Sunday, 22 July 2007
Profiteroles - or lets just call them Cream Puffs!
I've always wondered what the difference is between Profiteroles and Cream Puffs. When I was growing up, I had only ever heard of Cream Puffs. As I started to take an interest in baking and looking at recipes, I discovered this thing called Profiteroles. Even when I went out to swanky restaurants, they always served Profiteroles and never Cream Puffs.
Anyway, I've learnt since then that Profiteroles and Cream Puffs are really the same thing. Its just a way of making Cream Puffs seem rather fancy eh!
After my success a few weeks ago with Choux Pastry - where I made eclairs - I thought I'd try making Cream Puffs. After all there was some cream in the fridge that needed to be used up and I wanted to make something for the kids too.
Rather than just split the puffs and fill it with cream, I made chocolate cream or chocolate ganache (see the way everything has a way of sounding fancy....??!!!!) I piped the cream into the puffs so you couldn't see it but when you bit into it, chocolatey goodness filled your senses.
Needless to say, the kids loved it and I also went one step further and freezed a few of the puffs after filling them with the ganache. The result? A Chocolate Ice-Cream like cream puff.... really delicious and fancy - just like a profiterole should be!