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.

Assemble:
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.

Comments

  1. Pastry spoons dipped in chocolate for breakfast – sinful ;)

  2. No one could ever hate you! Although if we were roommates, you and I would be phase shifted from one another by about 12 hours :) And you might be hating me for waking up at the ass crack of dawn every day – ha ha ha! The spoons are such a cute idea.

  3. Oh Wow! Those look so sinfully delicious!! I think I’m almost (just almost but not quite there yet) starting to hate you….!! :)

  4. Such a cool idea! I love making choux pastry–it makes me feel like a domestic goddess.

  5. Okay that is adorable. And such a decadent breakfast.

  6. Oh my gosh what a cute idea!!!! :) You must always be the funny entertainer when having dinner parties!

  7. You are so creative!! Love the spoons. Great photos, as usual!

  8. having a little extra meat on my bones is ok if first it means i got to eat something like this!

  9. i do not hate you because you are beautiful – i hate you because you turn me on with your desserts and leave me out in the cold drooling!
    every time!

  10. I am all for eating chocolate, cream & pastry for BREAKFAST!!! Damn girl, these look fantastic and what a fantastic idea – stuffed spoons!Slurp!

  11. i don’t hate you, but i do love your spoons! cute idea :)

    since we’re back to posting recipes now (sort of) are you still planning on adapting the recipe each week?

  12. This is so so cute!

  13. HOly cra@ woman! You never cease to amaze me! Those are beautiful and creative and YUM! Oh and the commercial was for Pantene. My husband says that phrase quite frequently…yup, he’s a geek :)

  14. Don’t hate beautiful folks, or those with musical skills, or artistic skills, or baking skills, either. Your baking skills are fantastic and these cute little spoons sound like the perfect snack…dipped in chocolate of course! YUM!

  15. How could I hate you when you’re so creative, amazing, and fun? What a darling idea!

  16. OMG these are so cute!! haha, 6 almonds a day. It reminds me of the line from Devil Wears Prada… “Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” I just love the flavor of chocolate and mint.

  17. Cream puff spoons, what an amazing idea!

    Melissa, your comment is giving me great ideas for making X-rated desserts to entertain my husband and I some rainy evening…

  18. No, she wasn’t really fat. OK, by Hollywood standars, she was.

    These are adorable!

  19. oh those look so cool and delicious yum yum I’ll go to you’re little dinner party

  20. That’s about the best breakfast a girl could wish for!

  21. You sir, are brilliant. BRILLIANT!

  22. Yeah, I’m having to hate you now. ;) In all seriousness, how wonderful to get to sleep in (you go!) and then mix up these wonderful treats.

  23. These are adorable and so creative!!

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