I’ve made profiteroles many times before this week’s ffwD assignment. However, when I read Dorie’s description of the vanilla pastry cream as a “velvety pudding”, I knew I wouldn’t care for it. This is because I usually fill my profiteroles with whipped heavy cream sweetened with a bit of sugar. It just seems lighter in texture as opposed to the denser pastry cream. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed making the vanilla pastry cream and even spiked it with some Grand Marnier and vanilla bean paste! But, I probably won’t be making it again to fill my profiteroles.
I really had fun making the chocolate glaze, so I’ll probably be making that the next time I make profiteroles (instead of using my cheater chocolate sauce from a bottle!) The chocolate glaze will be more for my sisters because I prefer the profiterole with no glaze whatsoever.
I had a bit of a problem with the dough. First, when I frost or pipe baked goods, I use a frosting gun purchased from The Pampered Chef. I have a couple of pastry bags, but I knew that I didn’t have the proper size tip to pipe the eclairs. So, I stuck with piping profiteroles from the gun.
Just for fun, I did attempt to pipe out a couple of eclair shapes. And they looked okay, but didn’t puff up that well. In fact, most of my dough didn’t puff up that much except for one. This probably occurred because I only made half recipes of everything (dough, pastry cream, and chocolate glaze), and was rather conservative while piping each pastry.
Overall, I did enjoy making this dessert. Each part of the dessert was easy to make, but I think I made the mistake of doing everything in one afternoon. I think I probably should have made the pastry cream the night before while saving the dough and chocolate glaze for the next day.
Check out other bloggers’ vanilla eclair results at French Fridays with Dorie. As usual, the recipe for this dish can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.
(If you’re confused by the toy mouse in the photo, please refer to this post. Hi, Metiche!)