Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Peppermint Cream Puff Ring

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was a Peppermint Cream Puff Ring. This is a beautiful dessert - the photograph in the book is elegant and just makes you want to put it on the dinner table at the end of a fancy dinner party. It was one of the desserts that really attracted me to the book in the first place so I really wanted to make it...but I didn't. I just didn't have a place to serve this ultra-elegant dessert this week and its not the type of thing that lasts long in the fridge.

Instead I took parts of the dessert and made some miniature variations that were easier to give away. I made the paté choux (cream puff pastry) and piped some tiny cream puffs and eclairs. Then I filled them with either lemon cream or a milk chocolate peppermint pastry cream. The little lemon puffs were topped with a white chocolate glaze (the yellow colour is from food colouring) and the peppermint ones got a milk chocolate glaze. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and hopefully they will go over well at hubbies work tomorrow.

Let me just say that pastry cream is da bomb! I've never made it before but it was lovely to prepare and beautifully smooth and creamy. The lemon cream was more cumbersome to make, involving several steps but its got a wonderful, tart flavour. Both recipes can be found in Dorie's book - Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Check out the other wonderful creations for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie at the blog. The recipe for the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring can be found at A Consuming Passion's blog.

16 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Lemon cream sounds fabulously refreshing - good choice!

rainbowbrown said...

I agree this treat, in all its potential shapes and sizes, is most table worthy. Lemon cream sounds delicious.

Rebecca said...

The puffs are so much easier to share. Lovely job and amazing filling choices. Mmmmmmmm.

Susie Homemaker said...

thanks for yuor inspiration...i have never tried to make pastry cream, but yours sound soooo good! I will definitely have to try them!

ostwestwind said...

Lemon cream, that sounds great. I'll try that next time I made cream puffs.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Shari said...

Your lemon cream and milk chocolate peppermint pastry cream sound delicious! Great job!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Bumblebutton said...

Pastry cream is so luscious, glad you thought so too! And your puffs and eclairs look very impressive! Nice job!

Michelle H said...

those look delish!

Jaime said...

i made cream puffs and eclairs as well :) they look fabulous and i'm sure your hubby's coworkers loved you for these!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they look great, and i'm loving the lemon cream ones!!

chrismacd1 said...

Lemon cream and chocolate peppermint pastry cream sounds so good! Your eclairs and puffs look delish!

LyB said...

I love the idea of making these with lemon cream! Both versions look delicious!

Jules Someone said...

These look lovely! And I'm sure they taste even better.

Barbara A. said...

Great idea, these look fabulous and so delicious. Thanks for the ideas! I find myself wishing I worked at your husband's office ;)

noskos said...

Beautiful eclairs and puffs!

Dolores said...

I'm with the others, loving the sound of the lemon cream. Great job!