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!
Look at you! Ring and puffs! *cough overachiever cough* Great job! :)ReplyDelete
Clara @ I♥food4thought
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.ReplyDelete
I love the peppermint patties on top! And the banana cream sounds fab!ReplyDelete
You said it about the mint. I liked it too.ReplyDelete
looks awesome! mini peppermint patties--get outta here!!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you liked the mint, and mini peppermint patties sound inspired as toppers! Banana cream sounds like an awesome variation too.ReplyDelete
The mini mints were perfect on your ring! Great job! I definitely will try using the ziploc bag next time!ReplyDelete
Everything looks so fabulous!!! You did a great job!ReplyDelete
Great looking ring and puffs. I agree, the mint flavour was right. I was surprised!ReplyDelete
Ulrike from Küchenlatein
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!ReplyDelete
Banana whipped cream?! Wow. I need to try that.ReplyDelete
Your ring is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
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!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh! This was gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Oh banana cream! Lovely!ReplyDelete
ohhhh. Banana cream! Love it! Great job!ReplyDelete
ohhh!! great job there! looks absolutely fantastic!ReplyDelete
The mini peppermint patties are a FABULOUS addition...YUM!!!!ReplyDelete
Love the idea of the peppermint patties, I love those! Your ring looks perfect!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Love all the pictures!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Your ring looks wonderful! I love how you added the peppermint patties on top- what a delicious addition. The banana cream sounds amazing too!ReplyDelete
beautiful ring! i love the peppermint patties on top! too cute!ReplyDelete
Lovely! And banana whipped cream in a cream puff–awesome idea.ReplyDelete
There is nothing like a cream puff to elevate a normal Monday night into something fabulous!ReplyDelete
WOWZA! Your ring looks fantastic and so gorgeously edible! I Love the mini peppermint patties! Well done you!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Banana whipped cream filling sounds absolutely delicious! I love how billowy your cream looks!ReplyDelete
Shari@Whisk: a food blog
Lovely pics! It looks so good!ReplyDelete
Your ring looks amazing, so perfect!ReplyDelete
Yours is so pretty!!! I love the ideas for the variations!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous!! And thanks for the banana cream idea.ReplyDelete
I liked the idea of adding the mini york peppermint patties. Looks tasty :)ReplyDelete
Yours looks perfect, I love the idea of the York peppermint patties. Very creative!ReplyDelete
Yummy Anne, you did a fabulous job! The banana cream puffs sound divine, too!ReplyDelete
The mini peppermint patties are super cute, and I LOVE the idea of banana cream-stuffed puffs. :)ReplyDelete
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! AngelaReplyDelete