June 17, 2008
Tuesdays With Dorie: Not Peppermint Cream Puff Ring, But Mini Strawberry Milk Chocolate "Puffs" Instead
As you can see I deviated a bit. Now I love mint and I love chocolate, but for some reason this week I just wasn't feeling the whole mint/chocolate combo, but I did have some fresh local strawberries and thought it would be fun to play around with a strawberry and milk chocolate combo and that's just what I did!
I also decided to make mini puffs instead of one big puff and while my puffs rose beautifully in the oven they promptly fell flat when I remove them. I thought about starting over, but I hated wasting all those ingredients, so I decided to just use the flat "puffs" as shells, top them with strawberry cream and then drizzle them with milk chocolate. It worked perfectly and oh my...Yum!
First things first...The dough!
It pulled away from the pan an formed a little ball beautifully! And once it was added to the mixer and the eggs were put in it still looked fantabulous!
See how creamy and lovely that looks? I was highly impressed!
The next step involved placing the "dough" in a pastry bag and piping it out onto a baking sheet:
I did circles an even a few hearts. Still looking pretty good and oh so creamy!
I put them in the oven and let them do their thing and because of their small size they were done in about 8 minutes. That was probably my first problem since they completed their cooking at the higher temperature and did not have a chance to be lowered to a cooler temperature as the recipe had called for.
They rose beautifully and sadly I didn't get a picture of them risen. Within in a minute of bringing them out of the oven they deflated. As I said before I thought about throwing in the towel. I walked a way for a bit, because sometimes you just have to walk away to gain some perspective, and an hour later decided to use them as shells instead.
So here's my sad looking little "puff" shell:
For a shell not bad, but definitely not a mini puff!
Next I piped on some strawberry whipped cream:
Look at that cream! Aren't those little bits of strawberry heavenly? Why yes...Yes they were! ;oP I made the strawberry whipped cream by combining a pint of strawberries, 2 cups of heavy cream and 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar. I pureed the strawberries with 1 cup of cream until smooth, then added the remaining cream and sugar and beat until stiff. How easy is that?
And last but not least I topped the strawberry cream with a drizzle of milk chocolate and Alexis even made one of her own:
Not bad my little sous chef, not bad! She got a little crazy with her piping, but hey she had fun doing it so that is all that matters!
I made the chocolate according to Dorie's instructions, but I used milk chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate because while I'm all for dark chocolate alone, I much prefer milk chocolate in desserts.
So there you have my twist on the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring, or more aptly what became Mini Strawberry Milk Chocolate "Puffs" instead. Sometimes it's fun to just play around with a recipe and take elements and mix and match them with something else! I definitely enjoyed this little walk down Variation Lane! ;o)
Be sure and stop over at the Tuesdays With Dorie blog and take the links to see what the other ladies an gentleman came up with!
Until next week!
Posted by Dianne at June 17, 2008 7:10 AM
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Great looking puff shell and the result is just looking gorgeous! Congrats.
Ulrike from Küchenlatein
Posted by: Ulrike at June 17, 2008 8:12 AM
So sad that your puffs fell! But it gave plenty of room for that beautiful strawberry whipped cream - yum!
Posted by: Caitlin at June 17, 2008 8:12 AM
Oh my, strawberry cream sounds heavenly!
Posted by: Amanda at June 17, 2008 8:37 AM
Wow that cream looks good! I made some strabeery cream too! Yummy, huh?!
Posted by: Susan at June 17, 2008 8:50 AM
YUM! That cream is gorgeous! Piled SUper high! I made some strawberry cream too, it was so good, right?
Posted by: Susan at June 17, 2008 8:52 AM
The strawberry cream looks delicious! Neat idea.
Posted by: Di at June 17, 2008 9:04 AM
Yes, well, mine fell too - but your creativity outshined the deflated puff. They look smashing!!
Posted by: Megan at June 17, 2008 10:00 AM
Oh, those look heavenly!
Posted by: Allie at June 17, 2008 10:00 AM
How creative was all of this? A really great take on "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" Thanks for the strawberry cream recipe as I am not creative, so this was wonderful to have a recipe!
Posted by: Kayte at June 17, 2008 10:06 AM
That looks like a perfect summer treat! I'd love to know how you did the strawberry whipped cream.
Posted by: Karen at June 17, 2008 10:19 AM
What a work of ART! :-)
Posted by: Carrie at June 17, 2008 10:53 AM
When can I come over??? These look amazing!
Posted by: Heather at June 17, 2008 11:14 AM
How could you go wrong with strawberries and chocolate? Looks delicious!
Posted by: LyB at June 17, 2008 11:17 AM
They look lovely as shells and super soft and tasty! the strawberry cream looks divine! yum!
Posted by: autumn at June 17, 2008 11:55 AM
I love the save...it looks wonderful as is and I adore strawberry cream...yum!!!
Posted by: Mara at June 17, 2008 1:29 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I love what you did with the strawberry theme!
Posted by: Melissa at June 17, 2008 1:52 PM
Perfect way to save the dessert. It looks amazing and no one would ever know that it wasn't exactly what you were going for.
Posted by: Kelly at June 17, 2008 3:59 PM
Oh that strawberry cream looks heavenly!!! I need a pastry bag!
Posted by: Tara at June 17, 2008 5:21 PM
that strawberry cream does look good. i like what you did with these.
Posted by: karen at June 17, 2008 6:54 PM
Now that's just pretty. The strawberry cream sounds heavenly and I wish I could stay for dinner, too!
Posted by: Erin at June 17, 2008 7:25 PM
The strawberry cream looks delish! Love Alexis' creation!
Posted by: Christine at June 17, 2008 8:59 PM
soooooo pretty. the strawberry cream looks amazing and delicious!!! great job.
Posted by: food librarian at June 17, 2008 10:10 PM
Totally over the top. YUM!
Posted by: Rebecca at June 17, 2008 11:38 PM
My favorite version yet!!
Posted by: Annemarie at June 18, 2008 12:07 AM
I love that you were able to make your fallen puffs work for you. And the strawberry cream looks yummy. Great job!
Posted by: Dolores at June 18, 2008 1:03 AM
Misery love company and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with deflated puffs! Yours looks fabulous though. You rose from the ashes like a phoenix and triumphed! Well done you!
Posted by: Marie at June 18, 2008 1:49 AM
aw, the piped shapes are so cute! sorry they deflated... but they still look great with the yummy strawberry filling :)
Posted by: kim at June 18, 2008 3:10 AM
Great recovery Dianne, and a yummy looking dessert.
Posted by: Jenny at June 18, 2008 8:48 AM
From what I've been reading across the TWD blogs I think I took them out of the the oven too soon, BUT the bottoms were very brown so if I left them any longer I would have ended up with charred bottoms. I'm going to try puff pastry again, but I think I may try a different recipe...All in all it all turned out ok, so it's all good in the end. :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 18, 2008 8:52 AM
What a wonderful way to flavor the cream--they look really great, even if they fell! Yum!
Posted by: Bumblebutton at June 18, 2008 10:47 AM
The strawberry whipped cream looks absolutely delicious!!
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Posted by: Shari at June 18, 2008 12:59 PM
I had been wanting to try a fruit whipped cream for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity to do just that! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 18, 2008 3:48 PM
strawberry whipped cream - YUM! great idea. glad you didn't let things go to waste :)
they look beautiful piped out - but definitely under-browned...just leave them in the oven longer next time and they should stay nice and puffy :)
Posted by: Jaime at June 18, 2008 6:58 PM
The bottoms were almost burned. That's why I pulled them out. I think that I needed to raise the rack up higher than half way in the oven to have left them in longer. Or perhaps since they were smaller I should have lowered the temperature?
Posted by: Dianne at June 18, 2008 8:50 PM
They look beautiful and yummy. I discovered, after my first batch fell, that you really have to bake these babies until they brown and crisp, and then maybe bake them a little longer for some insurance : )
Posted by: annmartina at June 19, 2008 11:19 AM
Thanks for the strawberry cream recipe, it sounds wonderful. Good for you for being so creative when it didn't work out quite right!
The tops of your puffs do look much too light to me. I think you will need to cook them longer. Perhaps you need to use a very heavy, light-colored baking sheet to slow down the cooking of the bottoms? Or two thin sheets on top of each other? There's got to be a way to slow down the baking of the bottoms while getting the tops nicely browned and set...
Posted by: Barbara A. at June 19, 2008 9:34 PM
The pan itself was light. Would the silpat make a difference? It's kind of light too... Who knows? I'm going to try and make them again, but most likely it will be around the holidays.
Posted by: Dianne at June 20, 2008 10:18 AM
Mmmm, those look divine! Sorry about the not-puffy puffs. I'll bet they still tasted great.
Posted by: JacqueOH at June 20, 2008 9:01 PM
They did taste great! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 21, 2008 2:42 PM
I'm sure the strawberry whipped cream more then made up for the not so puffy puff pastry, it look fabulous!
Posted by: Mari at June 22, 2008 5:34 PM
I really enjoyed the whipped strawberry cream. I think it would be fabulous on cheesecake!
Posted by: Dianne at June 22, 2008 8:47 PM