Pastry Pr0n – Cream Puffs and Eclairs

DSC_0699 (1600x1060)Not the prettiest you’ll ever see but I bet they eat OK.  LOL  Mrs J made the pastry per this recipe but she made me pipe out them onto a baking tray.  She figured I was best for the job because I watched Alton Brown do it on Youtube.  She filled them with instant vanilla pudding but made me dip them in the ganache “because I always burn my fingers”.

Mini Boston cream pies

Mrs J was noodling about in the kitchen and turned these out.  No real recipe, just some yellow cake mix, a generic vanilla pudding, and some ganache loosely copied from this recipe.  We don’t keep any instant coffee around so that ingredient was eliminated.  She tasted the ganache and decided it needed some sweetener so she added a bit of Splenda.  They just came from the freezer to firm the chocolate topping in the picture.  Most excellent little things.  Most of them will go to the shelter tomorrow with Mrs J.

Christmas Eve: Turkey Dinner with Traditional Side Dishes

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Bald Eagle from my hike the other day. Wish I had my camera, not just my cell phone

Would we still have turkey if it had become our national bird  instead of the Bald Eagle?

The menu is set for Saturday.  I’m doing an Orange Glazed Turkey.  The sides will be Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Oven Baked Stuffing, Green Beans with Bacon and Onions, Spinach-Raspberry-Walnut Salad and Homemade Cranberry Sauce.  Appetizers will be Tomato-Basil Crostini, Chips w/Dip and a Raw Vegetable tray.  Dessert will be a Dark Chocolate Torte with a Dark Chocolate Ganache (this recipe with a chocolate ganache* instead of confectioner’s sugar) and Fruit Pie Cookies.

I’m still trying to decide if  I’m going to mull cider or not.

I’ll add more recipes as I go along.

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*Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 6 oz heavy cream

Double boiler (I use a metal bowl over a saucepan with about an 1 inch of water)

Place chocolate and cream in top of boiler, bring water in bottom half to a boil, reduce heat to med-high and let chocolate melt, stirring occasionally. When completely melted, remove from heat and stir until cream and chocolate are completely mixed. Let cool and pour over cooled cake.

Mrs J’s Famous White Chocolate Pie

Well…Mrs J made it.  She was watching a cooking show and saw the host make one, looked good so she decided to give it a whirl.  Here’s the recipe she used. I had the easy part, just clicked pics as the recipe progressed.  They are not in any particular order and I mostly didn’t know just what she was doing or why but assumed it was all part of the plan.  Probably missed a step or two, I’ll caption what I can recognize.  Mrs J mentioned the recipe called for a regular pie crust but a comment on the recipe page said that the graham cracker crust was better.  She went that route.

Enjoy!

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