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!