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Choux A La Creme: Guest Bloggers Pull One From The Archives

Acting Up For The Camera

I asked Bailey and Tippy to keep you entertained this weekend since I am trying to catch up on work I could not get to during the couple of weeks I was under the weather. That’s what they came up with… Normal day in our household I may add! Bailey is eagerly acting up for the camera while Tippy looks at him with the "why mom? why?" look and ends up rolling over.


Thus…it’s one from the archives this weekend folks. I hate to do this but Cream Puffs are one of my favorite comfort "desserts" to make and eat when things are busy, stressed, stretched and sleep on the minimal side. Oh yes, I will always some time to make these… You can find the original post/story for these Strawberry Cream Puffs With Grand Manier Mousseline here but in the meantime here is the recipe again. I should be back on Monday or Tuesday, after you are good and tired of the pupps!

Strawberry Cream Puffs

Choux with Grand Marnier Mousseline:

Serves 8
For the Choux:
85 gr all purpose flour
75ml water
75 ml milk
65 gr butter
3 eggs
1 Tb sugar
1/8 tsp salt
Pearl Sugar

Sift the flour and set aside. Heat the water, milk, butter and salt to a full rolling boil, so that the fat is not just floating on the top but is dispersed throughout the liquid. Stir the flour into the liquid with a heavy wooden spoon, adding it as fast as it can be absorbed. Avoid adding it all at once or it will form clumps. Cook, stirring constantly and breaking up the lumps if necessary, by pressing them against the side of the pan with the back of the spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer the dough to a mixer bowl. Let the paste cool slightly so that the eggs will not cook when they are added. You can add and stir the eggs by hand but it requires some elbow grease. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, using the paddle attachment on low or medium speed. The dough should have the consistency of thick mayonnaise. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (I use Ateco #809). Pipe big rounds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet,sprinkle them with pearl sugar and bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Split the choux in half.

For the Grand Marnier Mousseline:
300ml milk
zest of one orange
3 egg yolks
120gr sugar
25 gr cornstarch
115 gr butter, cut into small chunks
30ml Grand Marnier
1 tsp gelatin and 1 TB water
120ml heavy cream
1-2 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand until ready to incorporate into the pastry cream. Bring the milk to a boil with the orange zest. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch until pale. Slowly pour the milk over it: add with a small amount to temper the eggs and make sure all your ingredients incorporate smoothly and them continue to add the rest of the milk. Return the whole thing over medium heat and cook until thick for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the butter and the Grand Marnier. In a microwave, dissolve the gelatin for 15 seconds. Quickly mix into the pastry cream. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap (make it touch the cream so it does not let a skin form on top) and refrigerate until cold.
Whip the cream to stiff peaks and gently fold it in the pastry cream. Pour into a piping bag and divide among the choux. arrange some strawberry slices over the cream and put the hats back on (the picture below makes me think of the Smurfs). Serve within the hour. If you plan to serve this later, assemble it at the last minute so the choux don’t get soggy.

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Leacayoungart October 19, 2008 um 7:24 am

Beautiful photography and great recipes.

I can’t find macaroons here. Is there some place I can order them online?

Anonymous October 19, 2008 um 8:02 am

Hee hee Bailey and Tippy are both so cute and the cream puffs are divine ^^!

Rosa's Yummy Yums October 19, 2008 um 8:33 am

Bailey and Tippy are very cute and ever so photogenic!

Your Cream Puffs are perfect! A tempting delicacy! I love that Grand Marnier Mousseline… Delightful!

Cheers and have a nice week,


Anonymous October 19, 2008 um 9:20 am

so funny dogs 😉 and so photogenic !
can I get a puff ? ^_^

barbichounette October 19, 2008 um 9:37 am

De superbes photos !!!

Cannelle Et Vanille October 19, 2008 um 11:03 am

i’m melting looking at the dogs… too cute!

LizNoVeggieGirl October 19, 2008 um 11:40 am

Helen, as a former sheltie owner (may she rest in peace), and CURRENT dog-lover, I cannot even BEGIN to tell you just how lovely and heartwarming that those photographs are. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Such cute choux treats!!

Anonymous October 19, 2008 um 12:14 pm

Scout says your pups are cute and he wants to play! As soon as I get over my busy next few weeks, I am making these.

Manggy October 19, 2008 um 12:29 pm

Ooh, I remember these! I loved them then and I love them now. I too make choux when time is of the essence– the only limiting factor ingredient-wise are the eggs.
I hope you do feel much better these days Helen!

Botacook October 19, 2008 um 1:11 pm

Mmmh j’adore les choux à la crème aux fraises 🙂

Mollie October 19, 2008 um 1:22 pm

Can’t imagine being tired of those pups! 🙂 mmmmmmm cream puffs……

Jen Yu October 19, 2008 um 1:42 pm

i love da puppies! hope you get caught up this weekend. i did half of my catching up yesterday… let’s see what i can do today 🙂 your cream puffs are so lovely. i’ll never make mine the old way (white trash way) again! xxoo

Rachael Hutchings October 19, 2008 um 1:49 pm

Gotta love the creampuffs and the pups!

Snooky doodle October 19, 2008 um 1:56 pm

the puppies are so cute:) I love cream puffs and these look great.

• friX • October 19, 2008 um 2:50 pm

Oooooh, your doggies are so cute ! Great pictures !

Mary October 19, 2008 um 3:33 pm

Who could get tired of puppies? They’re so cute!

Parisbreakfasts October 19, 2008 um 3:49 pm

Love your new ardoise banner!

La Cuisine d'Helene October 19, 2008 um 7:21 pm

Cute dogs! I love to eat my Choux à la crème with vanilla ice cream & a warm chocolate sauce on top.

Anonymous October 19, 2008 um 9:03 pm

The dogs are too cute! I love making (and eating) cream puffs as well.

aandara October 19, 2008 um 9:36 pm

i love cream puffs, and these with grand marnier have to be out of this world.

Susan @ SGCC October 20, 2008 um 12:29 am

I remember these. I loved them then and I love them now! There’s certainly nothing wrong with digging into your archives sometimes. We all get busy. Besides, I’m enjoying the "entertainment"! 😉

Lori October 20, 2008 um 12:53 am

Is it me or is that cute dog of yours playing peek a boo.

Shari October 20, 2008 um 1:29 am

That looks so delicious! And your puppies are SO cute!

Anonymous October 20, 2008 um 1:43 am

Bailey and Tippy are adorable. Sorry I haven’t been around much, but work’s been keeping me busy. I’ve even created a new feature on my blog too keep visitors amused since I haven’t been posting as much.

cindy* October 20, 2008 um 1:45 am

cute pups! i love it when they put their paws over their faces. adorable!

Alexa October 20, 2008 um 3:18 am

Your doggies are so cute… Love the pics and the treat.

Cakebrain October 20, 2008 um 3:31 am

Your pups are so cute! I miss having a dog sometimes! The pic of the cream puff is so gorgeous! I love the look of the pearl sugar crystals.

Nina Timm October 20, 2008 um 6:16 am

There are quite a few recipes for me to hang on to until you are back. Do not be so hard on yourself, take a deep breath!!

Anonymous October 20, 2008 um 7:46 am

The dogs are so adorable and the photography is beautiful too. Do you photoshop them? I can never seem to get my cat looking any good – I think my photography skills are lacking!

Eileen October 20, 2008 um 12:45 pm

I could never get tired of looking at pictures of dogs… the little choux puffs look incredible. Wish I had some strawberries in the house right now!!

Cookie baker Lynn October 20, 2008 um 1:25 pm

So sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. Good thing you have the darling pups to hold down the fort. Hope all is better soon!

Helene October 20, 2008 um 1:34 pm

katie: I try to photograph the dogs in early afternoon when the light is the brightest in the house. I don’t have Photoshop.

Patricia Scarpin October 20, 2008 um 3:52 pm

How can we get tired of something so beautiful and delicious, sweetie? 😉

Maria October 20, 2008 um 4:45 pm

Adorable photos of the dogs! I hope you are getting the rest you need!

Irene October 20, 2008 um 6:01 pm

And they are just as beautiful the second time around!

CatherineS October 20, 2008 um 7:25 pm

Beautiful, beautiful!!

I’ve tagged your blog with an award~


The Short (dis)Order Cook October 20, 2008 um 8:07 pm

No need to apologize for these. They look beautiful. I love cream puffs too. I’ve been thinking lately that I haven’t made any and I should.

Fifi Flowers October 20, 2008 um 8:09 pm

YUMMY creme puffs!
Love your chalkboard!

Mallory Elise October 20, 2008 um 8:24 pm

Helen I made macarons for the first time! i read your guide book on the side over there about 20 times–i don’t know why i was so nervous, but i had my computer with me in the kitchen too! hehe. and je les ai donné aux quelques filles qui étaient à paris avec moi, et elles m’ont dit ahh, c’est l’exacte meme goût que ceux-là à paris, mais non ceci est meilleure!!!!! ahaha. merci à toi et à ta recette. 🙂

Clumbsy Cookie October 20, 2008 um 8:36 pm

You could not have asked better guest bloggers to entertain us! They’re sooooooooo cute!

Deeba PAB October 21, 2008 um 4:47 am

Your pups are adorrable with melting eyes…really heart-warming! Hope you feel better soon Helene…these pastries & pictures are beautiful indeed!!

Y October 21, 2008 um 11:18 pm

Your dogs are so photogenic!

Melody October 22, 2008 um 2:17 am

What a couple of sweeties. I could look at those little faces all day long.

Anonymous October 22, 2008 um 3:08 am

Your dogs are absolutely gorgeous. Wow. It takes some real talent to snap those photographs but we know we’re in good hands with you. 🙂

Grand-Marnier mousseline… i want!

Vera October 22, 2008 um 7:49 am

Helen, they both are so adorable! The puffs are also very pretty!

Leslie October 23, 2008 um 1:52 am

PERFECT puppy pictures! And the sweets look pretty good too! LOL

Thip October 23, 2008 um 3:56 am

Bailey is really cute!!!

anudivya October 23, 2008 um 4:50 pm

Bailey and Tippy are cuties!
And the cream puffs I can eat anytime of the day… beautiful!

Courtney October 26, 2008 um 11:03 pm

What precious pups! And the strawberry cream puffs look sooo yummy!

Anonymous October 27, 2008 um 12:07 am

Hi Helen – your chox looks absolutely mouth-watering, but I fell in love with your beautiful doggies, they are so cute! How old are they? They must be good friends…

Anonymous October 27, 2008 um 12:07 am

Hi Helen – your chox looks absolutely mouth-watering, but I fell in love with your beautiful doggies, they are so cute! How old are they? They must be good friends…

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