TWD: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring

Cream puffs were a pretty big hit here in the US a few years back. The “cream puff-only shop” that Dorie mentions is the Japanese chain “Beard Papa’s”. It was very very popular when it first arrived. But now it’s just another dessert shop trying to compete against the likes of PinkBerry.

I liked the idea of making a minty cream filling. Luckily living in Southern California affords me the luxury of having fresh fruits and produce all year round. My local farmer’s market has some really fresh and fragrant mint leaves. They made for a super minty pastry cream.

Mint infused Cream

The pastry dough or Pate a choux was fun to make. I like making dough using only my hands and conventional old-fashioned tools. It makes me feel more in touch with the food. I also think that it’s good preparation in case you need to whip something up at a moments notice without any equipment nearby.

Pate a choux or cream puff pastry

Cream puff pastry wheel

Baked cream puff pastry wheel

After baking the pate a choux wheel, I didn’t want to assemble the dessert right away so I froze the dough. I think the dough sunk slightly after it cooled. Cutting the top section off was a little tricky, but luckily my serrated knife came to my rescue and all was ok.

Once the pastry was filled with cream, I topped it off with chocolate glaze and some toasted almonds.

I had some leftover pate a choux so I piped some cream puffs for fun.

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22 responses to “TWD: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring

  1. Very pretty – just like in the book. I love the process photos.

  2. Wow! Looks fabulous!

  3. What a great looking ring, and you had enough dough for puffs! Congrats

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  4. Your cream puff looks perfect and delicious. Great work!

  5. Oh wow that looks so nice and golden! I love your site…great job1

  6. This turned out beautifully. It looks so toasty and golden.

  7. Your puff looks fabulous! So flaky!

  8. Your rings looks wonderful! Love the pictures!

  9. Oh how lovely. Awesome job.

  10. Very beautiful…the patience you have for lining up all those little nuts along the top…I was afraid everything would melt so I just tossed them on and thought “good enough.” Yours is very lovely.

  11. Great job! Your ring looks perfect!

  12. Your ring looks delicious!

  13. Nice job! I’m jealous of your farmer’s markets…

  14. What a great looking ring! Beautiful!

  15. wow, your ring looks so professional, just like the pic in the book!

  16. Oh, that’s cookbook-worthy.

  17. Your ring was everything it should be-shiny, high, impeccably round. Very professional!

  18. Fantastic – it looks like its fresh from a gourmet pastry shop!

  19. Your pastry turned out beautifully!

  20. It looks wonderful!! I had to miss out on last weeks’ TWD recipe and looking at your pictures makes me so sorry I did!! I think I’ll try them this week! 🙂 Great job – your ring looks just like Dorie’s!!

  21. Lovely! I started out trying to mix the eggs the dough by hand, but gave up and pulled out the mixer. Good for you for persisting!

  22. Your ring is picture perfect… just like depicted in the book. Great job!

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