Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Birthday, Harry!: Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiteroles

by Darla

Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiteroles | ©BakingdomIt’s official…we’re in Europe! We landed right around lunchtime, Belgian time, and are probably in the Netherlands by now. I just realized I have no idea what time zone we now live in…I need to do some research…

Well, anyway, no matter what time zone you’re in, today is Harry Potter’s birthday! Can you believe I’ve never celebrated Harry’s birthday here on the blog? I know. I can’t either.

Harry Potter Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiteroles | ©BakingdomHarry’s birthday dessert is inspired by two desserts; one from the books and one from the movies. In the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry orders three strawberry and peanut butter ice creams for himself, Ron, and Hermione, from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley. Since we have been having our things packed up, ice cream wasn’t something I had the occasion to make, so I kept it super simple by making a peanut butter whipped cream, and serving it with fresh strawberry topping. I made homemade profiteroles to serve the whipped cream and strawberries on, just like the Slug Club enjoys for dessert in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Stawberry Peanut Butter Cream Puffs | ©BakingdomIt would be very easy to have these with ice cream in place of the whipped cream, and I have a recipe for strawberry ice cream, as well as peanut butter ice cream! You could make both ice creams, and swirl them together, or you could just make one or the other and top them with other flavors accordingly (like strawberry ice cream topped with peanut butter whipped cream, or peanut butter ice cream topped with fresh strawberries).

Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiterole Birthday Sundae | ©BakingdomTo be perfectly honest, the first time I heard mention of strawberry and peanut butter ice creams together, I thought it sounded awful.

Guess what? It’s totally not. It’s like peanut butter and jelly.

Except better.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiteroles

Ingredients

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FOR THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING
1 pound strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter

To make the strawberries: Slice all of the strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Place half of the strawberries in a large bowl, and mash them, using a potato masher or fork. Stir in the remaining strawberries and the sugar until thoroughly combined. Cover and set aside to macerate for at least 30 minutes.

To make the cream: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the cream on medium high speed until it begins to thicken and form very soft peaks. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the cream and continue whipping until firm peaks form. Stir in the vanilla. Gently fold in the peanut butter until incorporated. Chill until ready to serve.

Assemble: Fill the profiteroles with the peanut butter cream either by fitting a pastry bag with a Wilton #7 tip (or comparable) and fill the bag with the cream. Press the pastry tip into the bottom of the profiterole, in the center, and squeeze the cream into the profiterole until you feel it push back against the tip.

Or you can fill the profiteroles by slicing them open to form edible bowls and lids. Fill the bottom half with cream, and place the top half on the cream.

Spoon the strawberries over the top and garnish with more cream, if desired.

Recipe by Darla

Delicious Strawberry Profiteroles | ©Bakingdom

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Yay Harry!! And congrats on being in Europe! All the best!

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2 Maaike July 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Yay it’s Harry’s birthday and of course also J.K. Rowlings birthday! These sound amazing, but I am a bit scared of the profiteroles.
The time zone we (yup, I am an Amsterdammer) live in is the Middle-European time zone (all of Western and Middle Europe from the Norway south to Spain, east to Poland and then south to Albania). Great Britain, Portugal (-1) and Greece (+1) are in a different time zone.
I truly hope you enjoy living in the Netherlands. I’ve lived here my whole life and although I have nothing to compare it to, I can only say that I like living in this country in Western Europe, within driving/train distance of Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen…

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3 Dani @ seehubbycook July 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Wait…how did I miss that you never celebrated before? That’s crazy! But happy birthday Harry, Jo, and belatedly to Neville too!

Congratulations on being safe and sound in the Netherlands! May your furniture get to you sooner than you could dream possible and the food be as divine as you imagined.

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4 Katie July 31, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE you!? I love that you celebrate Harry Potter so often, totally amazing!!!

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5 Bernadette July 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Happy birthday Harry! My daughter and I are excited to see your new posts in Europe, especially London and Leavesden (and Paris) and best wishes to you and your family in settling in and reestablishing a home.

I love profiteroles and they are easy to make–Maaike, don’t be afraid! :)

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6 Becca from CookieJar Treats August 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

This is really awesome! I’ve been rereading the books all summer (with a few other books in between) I am currently on Order of the Phoenix and I’m loving them just as much as I did when I first read them in grde school :)

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7 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life August 1, 2013 at 3:48 am

How funny…I literally read that very scene today to the kids I was babysitting! I would never had remembered it before, and on the very same day you write up this post!
I hope you enjoy Europe!

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8 Ina August 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

Welcome to our timezone! We are so happy to have you. I love the Strawberry Peanut Butter Profiterols you made for Harry. I love how you alwasy celebrate Harry Potter!
I hope you settle in well!

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9 Carol Cross August 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

How great that even in the midst of a big move like this you are blogging and celebrating Harry’s birthday! Best of luck in your new European adventures.

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10 Ruthy August 3, 2013 at 12:07 am

Oh, this is so much fun!!! What creativity! You are truly inspiring, Darla. And, happy belated birthday to Harry! :)

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11 Renee @ Awesome on $20 August 3, 2013 at 3:04 am

Wow, I can’t believe you’ve never done a post for Harry’s birthday, either. It seems like something you would have done. How strange. Anyway, these look beautiful. I bet you’re in love with the Netherlands already.

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12 leslie August 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

Happy Birthday Harry. I hope you settle into your new timezone soon :)

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13 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

Happy Birthday, Harry! These are adorable!

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14 Miss Messy August 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Oh my this is amazing! I love that you’re celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday! :D

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15 Jan August 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

The strawberry peanut butter profiteroles look so good. I am surprised the whipped cream stays so white with the peanut butter added. Can’t wait to try the recipe and what fun to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday! Best wishes in your new home.

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