Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Strawberry Mousse Filled Cream Puffs

Strawberry Mousse Cream Puffs

      Growing up, I helped with a lot of wedding receptions.  I had a lot of cousins, as well as neighbors that would use me to "help" in the kitchen or cleaning off tables.  I loved to do it, especially because I was able to sneak food from the wedding.  Back then, most everyone had the same standard food at their reception.  There was a sandwich, either chicken salad (gag) or potato roll with some form of lunch meat inside (strangely loved them).  There was usually a little cup of candied mints and nuts.  And there was either a piece of cake, or at the really good receptions, there were eclairs or cream puffs. I was as giddy as a school girl whenever eclairs were served!  I would sneak one whenever I could.
       I decided that it was time to revive my long-time obsession.  It all started the other night when My Giant and I were grocery shopping late at night and they announced that all doughnuts left from the day were being marked down to a quarter.  We sprinted to the doughnut aisle and to my great surprise, there were eclairs in the doughnut case!  After inhaling them (yes, more than one) I decided that I needed to make them sometime soon.  I really wanted to incorporate strawberry somehow, and found a recipe for strawberry mousse that I adapted.  While these are a little messy, I thoroughly enjoyed more than my fair share.  I also topped it with a whipped chocolate ganache.  It wasn't my favorite.  If you have a favorite chocolate ganache I would love to hear about it!  Chocolate is not my strong suit, so definitely need some work in that category!

Strawberry Mousse Cream Puffs

Strawberry Mousse Cream Puffs

Ingredients
For the Puffs
2 3/4 cups flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups water
1 stick plus 2 tbsp butter
4 large eggs

Directions
*I prefer to make the cream puffs, and then the mousse for sanity reasons, but the mousse can be started while puffs are in the oven.
  1.  
  2. Preheat oven to 425.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together and set aside.
  3. In a heavy saucepan, heat the water.  Add the butter.  When melted, remove the pan from the stove and add the flour mixture all at once.  Beat with a wooden spoon, then return the pan to medium-high heat, beating the mixture until it comes away from the sides of the pan.  Continue to stir until mixture forms into a ball with glossy coating (3-5 minutes).
  4. Remove the ball of dough and place into a mixing bowl. 
  5. Add the eggs one at a time to the dough beating with a wooden spoon or hand mixer in-between additions to mix well (I prefer the hand mixer method).
  6. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip with the cream puff batter.  Squeeze out 3-inch puffs, about 1/2 inch apart on a cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.  When done, carefully slit the side of each cream puff with a knife or poke the tops with a toothpick to allow steam to escape and to prevent the puffs from becoming soggy inside.    Transfer to cooling racks and let cool.


For the strawberry mousse: (adapted from chow.com)
2 tablespoons water
1 (1/4-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
8 ounces strawberries, washed, hulled, and cut into large dice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¾ cup heavy cream 
  1. Place the water in a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface, and stir to combine; set aside.
  2. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan and stir to coat the berries in the sugar. Mash the berries with a potato masher to release their juices, then bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the berries are falling apart and the juices have thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, set a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl.
  3. Pour the strawberry mixture into the strainer. Using a rubber spatula, push on the solids and scrape the underside of the strainer until all of the liquid is extracted; discard the contents of the strainer. Immediately whisk the gelatin mixture into the strawberry liquid until it’s dissolved and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place the clean bowl of the stand mixer and the whisk attachment in the freezer.
  4. Place the cream in the chilled stand-mixer bowl and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 minute.
  5. Give the strawberry mixture a quick whisk to smooth it out, add the whipped cream a quarter cup at a time, folding gently into mixture in between each addition.  Fold just until no white from the cream is visible. 
  6. Transfer the mixture to a large resealable bag or piping bag.
  7. Cut the cooled puffs horizontally.  Fill the bottom half of the puffs with strawberry mousse.
  8. Replace the tops and dust with powdered sugar, or top with favorite chocolate topping.
  9. Serve immediately




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39 comments:

  1. That looks so yummy!! Wow!! Thanks so much for inviting me over! I am a new follower as well!!
    Jill

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  3. New follower from Foodtastic Friday. Score on marked down eclairs!
    These cream puffs would make a nice Valentine's Day dessert.

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  4. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR...I think I'm going to eat my monitor! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine's Day Party!

    Marilyn

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  5. These look so yummy, I love cream puffs. I found you via Show & Tell Saturday :D

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  6. These look delicious! I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Thanks for sharing this one. I'm visiting you via Lovely Crafty Weekend linky party and am now following you.

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    1. Laurie, thanks for the follow! I'll make sure to return the favor!

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  7. Hi Melanie,
    We are big Cream Puff Fans, your Strawberry Mousse Filling looks awesome and I can't wait to try it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
    A New Follower

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen for the follow! Hope you enjoy the cream puffs!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell today... this looks amazing and I love cream puffs!! xoxo~ Ruthie

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  9. Thanks for linking up with FFF! I pinned this! These look amazingly good!

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  10. What a yummy looking treat!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week!

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  11. These look delicious! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  12. Those look like a perfect Valentine's Day treat! I hope your giant likes them! Thanks for linking up at Printabelle!

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    1. They really are so perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for the comment!

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  13. I wanted to let you know that you were featured on my Wonderful Wednesday link up today!
    If you would like a featured button, I have them here: http://printabelle.com/?page_id=724 Thanks!

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  14. Wow these look delicious! I make dessert on Sunday for some family and friends and am always looking for a new fun recipe. These are perfect! I can't wait to try them! I'm your newest follower! I should send my sister your way, she is marrying a guy who is 6'6" in March and will need some good recipe ideas. I also have a link party going on right now I would love you to link up to! Hope to see you soon! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2013/02/what-i-learned-wednesday-44.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite and for the follow!

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  15. This sounds so good!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    You've been featured on Artsy Corner this week, so come grab a featured button :)

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  16. These Strawberry Cream Puffs look so yummy! And I am so hungry right now.. not a good combination, lol!

    Thanks for sharing at my link party last weekend @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

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  17. wow, so yummy. I am so impressed that you make your own puffs - pastry has always intimidated me!
    Not sure if you have heard, but would love for you to come join our link party. We give away free ad space every week to one random link party-goer. http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-20/

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    1. Jocie, these are surprisingly easy to make! I'll make sure to link up! Thanks for the invite!

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  18. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are have a great Valentine weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  19. Thank you for linking up at craft, create & inspire linky party last weekend !

    Your yummy recipe is featured this weekend !

    Hope you will join us again !!

    Claire @ Polkadotpretties x

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    1. Claire, thanks for the feature! All the features look so great!

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  20. Looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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