Chef Delphin taught us his method of making pâte à choux in a mixer instead of mixing, mixing, mixing like mad on the stovetop. It worked wonderfully, of course.
Here is the "mashed potato" stage: water, butter and salt have been brought to a boil (butter completely melted) and added to the flour. It really does look exactly like mashed potatoes! Sixteen eggs are also ready to go into the dough.
|mashed potato stage|
|eggs at the ready|
|adding the eggs|
|smooth, shiny, beautiful!|
Here are Chef's samples for us to copy. They're perfect...might be hard to live up to that!
|Chef's samples...very nice|
|looking good so far...|
|mine look just like Chef's...I wish! Better keep practicing.|
After sis-in-law and I piped three trays of pâte à choux, we made a recipe of Almond Cream filling and piped it into tiny tart shells.
|tiniest tart shells I've ever seen, filled with almond cream|
|almond cream tartlets baked and turned out of the tins|
The class has been busy. Here are all of our puffs and éclairs, waiting to be filled. Wow, that's a lot of puffs!
|are we really going to fill all of these?|
|éclairs, waiting to be filled|
|more puffs - the ovals are for the swans|
Sis-in-law and I preparing the fruit tarts. Each piece of fruit is dipped into an apricot glaze and then placed on top of the tiny tart.
|we only had about 80 to do...how long would hundreds or thousands take?|
|it was slow going, but we're almost done|
|meanwhile, Chef made these beauties with lemon curd and meringue|
|it's all about the presentation...they are pretty adorable all lined up in their little paper cups|
Everyone in class is done now. All together we made the tiny tartlets, swans filled with Chantilly cream; two types of éclairs filled with coffee and chocolate flavored pastry cream; and creme puffs filled with four types of flavored pastry cream: rum, cherry, orange and hazelnut. They all look so nice!
|swans filled with Chantilly cream|
|filled with orange pastry cream and topped with fondant icing|
|filled with rum flavored cream and topped with caramel|
|filled with cherry flavored pastry cream, topped with fondant icing and drizzled with chocolate|
|boxed up to take home|
|the tiny ones are so cute!|
|a solitary swan...|
Bye for now...