Recipe

Strawberries and cream powder puffs

These cakes supposedly take their name from the powder puffs used by women to dust on face powder. Whatever the provenance, strawberries and cream powder puffs are light, airy and absolutely delicious.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 12 mins cooking
  • Makes 12
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Ingredients

Strawberries and cream powder puffs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • 2/3 cup (160 millilitres) thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoon icing sugar mixture
  • 250 gram strawberries, hulled, chopped
  • icing sugar for dusting, extra

Method

Strawberries and cream powder puffs
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease 2 x 12-hole shallow patty pans.
  • 2
    In a small bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add caster sugar gradually, beating well after each addition or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, sift the flours together three times, then gently fold into the egg mixture.
  • 4
    Divide the mixture between the prepared pans. Bake in a moderate oven for about 12 minutes or until the sponges spring back when they are touched lightly in the centre. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Beat the cream and icing sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then fold in the strawberries. Join the sponges with cream mixture and dust with extra sifted icing sugar.
  • 6
    Unfilled sponges suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

Notes

Recipe is best made on day of serving. Join the sponges close to serving. Try different flavours in the cream filling, such as passionfruit pulp or a little lemon butter.

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