December 15, 2016

Yiaourti Me Meli ~ filled Profiteroles (gf)

EJ-cinnamonhoney (14)Since I had nothing better to do, I decided to make croquembouche for this month’s Improv Cooking Challenge. bahahaha! Not really – I stacked up some cinnamon cream puffs filled with Greek yogurt and drizzled honey all over them. (then attempted to photograph them before the cat tried to topple my tower…)EJ-cinnamonhoney (6)

For a couple years now the hubster likes a bowl of Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey & frozen mixed berries before turning in for the night. Little did he know that he was “knocking-off” that famous Greek dessert called “Yiaourti Me Meli” – yogurt and honey (well, minus the walnuts and plus the berries…)

I decided to dress it up a little in a cinnamon profiterole and top it with a bit more honey.

This was my first attempt at pâte à choux using Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out. I will definitely be making more gf puffs in the future!

FageI started by making the yogurt so the flavors could blend together. I used 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup local honey & 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

EJ-cinnamonhoney (4)With that resting in the fridge, I went to work on the profiteroles.

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Cinnamon Pâte à Choux

1 cup water
½ c. butter (if using unsalted, add a pinch of kosher salt)
½ t. cinnamon
1 c. Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

  • (It’s easier to assemble ingredients before starting, because the process goes fast!) Break the eggs into a spouted measuring cup. Preheat oven to 425°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • Combine the water, butter and cinnamon in a saucepan, bring to a rolling boil.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously.
  • Transfer the dough to the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat for a couple minutes until it’s cooled to below 125°F.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time on medium speed; scrape the bowl after each addition.
  • After the last egg, beat the dough a couple minutes until it holds a peak.
  • Scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop. (Allow space for the puffs to expand.)
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until the dough has risen and the pastries are a medium golden brown. (They should sound hollow if you tap them…) Remove the pastries from the oven, make a small slit in the top of each, and return them to the oven for another 5 minutes, to allow the steam to escape.
  • Transfer the puffs to a rack to cool.
  • When they are cool enough to handle, split each one in half to air out the centers, which will help keep the pastries from becoming soggy.
  • Fill the bottom half of the profiterole with the yogurt mixture then replace the top. Dip  in honey and form stack on a serving plate. Drizzle with more honey.
  • Serve immediately; refrigerate any leftovers.

Yield: 2 dozen puffs

EJ-cinnamonhoney (12)They were quite tasty! To see recipes for more tasty cinnamon & honey dishes, click on the links below:

November 17, 2016

caramel apple butter pecan “star bread”

EJ-nutsWere I to live a thousand years I’d never be able to try out all my Pinterest pins!  But this month with our Improv Cooking Challenge ingredients being Nuts & Caramel, I was able to knock out three of them!EJ-nuts

The recipe for the slow cooker caramel apple butter I slightly adapted from here. The sweet roll dough recipe I’ve had for years, but you can find a good one here. And finally, the inspiration for the “star bread” was from this pin. EJ-nutsOHMYGOODNESS! This stuff tastes soooooooooooooo good!EJ-nuts

I love this dough – it’s so easy to work with…EJ-nuts

Unfortunately, I had to leave unexpectedly & the bread ended up raising for almost two hours! It overpowered my baking stone. Fortunately the parchment bore the brunt of the mess.20161107_061247

 

We also made pecan waffles to use up some leftover caramel…PicMonkey Collage

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