Tuesday, June 17, 2008

TWD: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was picked by Caroline of A Consuming Passion, she picked a recipe with choux pastry. I always wanted to try that and I have a couple of recipes laying around but never got to it.

Instead of reading the Problems and Question section on the TWD site, or looking at some of my other recipes, I just made it straight from the book, big mistake!
I had hardly any puff in my pastry, there were some small air pockets but not the big fluffy ones you normally see in puff pastry. I just have to try this another time with the lessons learned from this bake.
Which lessons did I learn,? Well, don't add the eggs to the dough straight from the fire, let it cool down a bit first. Another lesson, after the pastry comes out of the oven (this is for puffs) make a small incision with a paring knife, to release steam, and put them back in the turned of oven so they can dry out a bit more.
Despite the dense structure it still tasted like puff pastry, I filled it with pastry cream instead of the peppermint cream. We are not that big on peppermint in our dessert here.
My pastry cream might look a little dark, that is from the new bottle of Mexican vanilla that I brought back from me recent trip. Beautiful flavor but very dark!

The recipe for this week can be found on Caroline's site since she was the one who picked it.

Next week we will be making the Mixed Berry Cobbler, picked by Beth of Our Sweet Life.

14 comments:

Susie Homemaker said...

what's wrong? I think this looks so good - and you photographed it beautifully!

rainbowbrown said...

It looks great to me. That dark vanilla sounds very good.

Rebecca said...

Lovely photos! This recipe is tricky. One batch of my cream puffs puffed; the one I baked the next day was flat. Oh, well, on to the cobbler!

Heather said...

Your puffs look delicious! Great job!

LyB said...

It looks perfect, I love the dark color!

Erin said...

I think it looks beautiful! I bet the vanilla was delicious.

likesprinkles said...

Even with the problems you had, I think this is one of the prettiest rings I've seen! Amazing job!

ostwestwind said...

Your ring looks gorgeous, especially with the "dark" filling, just perfect

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Shari said...

Looks perfect to me!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Christine said...

It looks great to me!

Jaime said...

i'm not sure what you are talking about - it looks perfect!

you can do w/o the slit in the puffs - i just took them straight out of the oven and they were fine. i just had to make sure to let them brown up really well first.

Jules Someone said...

Your ring and puff look lovely!

Big Boys Oven said...

this is lovely puff ring, awesome and bake by a guy WOW! for you we too male bakers on try!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I started out without reading the P&Q section too, and although I didn't encounter any of the problems that you had (I had other problems), I guess it's better to give the P&Q section a gander before starting out. Whatever the case, your end result looks beautiful to me, so I wouldn't worry! Your cream looks like dulce de leche!