Monday, June 16, 2008

TWD - Cream Puff Ring

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Tuesdays with Dorie time! Hooray!

This week's recipe, Peppermint Cream Puff Ring, was chosen by Caroline of A Consuming Passion. I'd only made cream puffs once before, years ago, so I was looking forward to making them again.

The cream puff dough came together in a snap, and was easy enough to pipe into a circle. I didn't have a pastry bag, so I just used a Ziploc gallon bag, and snipped off the corner. Who says I'm not resourceful? It baked and puffed up beautifully. And then collapsed. Huh. But no harm done, because by the time I sawed off the top, filled the bottom with whipped cream, and placed the top back on, it looked great! I chose not to flavor my cream with mint, and instead just gave it a little shot of vanilla extract for flavoring. And I again took a shortcut and mixed up my chocolate glaze in the microwave, and it worked like a charm.

This recipe was enjoyed by all, adults and children alike. Success!

My pictures, on the other hand, SUCK. I don't know what was up with my camera, or maybe it was just too dark in our house, but even after I did all I could to adjust the lighting on my computer, they're still dark and dull. Lame. I'll share them anyway, just don't judge me by these photos, ok?

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Here's Lydia, my goofbug, checking it for structural integrity.

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26 comments:

likesprinkles said...

Ooh! Looks beautiful! I had to leave the mint out too. Just didn't sound too good.

I think my pictures were bad too. I've decided that choux makes for ugly pictures. ;) Although your pictures look 100 times better than mine.

Engineer Baker said...

I love how she's checking for "structural integrity" - hilarious! And you might not think the pictures turned out well, but you've got me wishing I still had some of mine left to snack on right now!

rainbowbrown said...

Nice drippy chocolate. Looks good to me.

Erin said...

It looks great! Your ring looks so pretty!

Jules Someone said...

That looks delicious! I'm not to much of a mint/baked goods fan either.

CB said...

Your pictures do not suck! I love that 2nd one with the chocolate dripping down the side. YUM!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

steph- whisk/spoon said...

having a structural engineer in the family is very important! i'm sure that ring passed inspection--looks great!

chrismacd1 said...

Oh your ring looks so good! You want bad pictures, look at mine!

Rebecca said...

My first round of cream puff pics were sooo bad. Dorie's ring in the book must be made of styrofoam and Crisco. ;)

Susie Homemaker said...

How'd you keep those little fingers off of it long enough to take a picture? It looks too good!

bakersbakery said...

Your glaze looks fantastic!
I absolutely CANNOT melt chocolate in a microwave. No matter how careful I am, it always seizes on me!

Grace said...

you may think your pictures look bad, but they're still making me drool. delicious work!

Kayte said...

Oh, this looks lovely...the color on the pastry is beautiful! As are your photos.

Jenn said...

That looks so good!

Dianne said...

Mine fell too! But yours looks fabulous!

April said...

It looks great, very nice ring!

landa said...

Your puff came out lovely!

LyB said...

That drippy chocolate pic looks delicious to me! :)

The Kitchen Vixen said...

It looks fabulous! I'll have to try the plain vanilla cream next time since the peppermint cream is why I opted for chocolate.

Heather said...

Too beautiful! It looks delicious! Great job!

Jaime said...

great job, i totally can't even tell that your ring deflated! your pictures don't look too dark to me, at all...

Anne said...

Looks so good! Way to go! :)

kim said...

it looks great with the choc dripping down the side! mmm :)

Melissa said...

What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures are fabulous. Great puff!

Rigby said...

Your pastry looks beautiful!

Dolores said...

Looks like it passed Lydia's inspection with flying colors. Great job!