8.05.2013

Cherry Profiteroles


When I was in grade school, my dad used to buy these tubs of cream puffs from Sam's Club, which I would eat them for breakfast. I always ate them frozen (like eating cream puffs for breakfast wasn't bad enough), which gave the filling the consistency of ice cream. I may or may not have been aware of the fact that this was not how they're supposed to be served; but when we defrosted them, they inevitably became wet and soggy and I wasn't that into them.

Well, today I present the freshly baked version of those puffs, with a fun summery twist. The choux pastry is light and buttery, a perfect compliment to the cool creamy cherry pastry cream inside. These guys are cute, flavorful, and not soggy at all.


I should confess that these profiteroles were also supposed to be an ego-booster. I had botched another batch of macarons (yes, I'm still at it), and wanted to make something cute and fun. And I sure am glad those macarons didn't turn out right, because these puffs are amazing.


Speaking of cute and fun, I got this recipe from Raiza of Dulce Delight. She bakes all these stunning desserts and does really great and fun how-to videos of everything she makes.


Pâte à choux may seem intimidating when you're making it for the first time (if only because of the weird French accents), but it's actually surprisingly easy. You have to cook the dough twice, first on the stove-top and then in the oven. (I tried to skip the first step once...yeah, don't do that.)



And the filling. I could eat this filling with a spoon, it's so good. Sweet, fruity, creamy but not too heavy...and it definitely doesn't need to be frozen to taste good.



Make these, you guys. Even if you really like frozen cream puffs. Even if your macarons turn out perfect each time.

Enjoy!
Caroline

P.S. I'm joining the Aspiring Bakers #34 Choux Party hosted by Jasline of Foodie Baker! Check it out (:

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Cherry Profiteroles
Adapted from Dulce Delight
Yields 50 - 60 cream puffs


Ingredients
Pâte à choux
1 ¼ cup water
½ cup butter
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 to 5 eggs


Cherry Cream Filling
2 cups cherries, pitted  (raspberry or strawberries could be used as well)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 ¼ cup heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
¼ cup cornstarch


Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup cherries, pitted


Directions
For the choux:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the water, butter, and salt in a pot. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts. Take the pot off the stove.
  2. Add flour and stir the mixture vigorously until it comes together in a thick dough.
  3. Place the pot back on the stove over medium heat and cook it for another minute or so, stirring constantly, in order to dry out the dough.
  4. Take the pot off the heat, and whisk the dough for a minute or two.
  5. Whisking constantly, add 4 eggs one by one, mixing well after each one. The mixture should be smooth and shiny; if you scoop some batter out of the bowl, it should fall back into the bowl in a thick ribbon. If it is too thick, beat in the 5th egg.
  6. Pour the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch round tip. Pipe 1-inch circles onto the baking sheets.
  7. Wet your fingertip and flatten the peaks of the choux you just piped.
  8. Bake the choux for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F until they are a light brown, then lower the temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes with the oven door cracked.
  9. Let the choux cool while making the filling.


For the cherry cream filling
  1. Pulse the cherries and lemon juice in a food processor and strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve. Discard the pulp or reserve for another use.
  2. Place the cherry juice, ½ cup heavy cream, and whole milk in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it is just simmering.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the yolks are pale and fluffy. Whisk in the corn starch.
  4. Temper the egg yolks: slowly pour about ¾ cup of the cherry and cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly the whole time.
  5. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and allow the mixture to boil for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly the whole time.
  6. Take the cream off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate for at least an hour.
  7. Once the pastry cream is cool, whisk the remaining ¾ cup of heavy cream until it forms hard peaks. Fold the cherry mixture into the whipped cream.


For the Cherry Glaze
  1. With a fork, press the cherries through a fine mesh sieve until it yields about 2 tablespoons of juice.
  2. Mix the juice with the powdered sugar.


Assembly
  1. Using a chopstick or a small pastry tip, make a small hole in each profiterole.
  2. Spoon the cherry cream filling into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip, about ⅛-inch in diameter.
  3. Pipe the cream into the profiteroles.
  4. Dip the top of the profiteroles into the cherry glaze.
  5. Enjoy! These puffs are best served the day the are made.


16 comments:

  1. I love profiteroles! And I also may or may not have eaten the same packs of those frozen cream puffs for breakfast as a child... I really like the idea of making these cherry flavored and may have to try this soon! There's nothing like a homemade cream puff!

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    1. I know, Eva! Those cream puffs made a pretty good breakfast, haha. I'm so glad you like this cherry version!

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  2. OMG I love the cherry glaze on these! I used to eat frozen cream puffs all the time when I was little :)

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  3. Caroline, your Cherry Profiteroles are darling! They look so tasty, too, being cherry inside and out. I need to make these one day soon before summer is over. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy! I wish I had gotten to pick fresh cherries like you did (:

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  4. Caroline, you are really an amazing pastry chef! First those perfect macarons, and now these gorgeous profiteroles! The cherry flavor is just unique enough to make these extra special, while still remaining true to the classic pastry. These are really very impressive. I'm still trying to catch up to your mastery of macarons, but I hope to try these some time!

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    1. Aw, that is so sweet, Nora! I'm so glad you like them (:

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  5. this could make profiteroles the next cupcake!

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  6. These look wonderful! I have yet to try making macarons, they intimidate me!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I found macarons intimidating too, but they're definitely worth a try...and if they turn out wrong, you can make cream puffs instead (:

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  7. These look so delicious and amazing! I never thought I can make those wonderful things at home...
    It looks a bit time consuming, but I can't wait to make some and invite my friends for a party :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Maggie! If you decide to make them, I'd love to hear how they turn out.

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  8. I love profiteroles! Of course I've never tried making them myself because they seem quite difficult to perfect. Great job on yours, I am very impressed. :) And I love the addition of cherry!

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  9. Hi Caroline, your little pink profiteroles are so cherry and cute! Love the twist on using cherry filling!

    I am currently hosting a Choux Party event looking for foodies who blogged about choux recipes in Aug 2013. I hope you will join me in the Choux Party by submitting your post! Do read here for more details on how to participate in the event: http://www.foodiebaker.com/2013/08/aspiring-bakers-34-choux-party.html

    Have a great week ahead!

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