Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Cream Puff Ring without the Peppermint - TWD


I have been naughty - I have strayed from the rules - Ok, well maybe not that far but I haven't exactly done exactly what I should have this week - This week's Tuesday with Dorie bakeree was chosen by fellow Uk blogger Caroline from Consuming Passion. I have to admit to not being that inspired by the recipe and being very tempted to give it a miss but no...that's not the spirit. I couldn't justify the Peppermint Cream part of the recipe as no-one in this house would eat it but the Puff Ring (Choux pastry) was something I thought I had better try. I have always thought making this would be really difficult BUT IT WAS FAB!!! I now think I will be taking homemade eclairs everywhere I go - I really feel this week that I have learned something that I would not have if it were not for TWD.

I made the ring but had loads left over for mini eclairs, which I served with Raspberry Ripple Ice-cream and Dulce de leche that needed using up - Wow, what a combo.

The verdict?
Dermot (husband) - Absolutely loved it although he thought I was mad for making it when there were nine other cakes in the house waiting to be decorated with more still to bake! I keep finding him nibbling the left-overs so take this as a good sign.

Millie (5 year old) said she liked it and could she have some with butter on in her packed lunch - but it came back home not eaten so who knows? Do kids count as testers when they are so fickle?

Moi? Yum - Will def do again!

Next week - Mixed Berry Cobbler - That sounds like a proper pud!

28 comments:

Dolores said...

How great that you've found a new technique and a new recipe to play with. I haven't started mine yet (rough week) and I'm not sure I'm going to go the mint route either... but I'm curious about the pastry part. I've only had two experiences making cream puffs.

Engineer Baker said...

Aren't new techniques fun? I love that I'm not the only one surrounded by cakes all the time!

kim said...

mmm, dulce de leche! i totally saw that in the store and almost picked it up... i will have to try that next time :) glad you liked it!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

homemade eclairs rock--glad you gave it a go!!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

I agree! I'm going to take pockets full of cream puffs everywhere I go now.

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

spatulascorkscrews said...

I agree. Cream puffs don't need peppermint! Yours are gorgeous! Great job!

Jules Someone said...

That looked really nice. I agree about the no mint.

Erin said...

Glad you had fun with it! It looks great with the dulce de leche!

CB said...

Mmmmm dulce de leche... ::wiping drool::
Clara @ I♥food4thought

ostwestwind said...

Eclairs sound so much better than the German word "wind bags" ;-)

Dulce de Leche sounds divine.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

chrismacd1 said...

New techniques are so much fun! Great job! My 5 year old likes stuff one day it is her favorite the next time it is the worst in the world!

Susie Homemaker said...

I too love making these! Who knew eclairs could be fun? Great job!

LyB said...

Um, I'll have one with the dulce de leche please! Looks delicious!

Dianne's Dishes said...

I deviated from the recipe too. I like chocolate and mint, but I just wasn't feeling it this week so I did strawberry and milk chocolate instead! I love the idea of the dolce de leche! Brilliant!

April said...

Dulce de leche! Wow, sounds amazing. Great job!

Annemarie said...

I love it when you make a recipe "your own" Beautiful job!

The Kitchen Vixen said...

Your eclairs look wonderful! I strayed from the rules a bit myself, but I always do anyway;)

Jenny said...

Yum, your combo sounds much better than the original.

Tammy said...

the caramel sounds yummy!

Kbg said...

Great combination. I don't like chocolate (gasp, I know...), so I am always interested in other flavor combinations...yours sounds like a winner...next time, next time...going for this.

Jaime said...

i feel the same way - never realized how easy these were to make, just always thought they were difficult!

your eclair looks fab, love the idea of dulce de leche...mmm

Lauren said...

i must agree that I would like some with butter in my lunch, too!

Amy said...

No peppermint in mine either. My son loved the pastry plain!

Prudy said...

That looks wonderful-and with raspberry ripple ice cream??? I'd love it!

Lisa Thibault said...

What an amazing flavour combo. I made mini eclairs too just to get to know this dough. I've got to try that dulce de leche!

Rigby said...

Your puff pastry looks delicous!

Big Boys Oven said...

lovely and adorable!

Shelly said...

That looks totally delicous!