This week Caroline of A Consuming Passion chose Peppermint Cream Puff Ring as the TWD recipe of the week. However, I knew that peppermint would not go over well with the monkeys. I decided to go the mini eclair and cream puff route instead. The monkeys like to have their own personal desserts. When they get to pick exactly which one they want, even better. I knew right away, these would be prefect.
I had the added benefit of wait till the last possible minute. Well, okay maybe not the very last, last minute, I could have waited till Tuesday. (Which I have done many, many times now.) But, I did wait until Monday noontime, which let me read all the comments being made about the puff process. I decided to use some tips that were suggested. I let some of the steam beat out of the dough when I first put it into the mixer, before adding the eggs. I did use all 4 eggs. And after my puffs were done, I turned the oven off and let them continue to sit in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
I went with vanilla and coffee pastry cream as the filling of choice. I love a 2fer, and I was able to make vanilla and halve it to make the coffee flavored cream. Both were very tasty, but I was partial to the coffee. Next time, I’d like to try a chocolate pastry cream filling.
I have to say, even though my sink was filled to the brim with dishes when I was done, I was extremely proud. I had never made my own cream puffs before. They turned out perfect. I ate more than I would like to say before I was even done with their photo shoot. One of my Grams fav desserts is mini eclairs, so I am stoked that I can make them for her now!
Thanks to Caroline for picking such a challenging recipe. I love learning a new baking skill. Please check out the TWD baker-roll for various different cream puff rings, eclairs and who knows what else.
* I had my camera on the wrong setting. I didnt realize this until I downloaded them. No natural light left for a good photo now. Better pictures next time, promise.