Inspired by a sale at Target on organic heavy whipping cream, I decided to make some cream puffs this weekend. Um, yes, it was totally successful unlike my last cream puff blog.
Yum, yum, yum. Touch of Frangelico. The rest? Oky doke. Here’s a quick rundown of how the recipe went…
Flour, butter, water, sugar, salt, eggs – choux pastry.
Sift the flour (about 1 cup), sugar (about a teaspoon?), salt (just a pinch) into a mixing bowl. Heat the stick of butter with about a cup of water in a heavy saucepan until it boils. Remove from heat, add the dry ingredients and mix. Put it back onto the heat and mix until it started forming a ball. At this stage, remove from heat and place into a big mixing bowl (or your Kitchenaid mixer bowl). Beat it up to release the steam then add four eggs one at a time as you whip it into a thick pancake-like mixture. Spoonfuls into the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes then lower to 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes depending on how soft you like them. Brush on an eggwash before the oven for that shiny glossy look.
Heaving whipping cream, sugar, vanilla – whipped cream.
Whip it all together until soft peaks. I like more than just a little vanilla and not as much sugar in this. Put in fridge until ready.
Eggs, sugar, Frangelico, milk, flour and/or cornstarch – custard.
Egg and one egg yolk mixed into the sugar. Heat the milk with a touch of flour (and/or cornstarch) until it’s warmed over – feel free to add other flavors (cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, etc.) that work in here. When the milk is just nearing that boil, grab your whisk and slowly pour it into the egg mixture while you whisk a fine frenzy. This is so it doesn’t turn into scrambled eggs. Put it back into the heavy saucepan onto the heat and mad whisk until you can’t taste a starchy texture anymore. Add the Frangelico towards the end – whisk a bit more. Put it in the fridge until it’s cool.
When you’re ready, add the custard into the whipped cream. Whisk it until it blends together as one. Mix to taste. Cut the cream puff in half when it’s cooled and lather it up with the mixture. Or be fancy and pipe it in. Be even more fancy and dust with powdered sugar. There you go!
Before I left for my San Francisco trip over Memorial Day weekend, Trish mentioned the Buena Vista Cafe – best Irish coffees, hands down. She even mentioned a story about her trip to the Jameson distillery (in Ireland!) and how the bartender there asked her to compare a true Irish-served Irish coffee with that of Buena Vista’s. Trish said Buena Vista was better. So, I dragged Theresa with me onto the F train. We walked up to the cafe after a leisurely stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf for clam chowder (of course).
The verdict? It was good, but I don’t have much to compare from past experiences. At $9 a cup with all that hype, I would have been extremely disappointed if it wasn’t at least good though.
However, I think a trip to Jameson’s is needed. Theresa – let’s go!
What better way to end a trip then a relaxing day down the river?
Labor Day Monday, we rented a couple of duckies, inflatable kayaks, and went with Red River Adventures down the Moab Daily.
Raft or Kayak down the Moab Daily on the Colorado River >>
You can always count on Lisa (and Zac) for some good outdoor adventuring.
Well, with a friend of hers from Michigan in town – we played tourist this time around for Labor Day weekend and dined at a restaurant on Main Street. That right folks, no camp dinner tonight but food baked indoors in a machine! Pasta Jays in Moab, Utah.
A quick review of Pasta Jays after the jump >>
Cinco de Mayo – Booze and chips and desserts. That’s how I like to celebrate. Okay, okay… maybe something more sustainable as well – tacos, taquitos, nachos, anything along that deliciousness. But dessert, that is the most precious…
So, flan and tres leches! Thanks to David Lebovitz, there were recipes in his book, Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes, for both desserts that I could utilize.
*Butterscotch Flan (or in the closest online variation I found: Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Flan)
*Victorian Sponge Cake (which I could transform into tres leches)
How to adapt a Victoria Sponge Cake for Tres Leches >>
A quick trip to Pib’s Exchange during Friday’s lunch break… Rainbow socks. Superhero costumes. Funny ties. Handcuffs. Nothing. Nothing struck a chord. No inspiration.
A run-in with Skylar… Silver. Coneheads. 10:30am. Done.
It was decided. We were going to go all out silver and have cone heads. What were we? Silver people with cone heads. No specificity. No exact definitions.
After a night at the DI (the local go-to thrift shop), an alarm-woken morning, a scramble to the hardware store, and a few hours of glistening silver to our clothes and bodies – we were finally ready to pursue our heart’s desire on the delightfully sunny Saturday it turned out to be… BEER! We were finally ready to head down to the Tour de Brewtah (late as we had planned on being there).
Our bike ride through Tour de Brewtah >>
Just how many beers can you drink in two days?
Well, there’s no better place to find out than in Denver! My friend, Yuko and I went down for Easter weekend to hit up as many breweries as we could in two days. Our verdict? Approximately 30+/- different types of beers we downed in two days. Never mind any sort of buzz we may have absorbed, we were so full, we hardly had any real meals.
Oh yes. Definitely. This adventure comes with photos. Read on!
Our beer adventure after the jump >>
Molten Chocolate Babycakes with a touch of Irish charm. Molten Chocolate Babycakes a la Nigella Lawson from her book, How to be a Domestic Goddess. We added some Bailey’s in the chocolate (mistake… since it hardened the chocolate and made it… not molten). Then we also drizzled Bailey’s over the whipped cream (yum).
Eight of us (well, seven of us… then joined by Ennlee an hour later *ahem*) played fancy and dined out at Cafe Madrid last Saturday. To our utter surprise, we spent four hours at dinner there. But hey, as maître d’ JC told our table as we arrived, Cafe Madrid is our home; our departure time was not until 2AM! Oh yeah…
Join me at the table as I recount our dining experience >>
Yep. I work with some super cool people.
Thursday afternoon = beer o’clock! In efforts to encourage socialization and networking, we have sort of implemented a social break in the day.
First week – spiced and spiked lemonades with lunch at the office.
Second week – wine-tasting at Utah’s first winery: Kiler (kai-ler; not pronounced killer that you would naturally want to do) Grove.
It was awesome. Fun. The gal who poured our wine, Rhea, was a true wine enthusiast. Just two of my co-workers (sorry, Heather), Rhea, a white Trebbiano and three red wines…
A rundown of Kiler Grove’s wines and our tasting after the jump >>