Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chocolate Cinnamon Profiteroles with Toffee Sauce

by Darla

OMIGOSH, you guys!! I got my Pottermore email! FINALLY!

To celebrate, I made profiteroles! Just like Slughorn serves for dessert at the Slug Club.

Well, maybe not ‘just like’, but still…pretty much. I mean, I don’t know what flavors he actually chose, I wasn’t there. Or was I? ;)

So. Um. Yeah. You understand if I just leave you guys with this amazingly delicious, you-need-to-have-it-like-now dessert, don’t you? So I can go play for a bit?

I thought you would. You’re the best!

Catch ya on the flip side!

(And seriously. Make this. It’s Amazing. That’s right, with a capital ‘A’!)

First, a little clarification:

Profiteroles are cream puffs. That cute little biscuit-y thing that you fill up? Yeah, that’s made with pate a choux. Now, the thing about pate a choux is that it’s also what you make eclairs with. Among other things, believe it or not. And, awesomely enough, it’s incredibly easy to make, which you may remember from my eclair post. Seriously, I was scared to attempt them, but this stuff is a cinch. One of the easiest things I’ve ever cooked. Ever.

Anyway. So. What’s a profiterole again? Well, like I said, it’s a cream puff, but these are filled with ice cream instead of cream. To be honest, the puffs (those biscuity things) don’t actually have a distinct name that I know of. And it’s not for lack of trying to find it. When it’s filled with cream (pastry cream, whipped cream), it’s a cream puff (here in the US…apparently, it’s still called a profiterole everywhere else). When it’s filled with ice cream, it’s a profiterole, which is still a cream puff…except there’s ice cream.

Anyway.

So, I already told you these are easy, so whip the dough up. Now, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then, as illustrated above, use a large round decorating tip to pipe mounds of dough that are about one and a half to two-inches wide, by one and a half-inches tall. Next, dip a spoon in cool water and use the back to gently smooth out any lumps or points in the dough. Finally, brush each one with a small amount of egg wash, but don’t let it run down all over the parchment or your puffs will stick.

Bake these at 400 (200 C) degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 (150 C) and bake for another 10 minutes. Cool completely before filling them.

While they’re cooling, time to make some toffee sauce. Some irresistible, eat-your-heart-out, sticky toffee sauce.

Alright, the toffee sauce that I made for these is also a cinch. The directions are below, but I wanted to show you guys what to look for. When you first add the sugar to the butter in this, you need to cook it until it’s puffy (top picture). That will start to reduce slightly (middle picture, still puffy-ish, but less so), and that’s when you mix in the remaining ingredients. The toffee is done when it looks less puffy, and more frothy, with bigger bubbles (bottom picture). This only takes about eight minutes total, and you need to stir frequently, so you’re stuck stove side the whole time. Good thing it’s only eight minutes. :)

Once the puffs are cooled, slice them open and you have perfect little edible bowls with their very own lids. :)

Okay. Now, this is where things start getting really good. You remember that cinnamon chocolate ice cream I shared with you last week?

Yeah. That. Go ahead and grab some of that.

Grab a nice big scoop of it for each one of your puffs.

And then. Go get that warm toffee sauce that you just made. Because caramel-y, sticky, yummy toffee sauce makes everything really good.

*Sigh*

This is my idea of heaven.

Seriously, guys.

Guys.

Seriously.

I can’t even tell you how flipping delicious this dessert was. There just aren’t words.

The cinnamon and chocolate, creamy goodness of the ice cream in the crisp, bread-y, airy puff, all melty together with the gooey, warm toffee sauce.

Holyohmygoodness.

It was so perfect. Like, real, honest to goodness, all-of-these-flavors-and-textures-were-made-to-be-together-on-this-one-plate P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

Trust me. Make. Eat. Repeat.

Enjoy!

P.S. The awesome thing about these puffs is that you can fill them with any yummy goodness that you like. Want some savory, cheesy puffs? Go for it, and fill them with a delicious and lovely cheese ball type filling. These can be filled with vanilla pastry cream and drizzled with chocolate, or you can use any old ice cream you like, with some classic hot fudge or butterscotch. Have fun with them!

Profiteroles
with Cinnamon Chocolate Ice Cream [Printable Version]

Makes 24 puffs

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup (250 ml) water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
4 eggs

24 2-tablespoon scoops of Cinnamon Chocolate Ice Cream

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, combine the butter, water, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is evenly melted. Once the butter is melted, bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and add the flour, stirring well with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough.

Return the pan to the heat and cook, while stirring, for another minute. There will be a fine film of dough on the bottom of the pan.

Transfer the dough to the bowl of a standing mixer and beat on medium speed for about a minute to cool it. In a small bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs in three additions, mixing well between each addition. Once all of the eggs are added, stop the mixer and scrape the bowl, then mix for another 30 seconds to combine the mixture thoroughly.

At this point, the batter should pass the “string test.” Pinch a small amount of batter between your thumb and fore- or middle finger, then pull apart. The batter should stretch into an elastic string. If it doesn’t, beat another egg in a small bowl and slowly add a little bit at a time until the batter passes the string test.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip with the påte à choux. Pipe small mounds of batter of batter about 1 1/2- to 2-inches across and about 1 1/2-inches high onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each one.

Bake the puffs for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and rotate the pans from top to bottom and front to back. Bake for another 20 minutes. Finally, reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake for 10 minutes more, until the puffs are golden brown. Transfer the puffs to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool before filling and serving.

 

Sticky Toffee Sauce [Printable Version]

Ingredients

1/2 cup  (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter
1 cup (255 grams) brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup (165 ml) heavy cream
1 tablespoon (15 ml) rum (optional, can be replaced with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or omitted altogether, but I like the rum, yum)

In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the brown sugar and salt, until smooth. Cook the mixture until it looks puffy, about 4 minutes, then slowly and carefully pour in the cream and rum, whisking to combine. Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking until the mixture is frothy, another three minutes or so. Remove from heat and cover. Let cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving. *This is a sticky sauce, so don’t over cook it, or it will be even stickier. The longer it cools, the stickier it gets, but you can loosen it up slightly, if necessary, by adding a teaspoon or 2 more heavy cream.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Debbie September 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

To quote Nala, from The Lion King: “Pinned ya again!”

Every single time I see a photo of ice cream on a food blog, I get goose bumps. So now I’m a goose-bumpedy, stomach-growly, drool-oozing mess. Thank you!

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2 Ashley September 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

Holy goodness. I will be making these. Tomorrow.

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3 Tina@flourtrader September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Two times awesome! Buzz Buzz

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4 Mary Anne September 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Okay, first, SO jealous of your Pottermore access!

Second, yum! I’m forwarding this to hubby with a hint that these might be quite tasty for a certain someone’s birthday that is coming up in just a few days…

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5 Sincerely Jill September 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Oh my goodness! Um, Yum… I’ve always been too intimidated to try creme puff pastry or eclairs, but I might just have to try it soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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6 Emily@SoDomesticated September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

This is too good to be true : ) Yum.

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7 MissPh34r September 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Hooray for getting your Pottermore account the same time I did! Mine came just in time for my birthday! Are you going to post your Pottermore account name so people can add you? I’d love to have you on my friends list!

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8 Darla September 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

Definitely! I’m CentaurElm51! Please do look me up!! :)

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9 Tara @ The Butter Dish September 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Darla, I do do do simply love puff choiux. I make them in massive batches and keep them in my freezer. I’m so hoping to get my ice cream maker soon because I have a 101 recipes I want to make and profiteroles are one of my absolute fav.

Lovely lovely post!

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10 KayB September 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Is it acceptable to eat these for breakfast? Cause I want them now!

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11 Sarah September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Oh my goodness I am SOOO jealous of your pottermore email! I got in on the 4th day and have been refreshing my email practically every 7 minutes. Not that I think using the number “7″ will somehow magically make my email come faster. Phssst.

Oh. And the profiteroles look amazing, as everything else on here does.

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12 Sasha @ The Procrastobaker September 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

Good grief these look divine! That toffee sauce just puts them over the edggeee, ive always wanted to try choux pastry but havnt got round to it, not going to delay any longer! :)

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13 Paula September 7, 2011 at 5:54 am

I don’t know if I will be able to make them correctly, but they seem so perfect and are so cute, and also seem even easy, that I have to try them!

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14 Beth Michelle September 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh Yum!! These profiteroles are so pretty!!! Nicely done. Your photos are beautiful.

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15 Tres Delicious September 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

Look at that gooey choco toffee glazed that’s inviting us. The photography are wonderfully featured here, thanks for sharing the step by step procedures.

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16 Natalie September 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

I AM DROOLING!
these looks so good

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17 bttrflybabydoll September 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Looks yummy!

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18 hardy September 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

They do look rather lovely. For what it’s worth, here in the UK (and in France where the little beauties originate) this…
“When it’s filled with cream (pastry cream, whipped cream), it’s a cream puff. When it’s filled with ice cream, it’s a profiterole. Get it?”
…does not apply. Don’t cross the Atlantic and order profiteroles in a restaurant and expect ice cream. Profiteroles are filled with cream. What we call profiteroles, you call ‘cream puffs’ (not really a thing here), and you seem to have therefore pressed ‘profiterole’ into use specifically for an ice-cream version. I’ve never come across an ice-cream-filled profiterole, but you’d have to call them ‘ice-cream profiteroles’ or something.

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19 Heleno September 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

Looks delicious! But – like Columbo – just one thing. I don’t wish to be argumentative, but I’m pretty sure that profiteroles can be filled with cream and remain profiteroles – unless the American definition is significantly different to Europe. In fact, the tradition in France where they’re from is to fill them with either cream or creme patissiere, and then get with the chocolate sauce pouring! The ice cream addition is a modern, international variation. For weddings in France, they’re traditionally filled with either cream or creme patissiere and piled in towers covered in a caramel sauce / decoration, which is called a croquembouche (but even then, I’m pretty sure they call the components profiteroles).

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20 Anna September 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’m right there with you, Sarah. I got in on the 4th day and I’ve been getting a little obsessive with how often I refresh my email and the Pottermore Insider page. I think these will be a perfect way to celebrate when I do finally get my email, though! Maybe a variation of them with fudge sauce so they are more like what they ate for the Slug club. Those looked soooo good! And so do these, of course. I’ve loved your Harry Potter recipes, Darla. It’s great to see another Harry Potter nerd/baker. I started trying to recreate butterbeer the week I got back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was too good to only have in Orlando.

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21 Jessica Wagstrom September 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

OH MY GOD those look amazing. GEEZ.

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22 tina September 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

YURM! These look amazing.

And.. am I ever going to get my Pottermore email?

I do realize you have no idea of this answer, I’m just posing it to the universe.

sigh.

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23 Darla September 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

As soon as you get your email, look me up!! I’m CentaurElm51. :) I’m always happy when I meet another Potterhead! ;)

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24 ashley September 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I am definitely going to add you!!! I’m CentaurFlame23.

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25 Becca at It's Yummilicious September 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

I just gasped and then “squeed” (YES, that’s a word… So what if I made it up just now?!) out loud when I saw this …. in a public library, nonetheless! I have loved working with Pate a Choux ever since learning to make it last year. It is my little cup ‘o heaven, and these look DIVINE!

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26 Brian Donovan September 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This is almost OBSCENE for as good as these look. Not fair making me drool at work.

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