TWD: Is it Tuesday already?

This week the choice was given over to Caroline, of A Consuming Passion. Her choice was the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring, found on pages 290-292.

I admit, this didn't appeal much to me. It looks pretty, and I'm sure it tastes great, but I just was not in the mood for the peppermint, and that is all I could think of when I saw it. I quietly pouted about it for a short time, then remembered something important.

This is TWD, not the Daring Bakers, and I am ALLOWED to make changes to the recipe! Woot! The Cream Puff Ring was on!

Introducing the "Do it yourself Cream Puff Tray!"


Instead of making one giant ring, I made a bunch of little ones. And then I made a bunch of mini cream puff "fingers", which I personally think looked alot better than the rings. It could be because I used different ovens for them though, so I will have to go back and try this again sometime, for comparisons sake. I'm sure you understand. It is purely for comparison and not because cream puffs are yummy and easy to make.

Oh yes, these are both yummy and easy to make. Guess I forgot to mention that. Filled with whipped cream and a choice of chocolate ganaches, mint (because I felt the mint had to be there somewhere), dark and milk chocolate, everyone got exactly what they wanted. Even if what they wanted was a cream puff with only whipped cream.

Personally, I wanted the milk chocolate. I like milk chocolate.

I made and served these as part of a family Father's Day dinner, so there were lots of people to share in the cream puff tray, and surprisingly, even a few left over.

Even though the mint did not appeal, and I basically skipped that part of the recipe, this recipe is a keeper. For the cream puffs at least, which I will make again. So thanks for bringing it to my attention Caroline!

Next week we get to make mixed berry cobbler, which is perfect as I have plenty of berries that need a home.

21 comments:

slush said...

I loooove the do it yourself cream puff bar! Genius!

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! What a wonderful idea!!

Susie Homemaker said...

what a great idea...do-it-yourself fillings! I may steal that idea and use it at one of our parties! thanks!

Jaime said...

love your cream puff tray! the chocolate sauce looks so delicious

LyB said...

I love the idea of a "make it yourself" cream puff tray, so creative!

Rebecca said...

A cream puff tray! What a cool idea. Your mini rings look so nice and puffy. Mine looked like anorexic doughnuts. ;)

likesprinkles said...

What a great idea! Everything looks delicious!

Megan said...

You are so funny - a recipe can make you sad then happy in the blink of an eye! I skipped the mint as well, but that's a whole different story!!

What a great idea to make a "do-it-yourself" tray!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

hey--i like the self-serve concept!

Dolores said...

I love your do it yourself approach to this week's challenge... the mini rings are genius. Great job!

Engineer Baker said...

The mini cream puff fingers were my favorite too - and do-it-yourself is inspired!

Di said...

Neat idea. I like the mini rings--when I first glanced at the top picture, I thought they were doughnuts. =)

Prudy said...

Fabulous party idea! I want some now!

ostwestwind said...

I like the idea of do-it-yourself-fillings. The last picture looks inviting.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Jules Someone said...

These are just gorgous! Mmmmmm.

CB said...

That is so freaking adorable - Make your own cream puff! I think you just inspired my next party idea! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

PheMom said...

What a fun idea! Great thinking - they look great!

Amy said...

Great idea, a cream puff bar! I may have to steal the idea. Your rings and "fingers" look great!

Rigby said...

I love the "do it yourself" cream puff tray! What an awesome idea :) Your cream puff fingers are also a cool idea!

Peabody said...

Yeah, I am all about a cream puff tray!

accidental accountant said...

What a great idea! That would have been preferable to the single big ring (which collapsed) to take to work.