Monday, August 27, 2012

Daring Bakers, August: Filled Pate a Choux



Kat of The Bobwhites was our August 2012 Daring Baker hostess who inspired us to have fun in creating pate a choux shapes, filled with crème patisserie or Chantilly cream. We were encouraged to create swans or any shape we wanted and to go crazy with filling flavors allowing our creativity to go wild!

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans
I have made many a pate a choux project, and many a filled swan. They aren't as elegant as I could've made them, but here they are!

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans

Notes:
-This recipe made some really wet choux paste, so I cooked and stirred like crazy when the dough was in the pot, before adding the eggs. If the dough doesn't ball up, it's still to wet.

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans
The necks all baked up and cooling on a cookie sheet.

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans
I baked the puffs for over 15 minutes until they were golden brown so they wouldn't deflate, then I pierced them with a thin paring knife--the swans I pierced down the middle of the top where I'd be slicing the puff for the wings, and each puffs I pierced in their sides and baked them for about 5 more minutes, then turned the oven off, propped the oven door open, and let them sit in there for about another 10 minutes to ensure they were completely dried.

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans
All golden, crispy, and ready to fill! For the puffs, I just jammed a piping tip into the whole I'd made with the paring knife and filled it with chocolate pastry cream.

Daring Bakers August: Filled pate a choux swans

Check out my fellow DBers' filled choux!

3 comments:

Kim said...

Nicely done. Your stepdaughter in the DB forums post looks cute filling the choux. Looks like you guys had a great time!

What's for dessert? said...

Great job on the challenge

Renata said...

Great job on the challenge, looks like you had a great time with your stepdaughter. Maybe she could join us for the next challenges :)