Another month of ABC-baking brings us another recipe from Flo Braker's "Baking For All Occasions"
This time it’s the perfect seasonal recipe because the miniature puffs are filled with pumpkin ice cream…. and caramel!
I have to admit I skipped the ice cream immediately upon reading. Pumpkin is something that we try to adopt but still is an acquired taste. No pumpkin puree here, and pumpkin ice cream? Nowhere. All that plus knowing that my kids love profiteroles and hate pumpkin anything the decision was quick and final.What I did do is make a gorgeous caramel, and whipped some of my home-made lemon curd with double cream. I used scissors to snip an opening in the puffs, spooned some caramel in the hole and used a piping bag to make a nice swirl of lemon curd cream…. You can’t see the color in the pics but the cream had a nice yellow glow.
These were gobbled up immediately… boys and their sweets? No time to wait until frozen! I kept half of them apart and froze them anyway without their knowing. So there will be a frosty surprise in the near future!
- the recipe states to make a cookie dough and use cut outs on top of the unbaked cream puffs. (you can see one right here on the pic). I still haven’t made my mind up about that one. I like the original idea, and the crisp of the cookie was a nice surprise against the softness of the cream puff. I do think however that I want my puffs to have their original bite.
- next time I will pipe the mounds of batter on my baking sheet instead of using a spoon to get a more finished end product
- I measured exactly 180 ml of eggs as stated in the recipe (about 3.5 eggs in my case) but ended up leaving about 1 egg in the cup. So I used 2.5 eggs for this recipe to get a dough firm enough. It is a good thing to have your eggs ready and loosened a bit by a fork so you can pour as much in as you need.
- I liked the recipe and the way it was written, great puffs! On to the next challenge!
(to see what the other ABC-bakers made please check the blog list on the right hand side of the ABC blog or follow the links in the comment section. Thanks!)