TWD #17 The puffiest puff that ever puffed

June 17, 2008 at 4:02 pm 33 comments

Where did this week go??

I am such a procrastinator. I knew what the recipe was a week ago but to be honest. I didn’t actually look at the recipe in the book until Monday afternoon.

I was a little nervous skimming the recipe esp when Dorie starts writing about French-inspired pastries. Most of the time I can barely pronounce the word(s) much less bake them! I assumed making the pâte à choux would be the hardest part. (Choux is pronounced “shoo”, right?) I decided since its just me and T, I halved the recipe and made about 15 individual cream puffs. Who doesn’t love individual servings right? I am kinda selfish that way. I don’t wanna share my desserts with anyone.

But of course procrastination leads to missing a few key ingredients. Mint is kind of important when the recipe is called Peppermint Cream Puff Ring. Oops!

I like peppermint… in small doses and usually during the holidays. Weird I know. But to me nothing says Christmas like peppermint. Don’t you agree? Seeing as its summer and I am not feeling the holiday spirit just yet along with the fact that my lazy bum didn’t want to go to the grocery store, I decided to change up this week’s TWD challenge.

I ditched the mint for some vanilla bean. Therefore I dub my adaptation:

Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs

Can you see the vanilla bean specks in the whipped cream? I ♥ vanilla beans.

What I learned this week:
Sometimes it takes more than one try to get a recipe right. Its better to try and learn from my mistakes than give up and never know.

You can find the recipe with this week’s TWD host, Caroline @ A Consuming Passion or .

Enough formalities. Let’s git to baking!

First things first. The dough!

Milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to boil

After I added the flour, I fitted my pastry bag with a 1/2″ round tip and happily piped cute little swirls onto the baking pan.

I have to admit I was surprised at how thick and sticky the dough was and I honestly thought I had done something wrong! HAHA! But to my surprise they came out beautiful and golden brown. Since I made puffs, instead of the ring, I baked at 425F for 15 minutes and then 375F for 10 minutes. Then I turned off the oven, propped the oven door open and let cool for about 30 minutes.

I mentioned in my previous TWD#17 pre-post that my original attempt at the whipped cream died a horrible death. I was cocky enough to think that after 17 TWD baking challenges, I could handle a measly whipped cream! Uh… guess again. My first attempt left me with whipped cream soup, unpipeable and scratching my head. But 2nd times the charm right? I decided to leave out the sour cream addition and cross my fingers.

Steeping time

Four hours later (1 hour to steep and 3 hours to chill in the frig), it was time to strain.

See how perfect I am? Exactly 1-1/3 cup! HAHA

Now for the moment of truth… I know you are holding your breathe too right?


I am not sure if the first time I didn’t have a light enough touch when folding in the sour cream but this time I wasn’t taking any chances. No sour cream for you! I proceeded to do a little jig simultaneous with the running man in my kitchen before going onto the next step.

Next I gleefully filled my pastry bag and used my favorite 1M star tip to put some vanilla bean whipped cream on each puff. Aren’t they purdy??

And one more picture of my puffs b/c I love them so much.


Husband rating: A+
He ate more than 1/2 of them and keeps bugging me to make more. I think thats a good review!

Wifey rating: A+
I am totally smitten with this recipe. I love the vanilla bean whipped cream and I didn’t need the chocolate *gasp* b/c I didn’t want to take away from the vanilla bean flavor.

Check out the Tuesdays w/ Dorie blogroll on the side menu bar for more cream puffs!

Next week: Mixed Berry Cobbler pages 416-417


Just a little note to my fellow TWDers. I am going on vacay June 22-July 1 and my BIL is getting married July 5th so I will probably be unable to participate in the next 2 Tuesdays with Dorie challenges.

I’ll catch up with you all when I get back though! Happy baking!


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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caitlin  |  June 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Hehe – love the title. And I love individual servings too, especially when they’re just too cute for words.

  • 2. Heather B  |  June 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    vanilla bean whipped cream….oh my! Give me somma that! Great job! They look delicious!

  • 3. Susan  |  June 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    where are the pics and why are they empty boxes with red x’s ?? oh well…and how can you go on vacay? I come to your blog too often for you to ditch me that long! have fun though!

  • 4. LyB  |  June 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I want vanilla bean whipped cream! So beautiful those little specks, beautiful! A+ indeed! :)

  • 5. Annemarie  |  June 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    The vanilla bean sounds heavenly!

  • 6. Di  |  June 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    The vanilla bean whipped cream looks fabulous! And I *heart* the 1M star tip, too. Enjoy your vacation!

  • 7. Erin  |  June 17, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    The vanilla cream looks delicious! Peppermint definitely says Christmas to me too, but I’ve been craving it this week, so I didn’t mind! Your puffs are so cute!

  • 8. foodlibrarian  |  June 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Your puffs are too cute. Thanks for the detailed play-by-play. Have a fun vacation!

  • 9. rainbowbrown  |  June 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Oh, I can see the vanilla beans and I am enamored. Yummy.

  • 10. Barbara A.  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Suddenly I have a vanilla craving…mmm…mmm…

    Have a great vacation!

  • 11. Jules  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    You should have done a big jig. Beautiful!

  • 12. AnneStrawberry  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Yum! Vanilla bean sounds amazing. Great job and have an awesome vacation!

  • 13. amanda  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh drool, vanilla bean sounds SO much better than peppermint. They look beautiful!

  • 14. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    you got it spot-on the second time around–yum!! happy vacay!

  • 15. Rebecca  |  June 17, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    That vanilla bean whipped cream looks so much better than Dorie’s pastry cream on these. Oh, the jealousy! ;)

  • 16. Mara  |  June 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    You are so cute with your little vacation note, I wanna go on vacation. Jealous!! But your puffs look divine. I skipped out this week but I didn’t rest on my laurels…I made many goodies this wkd, just none of them puff rings. ;)

  • 17. Marie  |  June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Yumm!!! Your puffs look so good! My ring deflated and the birds got a real treat. I hope you have a lovely vacation!

  • 18. Dolores  |  June 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Not sure *where* the week went, but if you find it, please return Thursday and Friday to me. :) Glad you ultimately found a winner in this one.

  • 19. kim  |  June 17, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    yum! they do look delicious! :) vanilla sounds great to me :)
    enjoy your break!

  • 20. Jayne  |  June 18, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Beautiful job! And great process photos!

  • 21. Laura  |  June 18, 2008 at 4:48 am

    I don’t think that I have ever seen homemade creampuffs look this nice. Well done!

  • 22. Tara  |  June 18, 2008 at 4:48 am

    mmmm..vanilla bean whipped cream…that looks a lot better and lighter than the pastry cream I used!

  • 23. Jenny  |  June 18, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Looks good, and I love the flecks of vanilla bean in the whipped cream.

  • 24. Shari@Whisk: a food blog  |  June 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Love the vanilla bean and the cream looks PERFECT! Have a great vacation!

  • 25. Heather Peskin  |  June 18, 2008 at 11:01 am

    The cream has a perfect consistency and the puffs are nice and crisp. Good for you for giving the cream a second try – it was worth it.

  • 26. Michelle  |  June 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    That looks so delish! I wish I could find vanilla beans around here. :-(

  • 27. CB  |  June 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    MICHELLE, I ordered mine from ebay! seller=organic-vanilla. I got about 25 vanilla bean for $12!

  • 28. Holly @ PheMOMenon  |  June 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I think those are the prettiest little puffs I’ve ever seen!

    Have a great time on vacation!

  • 29. Christine  |  June 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Have a great vacation! Vanilla bean whipped cream yum! Great job!

  • 30. Rachel  |  June 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    great job! I saw them before the pictures disappeared.:) have a fab time. smooches to NB for me.

  • 31. JacqueOH  |  June 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Way to persevere! Your puffs are perfect.

    (I would leave the sour cream out next time too, I actually didn’t like the taste it lent to the puffs.)

  • 32. Jaime  |  June 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    yay for pics! i came yesterday but could not see anything! your cream puffs are beautiful and i adore the vanilla specks! :)

  • 33. Mari  |  June 22, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I’m so jealous of your vanilla cream! Mine was a disaster! Will try again and I’ll make sure to check back here for tips!

    Have a great vay-cay!


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