Cream Puffs with Caramel Whipped Cream + A Virtual Family Bites Baby Shower

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Jan, from Family Bites is having a baby and we are celebrating food blogger style!

It is events like this that makes me love being a part of a Foodie community.  A group of talented writers, photographers and cooks coming together in such a way that all can celebrate a joyous moment in one of our fellow colleagues life.  There is no worries about not being available to attend or weather patterns that threaten to ruin the occasion.  And yet the surprise is even greater, in our virtual world as the day opens up and more and more congratulations are delivered to our friend.

You may remember me talking about the fabulous Jan during a post I wrote for the release of her new cookbook Gatherings in which she is a co-writer.  It was her simple to follow recipe for Cheese puffs that have made me an overly confident choux pastry master.  So of course the best treat I can bring to her virtual baby shower is my sweet variation, Cream Puffs with Caramel Whipped Cream and Chocolate Pretzel Top.  While they take a little bit time creating all the different components they come together beautifully in time for any party.  And while there ain’t no party like a food blogger party they will still be a sure fire hit.

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Cream Puffs with Caramel Whipped Cream
Don't try to do everything at the same time. Make the puffs, and while they are cooling make the caramel cream. Finally melt the chocolate and assemble.
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Serves: 24-36
Ingredients
  • For the Choux Pastry
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • For the Caramel Whipped Cream
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ cup whipping cream, divided
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • For Assembly
  • 1 cup baking chocolate
  • ½ cup pretzels, crumbled
Instructions
  1. To make the Choux
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat the water, milk, butter, sugar and salt until it becomes a rolling boil.
  3. Add the flour and stir constantly until dough forms a ball and becomes smooth and glossy.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
  6. Once the dough is cool add it to the bowl of a stand mixer ( or you can do this by hand).
  7. Give it a few stirs to release the heat in the middle and then on low beat in each egg, one at a time until dough is smooth yet sticky. It should be stiff enough to stand but also soft enough to spread.
  8. Using a cookie scoop, place balls of dough onto prepared pans, smoothing edges with fingers if needed.
  9. Bake until golden and hollow sounding when tapped 25-35. Let cool.
  10. To make the Caramel Whipped cream.
  11. In a saucepan over medium heat melt the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon until it begins to turn a brown colour. Add the butter. (Careful it will bubble)
  12. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup of the cream and the salt. Keep stirring until it is smooth. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes, stirring it often to release the heat. You want it to be finger cool before proceeding.
  13. In a large bowl of your mixer whip 1 cup of the whipping cream until stiff peaks are formed. Pour in the caramel ¼ at a time, re-whipping the cream until stiff. Keep adding the caramel until the whipped cream is flavoured the way you prefer.
  14. For assembly:
  15. Melt the baking chocolate in a small bowl over a pot of boiling water. This will slowly melt and prevent seizing.
  16. Slice the puffs in half. Top the bottom half with whipped cream.
  17. Dip the top half in the chocolate, shaking off any excess and place on the bottom half of the puff.
  18. Sprinkle with pretzel crumbs.
  19. If not serving right away these puffs can be stored in the freezer in an air tight container.

There is a whole gaggle of us celebrating Jan’s wonderful new addition to her family.  Make sure you check them all out.

Mardi from eat. live. travel. write made Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons

Julie from Dinner with Julie made Lemon Scones

Isabelle from Crumb: A Food Blog made Blackberry Meringue Bars

Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers made Baby Blueberry Beignets

Christina from Strawberries For Supper made Chocolate Madeleines

Aimée from Simple Bites made Roasted Turnip Hummus

Jenny from The Brunette Baker made Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction made mini-cupcakes

Carole from The Yum Yum Factor made Beet and Blue Cheese Canapes

Charmian from The Messy Baker made Piglet Muffins

Amy from Family Feedbag made Marmalade Cake

Brittany from My Daily Randomness made Caramel + Pumpkin Parfait

Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made Carrot Apple Loaf

Louisa from Living Lou made Maple Walnut Cookies

Libby from Libby Roach Photography made Butter Baked Good’s Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie

Robyn from Planet Byn made Milk & Cookies Shooters

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Comments

  1. Choux pastry is my absolute favourite thing at the moment – it’s so versatile for either savoury or sweet treats. I LOVE the look of these Heather and hey, look at you rock them like a pro!

  2. I’m having company for dinner tonight and I HAVE to make these for dessert. Wish me luck on my first attempt at choux pastry since Home Ec!

  3. I’m a big fan of choux pastry and could eat a whole plate of these myself. Love that you’ve got chocolate, caramel AND crunch with these.

  4. Holy crap Tasty G, these look so freaking good. I’ve never made cream puffs before either! WANT!!!

  5. Yes! Just yes. This is turning out to be the BEST baby shower I’ve ever eaten at.

  6. I’ve made choux in the past, even though I’m so not a pastry maker, but the caramel whipped cream is whispering in my ear dangerously. Do you use anywhere else? Thx for the inspiration.

  7. These look awesome. time to get out my wooden spoon.

  8. Love the combination of flavours you’ve used here, Heather. Pretzels and chocolate is my personal kryptonite, so I guess it’s a good thing this shower is virtual… otherwise, I’d probably have inhaled the entire plate while everyone wasn’t looking. :)

  9. If there’s one sweet I can’t resist it’s cream puffs. Yours looks so beautiful. Love the pretzels :)

  10. Thank you SO much for these. They look absolutely perfect and I have a feeling I’ll be whipping up a batch myself later this week if the baby decides to take his time making his debut. I’m so happy to know that our booked helped you conquer choux… but based on these I have no doubt you would’ve mastered it on your own anyway. Thanks again for coming to the shower. It’s definitely the most delicious one I’ve been to! xo

  11. These look SO amazing Heather! These are my favourite flavours all rolled into my favourite dessert.

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  13. These look lovely Heather! You literally cannot go wrong with chocolate and pretzels! My favourite!

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