Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This week on Tuesday with Dorie it is the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring


Caroline of A Consuming Passion has chosen…Peppermint Cream Puff Ring. This is a pâte à choux type of pastry. Because of a Good Eats show that I saw a few years ago I had no trouble making the cream puffs. I put some cocoa powder into the dough trying for a chocolate base. It did not really have a chocolate taste. I made smaller puffs instead of the large ring because I took it to NICU and it is just easier for people to take one small puff than cut a piece.


I used Apple mint that I had growing in my front yard as the mint. It gave the cream a slight green tint. Apple mint is just one of the many kinds of mint out there. It grows better than some of the others here. The candy and chocolate mint did not come back this year.
I forgot to put in the cream fraiche. I looked every where for it and finally found some and then I forget to put it in, oh well. I finally located some cultured sour cream at the King Soopers, a big box grocery. The smaller fancy groceries did not have it. I found that funny. At least it did not cost much. I wonder how it would taste on tacos.





I kept every thing separate until the next day. I took them to work and then put them together. The chocolate did not quite come out the way I wanted it to but it tasted good. I melted semi-dark chocolate, some sugar and just a little water in the microwave. It just was not quite as shinny and smooth as I would have liked.






11 comments:

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

God bless Alton Brown. Nice cream puffs!

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

Engineer Baker said...

I bet the people at NICU appreciated those adorable puffs. What sort of flavor is applemint? I've only ever heard of chocolate mint.

Susie Homemaker said...

I need to get applemint...what a great post and a great job you did!

LyB said...

Apple Mint sounds great! Your puffs look perfect. :)

ostwestwind said...

Tacos and sour cream or crème fraîche are divine... Apple mint, next year I should plant some.

And at least: Nice crem puffs.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Shari said...

Apple mint sounds delicious! Wish I had some in my garden.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jules Someone said...

They turned out beautifully! I love Alton.

Christine said...

Beautiful cream puffs! Apple mint sounds delicious I need to get some of that!

Heather B said...

Great job! It looks delicious!

Jaime said...

how nice of you to bring them to the NICU :) they look great! and apple mint? i've never heard of it - how cool!

Dolores said...

I'm with Rebecca... Alton Brown and his merry band of culinary companions are my heroes. Great job with this week's assignment. I'm curious about the apple mint... does it hint at all at green apple flavor?