Cream Puffs & A Cookbook Giveaway

Today has been so much fun for me because I had my first cooking class at Prep Kitchen Essentials, in Seal Beach, CA. What a dream place this is to teach in…fabulous food, top-notch equipment, and someone does your dishes for you too! I think I died and went to heaven! I was also so excited to have two of my blog readers come to the class! Well, I wanted to share a couple photos with you and one of the recipes too! In today’s class I taught how to make Buttermilk Cake with Lemon Cream and Fresh Raspberries, Mini Key Lime Pies with Toasted Meringue Topping, and Cream Puffs with Sweet Melissa’s Deadly Chocolate Fudge Sauce! The class was so much fun and I couldn’t help but want to share with you the Cream Puff recipe! This recipe is quite easy and so much fun for everyone. You can make these into profiteroles by substituting the whipped cream filling for a scoop of your favorite ice cream…doesn’t that sound yummy!

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Servings: about 16 profiteroles/cream puffs

Pate a Choux:

adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion

8 oz. (1 c.) Water

5 ¼ oz (1 ¼ c.) AP Flour

8 T. Unsalted Butter

3-4 large eggs

¾ t. salt

Preheat oven 425 degrees

Put the water, salt, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add the flour all at once. Return the pan to the burner and start stirring vigorously. Cook over medium heat, while stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a ball. (About 1 minute or so) Remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes, or until 140 degrees. Place the dough in a mixer bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time. Before adding the last egg check the consistency of the dough. Pinch the dough between your fingers and slowly pull apart. If the dough breaks easily, add the last egg. Continue beating for at least 2 minutes after the last egg has been beaten.

Place the dough in a piping bag with a #809 tip. Pipe the dough into small balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. If a peak forms, then gently dab it with a wet finger.

Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temp. to 375 degrees and continue baking for 15 more minutes. The balls should feel like and hollow. Turn off the oven, open the door a crack, and leave the balls to cool for 30 more minutes.

Chocolate Fudge Sauce:

adapted from Sweet Melissa’s Baking Book

7.5 oz best-quality bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped

¼ c. sugar

½ c. plus 1 t. light corn syrup

½ c. plus 1 t. water

¾ c. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

¾ t. instant coffee or instant espresso powder

1 T. liquor (cognac, brandy, Kahlua, etc.)

Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. (You can also melt the chocolate in a double boiler set or simmering water.) Keep warm.

In a large saucepan over medium heat add the sugar, corn syrup, water, cocoa powder, and instant coffee. Bring to a boil, while whisking constantly. Once the mixture comes to a rapid boil, continue cooking for 1-2 more minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in the melted chocolate and liquor.

Whipped Cream:

1 Pint heavy whipping cream

1 t. vanilla extract

Powdered sugar to taste

Whip cold heavy whipping cream with a whisk attachment until slightly thickened. Add powdered sugar to taste and vanilla extract. Continue whipping until soft peaks form.

Once cool, cut balls in half with a serrated bread knife and place small scoops of ice cream or whipped cream inside. Drizzle the chocolate sauce on top and enjoy!

Here are some more photos from the class!

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To celebrate my happy day with my blogging friends and readers I wanted to give away a free copy of Martha Stewart’s new book “Martha Stewart’s Cookies“. This is a great resource for yummy cookies and I wanted to share it with one of you! All you have to do is leave me a comment with what your all-time favorite dessert is. I am looking to figure out new recipes to try and I want to know what desserts hold a special place in your hearts. Look forward to hearing your comments!  The deadline is Saturday night!

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40 Responses to “Cream Puffs & A Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Monica says:

    Hi Melody

    I love your blog, and you have inspired me with so many cool ideas.

    My fav dessert is creme brulee. Totally decadent and classic. However, I have been on a mexican chocolate kick lately. I grew up drinking mexican hot chocolate, and forgot how good it is. So maybe a mexican chocolate creme brulee. That sounds pretty good.

  2. Landa says:

    Those all look yummy!!! My all time favorite dessert is Red Velvet Cake with Cream cheese frosting. I have loved it since I was a kid.

  3. Ammy says:

    Oh and I’m on a diet.. how can a baker/food blogger diet??!? woe is me, i wants a cream puff…

    favorite desert.. strawberry shortcake, biscuit-style mmm…

  4. Karin says:

    I like rhubarb bars a lot…..thanks for the giveaway!

  5. micahl says:

    i want to come take your classes!

    i have a really hard time picking one favorite because i love all desserts, but i decided i could narrow it down by the season—-mini cream tarts with fresh raspberries for spring/summer. YUM.

  6. Chelsea says:

    That fudge sauce looks delicious and those mini key limes are so stinking cute.

    My favorite dessert is truly one of decadence and so simple in ingredients, yet if it’s not done right it really doesn’t turn out: French Silk Pie.

    MMM. To offset the sweetness of the filling, we’ve always used a butter-nut crust. Email me if you’d like the recipe I have. It’s been used for years as a holiday treat in my family.

  7. Terri says:

    Melody’s classes are a MUST TAKE!!! I was one of her students today at Prep Kitchen Essentials. She’s right, that is an AWESOME place to take classes. It’s a beautiful place and the staff and owner are absolutly WONDERFUL! I will definatly take more classes there, especially if Melody is teaching! I want to learn everything she knows!
    I would have to say one of my favorite desserts would be Madelaine’s with a good tea or coffee. Even better, champagne if their dipped in chocolate! Sounds yummy to me!

  8. Marine says:

    Hello Melody! I came across your blog a few weeks ago but I don’t believe I’ve ever left a comment before, so Hi!

    Everything you make looks delicious and I wish I could just reach right in and grab a bite!

    My all-time favorite dessert has got to be molten chocolate cake… nothing beats decadent chocolate cake filled with warm gooey chocolate topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with more chocolate. Can you tell I love chocolate?

  9. Marine says:

    Ah! I don’t know what I was thinking, but the URL link in my last comment is wrong! This is the right one.

  10. Sheenah says:

    I love looking at all your creations but I have to admit I’m afraid to try to make them. I’m not the most experienced cook, especially when it comes to dessert. My favorite dessert is ANY type of cheesecake, but I do make a pretty good caramel apple cheesecake.

  11. Elle says:

    Oh my gosh, I love your photos–everything looks so good! I could totally eat half of those cream puffs and never look back, lol.

    Favorite dessert? It would have to be a very large, extra fudgy brownie with a big glass of milk. Simple, but so satisfying.

  12. these are some sexy cream puffs! love the chocolate dripped all over – the darker the better. thumbs up! x

  13. toontz says:

    Oh, yum, yum, YUM! I am a first time visitor and I will be back! It is so hard to pick just one favorite dessert. I am a fan of anything with sour cherries in it. Especially if it has dark chocolate combined with them.

  14. Cyndi says:

    I was the other blog reader who attended Melody’s class yesterday………and even traveled 2 hours to be there! It was TOTALLY worth the trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat. She is such a sweetheart, vibrant and full of energy! She is an AMAZING teacher, adding great tips & tricks along the way. The desserts we created were so simple, yet utterly delicious! I will definitely be one of her regular students and make the trek to whichever location she will be teaching at.

    My all-time favorite dessert would be pain au chocolat. There is nothing like biting into a slightly warm, flaking-all-over-your-lap croissant…………and then tasting the softened bar of bittersweet chocolate in the middle. Heaven!

  15. admin says:

    I am having so much fun reading all of your favorites…thanks everyone!
    Sheenah – I really hope you try some of the recipes out…you’ll be surprise at how easy some of them are!
    Terri & Cyndi – Thanks so much for your kind words…you guys put a very big smile on my face!

  16. Aran says:

    I bet that was fun! I have the Martha Stewart Cookies book but I just wanted to leave you a comment anyway. My favorite all time dessert is rice pudding or arroz con leche as we call it in Spain. And ice cream is a close second!

  17. Lynn says:

    You have a wonderful blog here. :) I am a first time visitor. Those puffs look devine!

  18. Dejah says:

    Flourless chocolate cookies. Could live on them!

  19. Angel says:

    I would say desserts which when you eat will make you smile, that is the best dessert that will stay in your heart.

    I love Almond Tofu with Lychee syrup and mixed fruits. I know this is not very dessert-ish. I had this when I went to a restaurant a while back ago, and had left a wonderful memory and taste.

    It probably is easy to make. I’ve never tried it myself, but you guys should try it!

  20. Sarah says:

    Hello! Thanks for the pics about your class….it looks like it was a great experience! As for a favorite dessert, I can never pass up a piece of key lime pie, no matter what time of year. Lime and lime zest just give so much flavor.

  21. Hillary says:

    Hello! That class and your blog look like so much delicious fun! I’m glad I just discovered you!

    And as for my favorite dessert…I’m going to go with chocolate creme brulee!

  22. brozy says:

    Pierre Herme’s black forest cake.

  23. Sugary Chic says:

    Definiteyly pistachio baklava with a rose water atar syrup!!

  24. Helen says:

    These goodies look fantastic! I’d love to be entered into the draw for the cookbook – I am trying to build up a collection of 100 ‘good’ books before I’m forty! Hx

  25. Marissa says:

    Definitely a pistachio macaron…but I’ve alway been intimidated to try and make these.

    I’d love to take a class with you (I’m only 25 minutes away). I hope you’ll consider teaching classes on the weekend.

  26. Tracey says:

    My favorite desert? Oh my, I’d have to say Three Milks Cake, there’s something so simple yet heavenly about it!

  27. Jen says:

    Since it’s almost summer, I’d have to say homemade fresh-churned frozen yogurt a la David Lebovitz. :)

  28. Nicisme says:

    Is that just ordinary meringue in the last photo? They look so tempting!
    My favourite dessert is tiramisu – soooo boring I know, but I make lots of different versions and one of the nicest is a caramel one.

  29. Kirsten says:

    all time favorite…. that’s a tough one…. anything that mixes hot/cold, salty/sweet… like a a good fruit pie with a savory crust, ala mode.
    now i want one! without any pie at the house, i’ll have to come up with the next best fix….grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate shake!!
    just found your blog and i’m adding you to the fav’s. thanks.

  30. Ashley says:

    That looks like so much fun!

    My favorite desert would have to be either cream puffs or black forest cake

  31. Thea says:

    Tough one.. but there.. I’ll try.. awww.. mmmnnnn …pineapple upside down cake! ….

  32. Stacy says:

    Those cream puffs look so incredibly good. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  33. April says:

    I love your blog! I would have loved to have been in your class!! My favorite dessert has got to be either…tirimisu or creme brulee!

  34. Man, why can’t you live near me…or me near you…well you know what I mean. I would love to take one of your classes! My favorite dessert???? Hmmm, I think that would have to be ….oh crap! I try so hard not to discriminate when it comes to delightful desserts..I guess, a really well made moist cake with wonderful buttercream, not the store bought stuff either. Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Swiss Buttercream…there ya go…i just had to talk through it :)

  35. cakewardrobe says:

    I missed the deadline! :( There are too many! but I would have to say my all time favorite dessert is the Butterscotch Pannacotta from Davidburke and Donatella!

  36. Yolanda says:

    Hi Hi :)

    I checked your blog and I simply love it!
    Also want to thank you for posting the cream puff recipe. My boyfriend kills for those and begged me so long to make him some, so I baked them yesterday, he fell in love ….with the cream puffs of course and he took the whole batch to work. The only thing there is that I had to make them twice, the first time they didn’t rise and they were still raw when i took them out of the oven, maybe because of the altitude where I am, but the next batch I did I had to add baking powder and cut the butter by half and then…they were perfect!!

    Thank you thank you thank you. and keep up the great work :)

  37. admin says:

    Hi Yolanda,
    I am so glad that you tried out the recipe and it worked good for you! I’m guessing you are right with the elevation rising problems…baking in elevation is always a little tricky. Have a great day and thanks again for checking out my blog!
    Melody

  38. bunny says:

    i love your blog!! i’m gonna learn alot here!! the cream puffs look devine!!

  39. BK says:

    OMG, those look dangerously delicious! I think I found my memorial day party dessert!

  40. abby says:

    how did you know that cream puffs are my favorite? i think the best part is the filling, but i do a vanilla custard with lots of whip cream folded in…

    the choux paste is a pain to do without a stand mixer, so invest now cause your friends and family will never let you rest once they try these once!

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