6.13.2008

TWD: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring


This week's recipe was chosen by Caroline of A Consuming Passion and I have to admit- I was very nervous reading the recipe. This was my first pastry- usually when I bake I stick to muffins, brownies, cupcakes, etc so a thanks to Caroline for choosing this & thus pushing me out of my comfort zone!

I was very grateful that Dorie included pictures so I had an idea of what my dessert should look like (even though I still have some work to do to get there!)  

Instead of the peppermint cream I chose to make the chocolate cream that she recommended in her side bar. That cream was so good I was worried I wasn't going to have enough for the pastry because I kept eating it out of the bowl (never with the same spoon of course) :-)

The biggest problem I had with the recipe was using my newly purchased cake decorating kit. I was having a really hard time getting the dough out so I put the rest in a ziploc bag, cut it and continued making my rings (thanks to Zakia of The Frosted Bake Shop for posting that suggestion!). After baking, the pastry didn't puff up as much as I think it should of (probably because there wasn't enough dough in the rings that I made). I didn't want to slice it in half because it was so thin, so I decided to cut the circle in half and make a semi-circle pastry instead.


For my first real attempt at making a pastry, I was pretty happy with my results & my husband gave it 2 thumbs up! 

11 comments:

Prudy said...

The chocolate pastry cream loooks amazing! Congrats on a job well done!

Engineer Baker said...

It looks delicious! Gotta love chocolate pastry cream!

LyB said...

It looks delicious, that pastry cream sounds fabulous!

Dianne said...

I like your semi-circle! The chocolate pastry cream looks fabulous! I'm going to have to try that next time.

Rebecca said...

A semi-circle! What an awesome save. Good job!

bakerchick103 said...

Look really great! I gotta try that chocolate pastry cream. It looks just yummy!

Susie Homemaker said...

how neat that looks in a semi-circle! nice improvisation!

ostwestwind said...

Great job, well done. The filling looks and sounds delicious

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Heather B said...

Great job! It looks delicious!

Lisa Thibault said...

Wow! This looks like a gourmet submarine sandwich pastry. Way to improvise - great job.

Jaime said...

congrats on your first choux pastry! the chocolate pastry cream is delicious, isn't it? :)