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Try calamansi, strawberry, mango cream puffs by this QC bakery

Steph Arnaldo
Try calamansi, strawberry, mango cream puffs by this QC bakery

DESSERT. Local bakery Leonisa's Kitchen offers homemade cream puffs in various flavors.

Leonisa's Kitchen's Instagram page

You might catch some fillings over these cream puffs stuffed with fresh fruit and creams in different flavors

If you’re a fan of freshly-baked cream puffs – those cute choux pastries filled with cream and topped with crunchy craquelin – then check out these homemade cream puffs by home bakery Leonisa’s Kitchen.

Leonisa’s cream puffs are standard in texture and a bit bigger than the norm – the palm-sized pastries are soft and light to the bite, with a slight crunch from the top and are generously stuffed with cream. The fillings, which are made from scratch with vanilla cream as the base, are creamy but not heavy nor overly sweet.

Leonisa offers the basic and easily likable cream puff flavors of Vanilla (P320), Hazelnut Milk Chocolate (P450), Dark Chocolate (P450), and Black Sesame (P450) in boxes of nine pieces.

Among the unconventional variants is a personal favorite: the citrusy Calamansi with Chocolate Ganache flavor (P450), featuring a smooth, thick, and tangy calamansi-flavored custard enveloped in a silky, mildly sweet dark chocolate ganache and then topped with torched marshmallow foam. It’s a unique combo that works!

For other fruity options, the Strawberry (P450) and Mango (P450) are refreshing flavors to try out – each one comes with fresh, sweet, ripe fruit chunks inside the cream and as the topping. If you’re a fan of matcha, Leonisa also has an earthy Green Tea flavor (P450) to satisfy; and if you enjoy anything ube, there’s an Ube Cream Cheese (P450) available.

Leonisa’s box of cream puffs are also pleasing to the eyes, with each cream puff garnished with engraved chocolate discs, fresh fruit, and/or whipped cream on top. She also sells an assorted box of flavors at P480 each.

Leonisa’s Kitchen is based in Quezon City. Everything is homemade and baked from natural ingredients. Customers can place their orders via Instagram. –

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.