Tuesday, June 17, 2008

TWD: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring Re-Worked



This week for Tuesdays With Dorie, Caroline of A Consuming Passion picked the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring.  Now, I'm all for a challenge, and I have never made pate-a-choux, although I have wanted to, so I wasn't going to turn up my nose at the chance.  However, H & J's housewarming party was coming up, and required mini-desserts, so I decided to adapt this recipe and just make cream puffs.  And since everyone likes chocolate, and Dorie suggests it herself, I skipped the Paris-Brest mint cream and used her chocolate pastry cream recipe instead. 

The pate-a-choux was far easier then I imagined it to be- a note to all you would be pastry chefs!  Try it, it's not as hard as it seems, and once you master the basics you can do a LOT.  the puffs behaved nicely in the oven.  The pastry cream came together easily, and let me tell you, there are few things better in this world then chocolate pastry cream.  The only thing that didn't exactly behave was my oven, which gave me a battle-scar of a burn when I took the puffs out.  (bad oven!  bad!).  

my little puffs coming out of the oven

The ganache for the topping was easy to make, but made the whole thing a little too chocolatey.  I felt I was covering up the silkyness of the cream and the lightness of the puff with it- I'll skip it for sure next time. 

17 comments:

ostwestwind said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't care for the glaze. Great looking puffs

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Engineer Baker said...

Definitely bad oven. And if the only thing you weren't a fan of was the glaze, I think you're pretty safe :)

Susie Homemaker said...

A burn? Agh. At least it didn't dampen your spirits! I think the ganache is a little heavy at times, too - I imagine it to be so with chocolate cream...butit looks so goos! I think you did a great job!

Dianne said...

Wow, look how fluffy! They look great! Sorry your oven misbheaved an burned your hand! ;)

Je ne regrette rien said...

what I wouldn't give for one of those right now! and you can just send me all the unused chocolate glaze ... mmm!

Kayte said...

Maybe just a drizzle of the glaze next time...they look really pretty with it. Yours look beautiful...and worth the pain, right?

Di said...

Mmm, chocolate pastry cream sounds delicious. I'm glad you enjoyed making this week's recipe.

Prudy said...

The puffs look perfect. Kudos! I loved the glaze-but I'm a huge chocolate fan.

annmartina said...

Your puffs look beautiful. Hope your burn heals soon. I still have the mark of a burn from one of the Dorie recipes a while back. Chocolate pastry cream! Sounds divine.

Jules Someone said...

Looks very yummy!

Rebecca said...

Ooh, perfect for a party. Good idea!

Julia said...

Can Clementine please do a guest entry? I miss Clementine's corner.

chrismacd1 said...

Ovens have a mind of there own! Sorry to hear that you didn't care for the glaze but your puffs look beautiful!

LyB said...

I can never say no to chocolate glazed anything! Your puffs look fabulous!

Jaime said...

your cream puffs look great! sorry about the battle wound ;)

Barbara said...

Looks great! Hope you have plenty of ice packs and a healthy aloe vera plant (speaking as someone who somehow manages to bump into the oven rack edges far too often).

Dolores said...

Your puffs look perfect; hoping your battle scar is healing nicely!