Tuesday, June 17, 2008

TWD- Peppermint Cream Puff Ring

Wow, can I tell you how excited I was to make this treat? Yesterday was my cousins 30th birthday so I volunteered to make it for the party. We had to postpone the party, though I had already made this, so we ended up eating this extraordinary dessert on a normal, Monday night.

I've made cream puffs before (see post below) so I was excited to try a new shape and new technique (my other recipe doesn't use a mixer). I loved making the ring and even had extra to make some cream puffs so it was the best of both worlds.

Last week I saw Alton Brown's Good Eats episode featuring Pate a Choux and followed his advise and just used a gallon baggie to pipe out the dough. I didn't even use a tip, since I didn't have a plain one big enough. It worked out great and required zero clean up!

I thought the flavor of the mint was perfect- subtle, refreshing, and light. I decorated the top of my cream puff ring with mini York Peppermint Patties. They were a nice little addition flavor wise and super cute. One of my favorite things about this dessert was how over-the-top it looked, while still tasting kind of homey and simple.

I also made a banana whipped cream filling for the cream puffs and decided to drop them off for Spencer for a little birthday treat (he loves Banana cream pie).

I whipped 1/2 cup of cream, added a little powdered sugar, some vanilla, and one ripe, mushed banana to make the banana whipped cream. Then, I piped in the cream with a small star tip fitted to a pastry bag and dipped the cream puffs in the rest of the chocolate glaze. A little dusting of powdered sugar and they were beautiful! I hope he liked them!

Thanks to Caroline for choosing such a fun and tasty recipe. The recipe can be found on her blog or at Epicurious. Next week's recipe is Mixed Berry Cobbler- I can't wait!

37 comments:

CB said...

Look at you! Ring and puffs! *cough overachiever cough* Great job! :)
Clara @ I♥food4thought

jesstyler said...

this might be *the* recipe that gets me to join Tuesdays with Dorie ... OK, who am I kidding, I have no time, but oh.my.god. does that look good.

The Food Librarian said...

I love the peppermint patties on top! And the banana cream sounds fab!

rainbowbrown said...

You said it about the mint. I liked it too.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks awesome! mini peppermint patties--get outta here!!

Engineer Baker said...

I'm glad you liked the mint, and mini peppermint patties sound inspired as toppers! Banana cream sounds like an awesome variation too.

chrismacd1 said...

The mini mints were perfect on your ring! Great job! I definitely will try using the ziploc bag next time!

Heather said...

Everything looks so fabulous!!! You did a great job!

ostwestwind said...

Great looking ring and puffs. I agree, the mint flavour was right. I was surprised!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Susie Homemaker said...

I love it with the PPatties on top! I thought it tasted just like PPs! Also, I love what you are doing with the Polaroid type photos - too cool!

likesprinkles said...

Banana whipped cream?! Wow. I need to try that.

Your ring is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Prudy said...

Anne-what a tremendously good job you've done. I love the mini peppermint patties on top. I love chocolate and peppermint. Your puffs below are pretty too-and I saw that salad on PW, too. I want some!

Jules Someone said...

Oh my gosh! This was gorgeous!

Dianne's Dishes said...

Oh banana cream! Lovely!

Heather said...

ohhhh. Banana cream! Love it! Great job!

SiHaN said...

ohhh!! great job there! looks absolutely fantastic!

Annemarie said...

The mini peppermint patties are a FABULOUS addition...YUM!!!!

LyB said...

Love the idea of the peppermint patties, I love those! Your ring looks perfect!

PheMom said...

Beautiful! Love all the pictures!

Di said...

Awesome job on the ring--it looks fabulous! I was going to make the ring until my house guests left early, so I ended up with only individual puffs.

Erin said...

Your ring looks wonderful! I love how you added the peppermint patties on top- what a delicious addition. The banana cream sounds amazing too!

Jaime said...

beautiful ring! i love the peppermint patties on top! too cute!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Lovely! And banana whipped cream in a cream puff–awesome idea.

Carol Peterman said...

There is nothing like a cream puff to elevate a normal Monday night into something fabulous!

Marie said...

WOWZA! Your ring looks fantastic and so gorgeously edible! I Love the mini peppermint patties! Well done you!

Pamela said...

Wow! I feel lazy now that I've read about your beautiful ring and the other puffs you made. :) Love the peppermint patties on top. And the banana cream sounds absolutely delicious.

Lisa Thibault said...

This looks so delicious! I love the idea of the banana cream as well - I'm definately going to have to give that a go.

Shari said...

Banana whipped cream filling sounds absolutely delicious! I love how billowy your cream looks!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Mary Ann said...

Lovely pics! It looks so good!

Amy said...

Your ring looks amazing, so perfect!

Tara said...

Yours is so pretty!!! I love the ideas for the variations!

Barbara A. said...

Gorgeous!! And thanks for the banana cream idea.

Rigby said...

I liked the idea of adding the mini york peppermint patties. Looks tasty :)

Natashya said...

Yours looks perfect, I love the idea of the York peppermint patties. Very creative!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yummy Anne, you did a fabulous job! The banana cream puffs sound divine, too!

Dolores said...

The mini peppermint patties are super cute, and I LOVE the idea of banana cream-stuffed puffs. :)

Angela Henrie said...

I am definately going to try to make this. I saw it on Anna's blog...I didn't know you were such the cook! Angela