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Fancy-Schmancy Cream Puffs
Pursuant to this discussion over here, I have made cream puffs. I have made damned complicated cream puffs, which is, I think, missing the point of cream puffs a bit. But they are tasty.

Layer 1: Pastry from this recipe, which was lovely and simple and worked perfectly.
Layer 2: Pastry cream brooksmoses made from the Joy of Cooking recipe. This would have been a better layer if we'd had enough eggs to make a whole batch instead of a half-batch (it got spread pretty thin).
Layer 3: Thinly sliced strawberries from our farm box.
Layer 4: Freshly whipped cream with a bit of sugar and some mint extract (we were going to use mint from the farm box, but when we tried to extract it in vodka it got this weird grassy taste, so we used regular peppermint extract instead).
Layer 5: More pastry.

I believe I will go have another.

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Pics or it didn't happen. ;-)

Sounds lovely. I usually just fill them with lightly sweetened whipped cream. Maybe I'll try a pastry cream next time. Was it difficult to make?

Not at all difficult, though I think halving the recipe did weird things to the proportions or something. Basically, it's a paste made of egg yolks, cornstarch, flour, and sugar, mixed into warm milk and simmered until it thickens. And then chilled. It's pretty much a thick basic cornstarch pudding with egg yolks in it.

Speaking of which, pudding would probably also have worked well in the puffs.

Chocolate pudding.

Gee, I seem to have developed plans.

Pics or it didn't happen.

I'll take some next time? They were only here so briefly....

I am extremely amused by the life that post wound up taking on. :)

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