Tara Manderino


Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Posted by tjmanderino on April 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

My deep, dark, gardening secret?

If I get around to planting it, I depend on God to take care of it.

For a number of years, my husband would take the boys out shopping and come home with a live plant for me for Mother’s Day, either a hanging basket or a rose bush. It’s not that I mind taking care of things, but I sometimes forget. If it doesn’t come and ask me for water or food, I won’t remember until days later. I’ve had quite a few plants named Lazarus!


So although I may forget plants, I always remember things in the oven (almost always, but that’s another story!). My recipe for Cream Puff Dessert follows. This light dessert is perfect for spring and summer entertaining.


To celebrate spring, I’m offering a free download of my Biscotti Favorites cookbook to one random winner. And because I’m so excited about my new cover, I’m choosing a second random winner for a free download of Soul Guardian.


Be sure to leave your name and email address in the comments to be entered in the drawing for my prizes, as well as the blog hop grand prize, an e-reader and gift card. You must leave your email address in order to be notified if you are the winner. To be eligible for the grand prize you must visit each author on the hop. Complete rules and links can be found on the Authors in Bloom blog hop page  http://diannevenetta.com/events/authors-in-bloom-blog-hop/


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Cream Puff Dessert



1 cup water

1 cup flour, sifted

4 eggs

½ cup butter

¼ tsp salt

(OR – you can substitute 1 package of frozen puff pastry)


2 (3.4 oz. each) packages instant French Vanilla pudding

2 – ½  cups milk

1 (8 oz.) pkg,. Cream cheese

1 (8 oz.) carton whipped topping



(If not using puff pastry follow this for the “shell”)

Heat water and shortening in sauce pan until boiling.

Pour flour and salt into hot mixture.

Beat thoroughly. Stir and cook over low heat until mixture forms a stiff ball.

Remove from heat, add unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg is added (by hand).

Spread on  11 x 15 inch cookie sheet, greased.

Bake at 400 degrees F  20 – 30 minutes until lightly browned.

(If using puff pastry, follow package directions. Place on 11 x 15 inch cookie sheet)


For filling:

Mix together instant pudding, milk and cream cheese. (Best to cream the cheese and 1/2  cup of milk first, add the pudding, and then gradually add the remaining milk. Spread over cream puff shell.


Top with 8 oz. Whipped topping.

Drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired.


Refrigerate until set.





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Reply Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer
8:37 PM on April 12, 2014 
Thanks for participating. Time limits are what keep me from having my dream garden.

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Reply Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer
8:40 PM on April 12, 2014 
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Reply Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer
8:42 PM on April 12, 2014 
Having trouble posting.

Thanks for participating.

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Reply BookAttict
11:28 AM on April 13, 2014 
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Reply Jeannie Platt
2:29 PM on April 13, 2014 
I love creme puffs... thank you for the recipe... And for being part of the hop.

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Reply BookLady
12:43 PM on April 14, 2014 
Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway!
Reply Alisha Sienkiel
12:11 AM on April 15, 2014 
Great recipe and thanks for the giveaway!
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Reply Shadow
8:57 PM on April 16, 2014 
Hi! Great recipe! I love cream puffs! There so yummy! Thank you for sharing! :)
​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!
Reply Kimberly Comeau
8:25 AM on April 8, 2015 
Please tell me there are no calories in this. Right? heh heh
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Reply JeanMP
10:28 AM on April 8, 2015 
I can't wait to get out in the garden, I have a green thumb, it drives my husband nuts because I have plants scattered all over the house.
Copying down the recipe!
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Reply Galinda
1:15 PM on April 8, 2015 
Great way to meet different authors. Thanks for the giveaway. The dessert sounds good.
Reply Sarah M
8:49 PM on April 8, 2015 
Hi! Please don't count me for the cookbook drawing - it'd get way more love from someone else :)

I love the line about how you've had a few plants named Lazarus. It just kinda made me giggle, because I'm reading Dearly, Departed right now, and the virus that causes zombie-ism is called the Lazarus virus. So now I'm thinking of killer plants! :D

Your dessert sounds yummy, by the way! Now I kinda want some sweet stuff...
Reply Rachel B
9:58 PM on April 8, 2015 
The recipe sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Reply Jessica Snow
5:38 AM on April 9, 2015 
The desert sounds so yummy!
Thanks for the giveaway! =)
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Reply Catherine Chant
8:47 AM on April 9, 2015 
Thanks for the chance to win!
Reply Heather B
10:41 AM on April 9, 2015 
You sound like me! I am constantly forgetting about plants. Especially if they are outside!
Reply Shannon
12:38 PM on April 9, 2015 
Yummy, I love cream puffs

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Reply Barrie
1:29 PM on April 9, 2015 
I LOVE biscotti! I love making them and eating them. Your cream puff dessert looks good and one I'll make this weekend!


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Reply Judy Cox
7:07 PM on April 9, 2015 
This looks like a real yummy recipe. I will try it out. Thank you!!
Reply bn100
11:50 PM on April 9, 2015 
sounds tasty

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