Tuesdays With Dorie – Chocolate Creme Puff Ring

by Jessica on June 17, 2008

First things first, I beg of you… please forgive my picture. 🙂

This week, Caroline of A Consuming Passion chose Dorie’s Peppermint Creme Puff Ring. After reading all the problems and fixes on the TWD board, I figured I had all the information I needed to get a ring just like the picture in Dorie’s book. If everyone else can do it, so could I, right? My first problem occurred when the pastry bag busted and all the dough started oozing out. Luckily, I was quick and got it into another bag with little waste. After that, Amy called and while I was talking to her, I smelled something burning. Why, after only 10 minutes, the ring started burning at 425 degrees is beyond me. Amy suggested covering it with foil and I know that’s what saved it… sort of. I followed the directions and lowered the temp after the first 15 minutes. After the next 20-25 minutes, I turned the oven off and left it in for another 5 minutes, like a few people suggested on the board. I also decided to go with the chocolate pastry creme (my favorite!) instead of the peppermint…

Creme Puff Ring

And there you have it… it’s fallen, flat and ugly as sin, but it sure tastes yummy! Especially, the chocolate creme. I could eat that and that alone, all day long. 🙂

My mom said, “This is a major complement to you… it tastes like something I’d get in Europe.” “WOW!!,” I thought. I started getting really excited… until I realized that this IS something you’d get in Europe. Duh, it’s pâte à choux, Paris Brest… famously made IN Paris! I figured Mom was just tired. It was 8am, after all. 🙂

Peppermint Creme Puff Ring (pg. 290) & Chocolate Pastry Creme (pg. 450)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amanda June 17, 2008 at 7:21 am

The chocolate cream looks amazing!

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2 Ulrike aka ostwestwind June 17, 2008 at 7:23 am

In Germany we call this “wind bags”, 🙂 and yes it tasted European … Great looking puffs

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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3 Caitlin June 17, 2008 at 7:28 am

I don’t know what you’re talking about – it looks fabulous and delicious 🙂

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4 Susan June 17, 2008 at 10:49 am

yum – chocolate heaven! give yourself some credit…i think it looks great!

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5 Amy (Sing for your supper) June 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

Well, even if it did get a little crispy, it still looks delicious!! That chocolate cream looks like heaven!! I’m so upset – I didn’t ever get around to making mine. 🙁 So I’m going to do it next week instead of the berry cobbler! I want those cream puffs, dang it!! 😉

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6 Dianne June 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

Your chocolate cream looks fabulous! I like that idea!

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7 LyB June 17, 2008 at 11:47 am

Now I’m definitely going to have to try the chocolate pastry cream, it looks delicious!

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8 Erin June 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Pictures are pretty-don’t be silly! They look absolutely delicious and chocolatey irresistible!

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9 Rebecca June 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Dorie’s chocolate pastry cream is so good. Gimme that. 😉

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10 Shari@Whisk: a food blog June 18, 2008 at 11:32 am

The chocolate cream looks delicious!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

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11 Christine June 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Check out my flat puff. Your chocolate cream looks delicious!

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12 Heather B June 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm

I had the same problem with my bag busting! Your puff looks delicious! Love the chocolate pasty cream!

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13 Jules June 19, 2008 at 8:36 am

The chocolate cream looks heavenly. And the puff looks pretty good!

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14 Jaime June 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

great job! i enjoyed the chocolate pastry cream too 🙂

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15 Barbara June 21, 2008 at 10:29 pm

That looks delicious and not the least bit ugly to me!

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16 Dolores June 22, 2008 at 1:58 am

I think “ugly as sin” is a little harsh… it looks rather like a chocolate sandwich. A French chocolate sandwich. Great job.

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17 jj June 22, 2008 at 8:29 am

That tea does sound SO good! Love the addition of some ginger ale…a must try, thank you!

(13 bridesmaids? WoW!)

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18 JacqueOH June 22, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Doesn’t look ugly to me… it looks quite yummy!

I might have to try that chocolate pastry cream. It looks fantastic!

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