Abbiegrey, this one’s for you.

So, three years ago (yes, I’m that bad), I promised to post a recipe for cream puffs to the above person in a Ravelry group.  Oh, I just hope she’s okay with “better late than never”.  Here’s the recipe:

First, you make the dough known as pate de choux (or in English: choux paste).  You will need:

1 cup hot water

1/2 cup butter

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt.

Bring these four to a rolling boil.  Then add, all at one time:

1 cup sifted flour

Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a smooth ball.  Remove from heat.  Quickly beat in (using wooden spoon), one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition:

4 eggs

Continue beating until thick and smooth.  Dough may now be shaped and baked at once, or wrapped in waxed paper and stored overnight in the refrigerator.

To shape:

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.  Dough can also be squeezed through a pastry bag for eclairs, or dropped by rounded teaspoonfuls for mini cream puffs.

Bake at 450 degrees Farenheit for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees Farenheit and bake 5 minutes longer or until golden in color.  Fill as desired when cool.

Makes about 1 dozen large or 4 dozen mini cream puffs.  I’ve never done the eclairs but I would think you’d get about 2 dozen of those.

I originally made cream puffs for the feast of St. Joseph.  You can see the picture here.


Happy Feast of the Assumption

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that means . . .


Okay, it also means Mass.  And since it’s Wednesday, my weekly Adoration hour as well.

But, thanks to Family in Feast & Feria (look them up, they’re on WordPress.  I just don’t have the blog address handy), it will now & forever after mean cookies as well.  Jennifer posted in August of 2008 about how her grandmother always made Moravian Spice cookies for this feast day.  Somehow, I received an email that she had reblogged that post but when I went to find the post, it wasn’t there.


So I did a search, and still had a hard time finding the original post.  Went back to the email and tried again.  Success.

Very interesting that just about a month or so ago, I was asked to participate in a survey by some website or other.  As a thank you gift, I received an ebook with about 200+ cookie recipes.  Just cookie recipes.  Those of you who know me personally know that I despise baking, especially cookies.  It goes back to long, hot summer days spent in an un-air conditioned kitchen with my mother baking double & triple batches of cookies to keep our freezer stocked with sweets for drop in guests and my dad’s lunches.  Yes, we kids got to have cookies too.  Mom never skimped there, but the baking was not fun.

So, why did I participate in a survey when the “gift” wasn’t even something I would enjoy?  I don’t know.  All I do know is that I completed the survey, downloaded the ebook and printed only one of the 200+ recipes promising myself that at “sometime in the future” I would bake those cookies.

Which recipe did I print?  Why the one for Moravian Spice cookies of course.  Why that one?  Because the recipe said it would yield about 9 dozen cookies from one batch.  I figured even if I made my cookies bigger than they did, I should still be able to get about 6 dozen from a single, one batch baking.  After all, if I’m going to be miserable, I might as well get good mileage out of it.

I mixed the dough last night and asked Ditty to please bake them today, since I have to be at work.  We’ll get to try them at suppertime and if they’ve turned out well, we can bring them along to her youth group meeting after Mass tonight.

Wish us luck!

Pumpkin Bread

Just made two loaves of cider pumpkin bread.  Waiting for them to cool down before slicing into one.  Photo to be added later.

Don’t worry.  I took the photo while the loaves were still in the pan so you would get to see them.

Edited on 12-7-10 to add photo.

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