Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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TWD: Cream Puff Rings



This week Caroline of A Consuming Passion chose Dorie's Peppermint Cream Puff Ring. I was excited to try my hand at this type of pastry and to make pastry cream. I ended up making a regular pastry cream versus the peppermint cream because (a) I didn't have mint leaves, and (b) we like peppermint, but only in small doses and I wasn't too sure how strong the peppermint taste would be. I was also afraid that if it tasted too much like peppermint we wouldn't eat the whole thing and it would go to waste. Well, it went to waste either way. Dorie is not lying when she says this dessert must be eaten within 8 hours of it being made. I even halved the recipe and it was still too much for us. While the dessert itself is good, I was bummed that it didn't last long (cream started getting hard). The cream was great and easy to pipe and the dough was amazing. Once the dough was baked it was so light and airy. Together (and topped with chocolate) it was delicious!

As always, make sure to check out the TWD website so you can see how everyone else interpreted this dessert.

Dough and sea-looking-creature cream


Finished cream ring



A mini-me cream ring :)

17 comments:

rainbowbrown said...

Wow. Two matching sizes? Cute city.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks yummy--like a giant circular eclair!

Heather said...

Yummy! They look great! Ours started to get soggy by the end of the day but that didn't stop the taste testers!

ostwestwind said...

They look gorgeous! My kids liked the idea to eat all in one day ;-)

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Engineer Baker said...

Sea-looking creature cream indeed. Mine didn't last long enough to get soggy!

Susie Homemaker said...

Great job - I have never made pastry cream - I may have to try now!

Dianne's Dishes said...

The look fabulous!

LyB said...

I love the mini! Very, very nice, they all look delicious!

Heather said...

yum! They look so cute! Great job!

Erin said...

It looks beautiful and delicious!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Good job! Dorie's pastry cream is yummy.

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

Prudy said...

Those are too cute and donuty. Yum!

Christine said...

I love the mini! Great job!

Dolores said...

I'm a little behind with this week's assignment, and I'm also worried about waste. I think I'm going to save it for the weekend (when we'll have guests) and halve the recipe. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Beautiful cream puff ring and the filling looks delicious. I agree that this type of pastry/cream should be eaten fairly soon after coming out of the oven.

Jaime said...

great job!

sorry yours didn't last very long. i found that my chocolate pastry cream version lasted super long. i made them sunday afternoon, assembled sunday evening and still had a few leftover on tuesday evening that were still very tasty!

Jules Someone said...

Those look really good! Next time, I'll come over and help you eat. ;-)