would be fun to show her what a food blogger does from start to finish. So when she arrived we created a new recipe. We looked through my Dream Puffs cookbook and dreamed up a new flavor for us to make.
She like the Strawberry Cheesecake Eclairs in Dream Puffs, and I had fresh raspberries and cream cheese in the fridge, so we created a raspberry cheesecake filling. She also liked the pretty pink icing on the Cherry-Almond Cream Puffs so we added a triple berry icing to our recipe.
Once we created a new recipe, we headed to the kitchen and started baking. After we finished baking, filling and decorating the cream puffs we went to my photography studio (it use to be my son’s bedroom), and Makaylee helped me style and take these photos so we could share the recipe with you.
Makaylee was a delight and created a delightful new cream puff flavor. If you love cream puffs and you love raspberry cheesecake, you’re going to be crazy about these raspberry cheesecake cream puffs.
Cream puffs really are easy to make even for first timers. Here’s a link to the cream puff shell recipe and video and a template so you know how big to pipe them.
More cream puff recipes on Barbara Bakes:
- Candy Corn Cream Puffs – a fun Halloween cream puff.
- Churro Cream Puffs – A crisp cinnamon-sugar shell filled with a light and airy cinnamon whipped cream.
Raspberry Cheesecake Cream Puffs
- 16 cream puff shells*
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup fresh raspberries roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup frozen mixed berries thawed
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add cream cheese mixture to heavy cream and beat until incorporated.
- Fold raspberries into the whipped cream.
- Spoon raspberry whipped cream into the bottom of the shell.
- Puree berries and press through a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl to collect the juice.
- Combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons berry juice in a small, deep bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Add more powdered sugar or juice (or water) if needed to make a thin glaze.
Thanks Makaylee for helping me in the kitchen. I know you’re going to be a great baker one day. You’re already on your way.
These look so delicious. I’d be happy to have a student in my kitchen, too! I’m sure she had lots of fun seeing the behind-the-scenes of a food blogger.
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
Aww that would have been so much fun for her too! You are too kind spending a day with her. It’s really so hectic nowadays isn’t it? I hope you get some time to yourself too mum! xxx
Rocky Mountain Woman
Those look wonderful. If Makaylee isn’t busy this weekend, why don’t you send her my way? I could use some help in the kitchen!!
You would love having her in the kitchen with you 🙂
Barbara these look and sound scrumptious! What a fun experience for both of you 😉
Thanks Kathleen – it was a fun experience.
I DO like cream puffs AND raspberry cheesecake, so I’d be delighted with a tray of these beauties! Sounds like you had a lovely helper in the kitchen with you!
Thanks Liz – you’d definitely love these then.
Thank you so much, Barbara! I had an amazing experience baking with you. I am so grateful that I got to job shadow you. When I told my friends I was able to shadow you, they were all so jealous, because they were going with their dads, as computer programmers. Wouldn’t that be boring?! 🙂 I appreciate you taking time out for me, being patient with me, and believing in me. Since my time with you, I have spent a lot more money on pastry bags and baking supplies, as well as spending more time in the kitchen! I also came home and made churro cream puffs, and my family ate them in 5 seconds flat, I didn’t even get to eat one! I am still waiting for trip to Orson Giggy! I hope i can be just like you when i grow up!
Thanks MaKaylee – I’m certain you have a very bright future ahead of you. You’re doll.
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
Sounds like she had a wonderful time helping you!
The Cream Puffs look delicious!
Thanks Melissa – she really was fun to hang out in the kitchen with.
Wonderful, I hope mine look as nice!
These puffs look so tempting! Just would like to grab one or two 😀
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just reach in an grab one 🙂
What a wonderful thing to do-and I love that a young person is taking such and interest in baking. It seems so rare these days, or maybe I just don’t hear about it.
It looks like you and Makaylee created a winning cream puff flavor…and they’re so pretty!
I’m with Maureen…..an assistant in the kitchen is super…but an assistant for the clean up and dishes? Fantastic! 🙂
Thanks Carol – Makaylee did a great job of making them look pretty. I agree with you and Maureen, a clean up assistant would be great.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
What fun to have an assistant working with you! She seems very capable and I know she’ll do well in whatever she chooses. Who wouldn’t if they could make cream puffs like that???
I want an assistant who does dishes. 🙂
You’re right Maureen – she will do well in whatever she chooses. And I agree we should all have a dish washing assistant 🙂
Very pretty and mouthwatering!