Drink all the wine. Eat all the food. A simple weekend mission with my college squad of ladies on a much needed vacation to Sonoma Valley this weekend! This is my first trip to California and I'm smitten! The greenery, the food, the wine, the sights, and cuteness is overwhelmingly lovely! I may not come home. Ever.
Cream puffs are straight from the memory bank. Going to Sanders with my grandma and mom and recreating cream puffs at home was one of my earliest baking triumphs! Nostalgia on a plate. Here they are recreated with pistachio ice cream and warm ganache. Do not let the long directions discourage you, cream puffs are easy to make and totally impressive! Not only that, they are delicious in flavor and high on texture. Make them!!
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Yield - 10 cream puffs
Pate a Choux
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
1 cup chocolate chips
2 pints ice cream
sprinkles, nuts, cacoa nibs for garnish
Pate a choux - Preheat the oven to 425 ˚F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
Add the water, butter, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it has boiled remove from the heat and add the flour, stirring vigorously.
Return the pan to the heat and stir until the mixture is glossy and pulls from the pan. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Add to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat for 1 minute on low speed. Add eggs one at a time beating for a minute in between. Scrape the bowl as needed. Beat for two more minutes.
Use a standard ice cream scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheets.
Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 ˚F to bake for another 20 minutes. The cream puffs should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on.
Turn off the oven and place a small slit in each cream puff. Return to the oven for 5 minutes to allow the steam to escape. Place a wire rack to cool completely.
Ganache - Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it is scalding. Pour over the chocolate chips in a small bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
To serve - Cut the cream puff in half and add a scoop of ice cream. Pour ganache over the top and sprinkle with a garnish of your choice.