Don’t be haten’…

If you are old like me you probably remember the “Don’t hate me because I am beautiful” campaign for some shampoo I can’t remember the name of(great advertising, eh?). The actress/model Kelly LeBrock said those somewhat famous words. Someone’s beauty doesn’t make me hate them. It takes a lot for me to be a hater. Now, if they are beautiful, can eat what ever they want(without going and throwing up it) and are genuinely nice…then I am HATING that bitch. Lucky for me most of the “beautiful people” in this world don’t fit into this category. Most of the beautiful people are living off of 6 almonds a day, 2 packs of cigarettes a day and a diet Red Bull every other hour to keep them going. That and working out with their trainer, who comes to their house(now that I wouldn’t mind).
And Kelly LeBrock, can I be hating her? Nope, she was on Celebrity Fit Club a couple of seasons ago…that’s right, she’s a fatty now. Though, to be honest, she really wasn’t that fat. I would just say she had meat on her bones. I guess that is what happens when people stop paying you to starve yourself…you realize it wasn’t worth it. She lost weight and looked a little more like her former self, but I was still not hating.
Who you really should be hating is me. That’s right, me. Why? Because on Saturday morning, or more like afternoon, I leisurely got out of bed and strolled downstairs. I whipped up some pate choux. Made them into spoons. Stuff the spoons with peppermint whipped cream. Then dunked them into peppermint fudge sauce. Yes, ladies and gents, after I slept in, I ate whipped cream filled pate choux dipped in chocolate for breakfast. See, I told you…you are hating me. :) It’s okay, I understand.
This recipe is a take on the Tuesday With Dorie recipe for Peppermint Cream Puff Ring, selected by Caroline of Consuming Passion. I must admit I am really liking having to figure out how to do the Dorie recipe(even though I don’t use the actual Dorie recipe) in a different way. They were lots of fun and I think I will serve them at a dinner party with the Peppermint Fugde Sauce in a fondue pot.

Peppermint Pate Choux “Spoons” with Peppermint Fudge Sauce

pate choux “spoons”
peppermint whipped cream
peppermint fudge sauce
Pate Choux “Spoons”

1 stick(4 ounces) unsalted butter
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup water
1 ¼ cups flour
4 eggs(and possibly one egg white if needed)

Bring butter, salt, sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. When reached boiling point. Add flour, all at once, and start stirring. Stir until the sides pull away and a film will develop on the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes. If you are using a nonstick pan you usually do not get the film on the bottom. In that case just set the timer for 3 minutes while you stir the flour/butter mixture.
Remove from heat and transfer to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed for two minutes using the paddle attachment. This allows the mixture to cool down a little. Switch to medium speed and add eggs one at a time. Sometimes the dough will still be a little dry so add the extra egg white if needed. This batch I needed the extra egg white. When dough is done it should be able to make soft peaks(think meringue or whipping cream soft peaks).
Spoon into a piping bag. (To make the spoon shapes, make a long, steady line then stop and continue to squeeze the bag. It will form a ball at the end…don’t make the ball too big for we want them to bake up at the same time). Line baking sheets with parchment paper and pipe out the spoons.
Preheat oven to 375F. Place choux spoons in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate pan and drop heat to 350F. Bake for another 10-15 mintues depending on your oven. Be sure to watch, you are going for golden brown. If you take them out too early they will deflate :( and you don’t want that.

Adapted from Martha Stewart Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart

Peppermint Whipped Cream

1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint

In an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy whipping cream on high speed. When it starts to thicken, add sugar and mint. Continue to whip until cream forms stiff peaks(remember you have to fill the choux with it so it needs to be stiff).

Peppermint Fudge Dipping Sauce

7 ounces semisweet chocolate
½ cup heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1 ½ TBSP corn syrup
1-2 TBSP(depending on your liking) Peppermint Schnapps

Put all ingredients in a saucepan except for Schnapps. On low heat let ingredients melt together, stirring occasionally. Should take about 4-5 minutes for it to fully melt. When everything is melted, take off of heat and whisk in Peppermint Schnapps. Serve warm.

Spoon whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a tip(go small). Take cool pate choux spoon and poke a hole at either the bottom(if you don’t want people to see the hole) or to the side. Squeeze bag and fill spoon with cream. Continue doing this for all the spoons.
Serve with warm Peppermint Fudge Sauce.


  1. Hey, I’m not hatin’ on you, as long as I get an invite for a (not-)breakfast :P Wonderful and unique idea!
    I dunno about a communal fondue pot with the spoons. A few of my friends (okay, only one– my closest friend) would probably scoff at the notion of double-dipping :)

  2. Oh my goodness, adorable. I would never have thought of making them into spoons. It sounds like the perfect breakfast :)

  3. Ohhhhhhhhh give me he last picture in real, it looks so , i have no word for it, just that i am drooling here

  4. These are adorable! Yes, I remember those “don’t hate me…” commercials. :) I don’t hate you, but I am jealous!

    Have you ever heard of a musical group (family/folk rock) called Trout Fishing in America? They have a song called, “It’s Better Than That” about what it’s like to be a grown up and one of the lines is:
    “We have a chocolate eclair about as big as your head/
    Just before noon before we get out of bed”

    I think they would like your post! :)

  5. That’s exactly how I like to start my Saturday mornings! ;)

    The spoon idea is very clever! They look really cute. I had to pass on this one because I’m out of town. Probably for the best since I dislike peppermint.

  6. OH! MY! GOODNESS! Any pastry stuffed with cream is my FAVORITE. But seriously… this is THE most amazing idea yet. I am *seriously* lusting these! :( :(

  7. I’m definitely hating you right now… but only a teensy weensy bit. However, I’m lovin’ the spoons. They are too cute!

    And yes, I totally remember those commercials!

  8. I also ate mine for breakfast but it does not sound nearly as leisurely as yours!
    Brilliant way to re-make the recipe! Yum!

    P.S. I must be old too because I also remember that commercial (but not the shampoo, maybe pantene?).

  9. Beautiful!

  10. I love the spoon idea! And the chocolate sauce looks delicious.

  11. I think that was a Pantene commercial and my sisters and I used to torment each other with that phrase.

    Your spoons look super delicious. I don’t hate, but I am envious of your good fortune to have them for a leisurely breakfast!

  12. I had to laugh at the “don’t hate me” line, it so reminded me of high school! Those pâte à choux spoons are such a great idea. It is fun trying to figure out how to use the recipe without actually using the recipe! :)

  13. I’m only 20, but I DO recall that whole “Don’t hate me because I am beautiful” campaign/phrase, haha :0)

    Those Peppermint Pate Choux “Spoons”?? Perfection. Here’s to NOT starving, and enjoying delicious treats!!

  14. I love the spoon idea for the Pate Choux though I would have to leave out the peppermint. I am even older so I can’t remember much of anything anymore, like the Don’t hate me adds.

  15. Those spoons remind me of male parts…I’m sorry but they do! But filled with cream and chocolate, I’d eat them any way.

  16. How utterly delightful. They would be a knockout at a dinner party.

  17. Is 25 old? Cause I def remember people saying that all the time. I even think its making a comeback.

    The spoons look really nice. Mom probably wouldn’t approve, but hey at least you had breakfast, and the peppermint can get rid of morning breath :)

  18. I would not mind at all having these beauties for breakfast. I’d feel almost like an outlaw or something. ;)
    I have seen a bit of an interview with her, and she was saying that now she is a model for large size clothing companies.

  19. Oh my, I mean this is just the cutest thing ever. Love it.

  20. yum! I love the spoons! It all sounds so heavenly yet oh so sinful!

  21. Was the shampoo pantene? I know Breck was ‘tell two friends’….

    Back to the choux pastry spoons – very inventive. I like the little handle idea. Did you have any trouble with the handle end drying out before the bowl of the ‘spoon’ is fully baked?

  22. Me=Stunned

    Wow, just wow Peabody. They are amazing. My boys would go nuts over them. Beyond a fabulous job!

  23. That’s just sooooooo decadent! I think choux is so underrated, and people tend to be intimidated by it. It’s one of my favourite things, and it’s so easy to make and versatile!

  24. I love this idea, very creative!

  25. I swear it was Pantene – I remember a boy in my class saying that on an almost daily basis. The spoons are too cute!

  26. Wow loving the spoons! What an awesome and creative dish. And looks so fun to eat!

  27. The only thing I can say is ” how cool!” i wish i thought of that.

  28. That. Looks. Amazing. My mouth is watering!

  29. The spoons are very clever. Your photos are amazing and recipe variations are inspirational. I too love dessert first!

  30. Personally, I think this new “no recipe posting” rule is fantastic – would we have gotten such a delicious breakfast otherwise??!?!? Great adaptation!!!

  31. Oh my gosh, those are so cute! I love seeing what twist you’ll put on the recipe each week!

  32. I am old, and I remember … definitely Pantene. And, who can hate someone who awakens to make choux pastry in the morning? Eggs? Flour? sounds like breakfast.

  33. i so hate you! i’d rather eat a spoon of pate a choux than a spoon of cereal any morning–cute!

  34. I promise to hate you only a little for your clever deviation. I could get more chocolate glaze with that spoon…YUM!

  35. AMAZINGLY creative! How did you even dream that up! It’s divine! And for breakfast! Simply out of control. You need to be stopped. This is just madness! ;) I have so much love for you right now…. no hate. Nothing but love!

  36. How freakin’ cool is this idea! I’m not hatin’ either because you shared how to do it! Awesome job!

  37. Ooooooooh, I want some NOW!! That is Amazing, what a unique idea… that I will totally use one of these days :p

    Thanks for Sharing, Much appreciated :)

  38. Those are too cute! An peppermint flavor too…I love it!

  39. Far from hating, I’m in love! This looks delicious! Yum!!! :)

  40. Sounds like a breakfast of champions to me!!! I will HAVE to try that!!

  41. Breakfast??! How wonderfully indulgent!

  42. looks so good!!!! yummy!

  43. wonderful idea and amazing photos! yum!

  44. Oh wow — SPOONS!!! I have never seen that e.v.e.r.! That is so cool. Didn’t ever think of that. I may steal that idea now. ;D


  45. Kelly LeBrock looked like she’d been rode hard and put up wet.

    So, what would you little maniacs like to eat first? ;)

  46. i can’t be hatin’ no pastry spoons…shoot.

    seriously though, these are cute.

  47. Pantene.

    And I don’t hate you… I worship you.

    I’m not sure what the two statements above say about *me*.

  48. Nah…just because you once (again :)) forgot to FedEx my portion ….Oh and for sleeping late :)
    Looks adorable!

  49. what a great idea! they are adorable :)

  50. what a great idea!!!


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