Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ice-Cream Puffs...

Every once and awhile I cook. Seriously. It is only every once and awhile. After feeding seven children and one husband for years, I decided enough was enough. My sweet husband backed me up on this one. He figured I had done some hard time, so, generally speaking, for the last couple of years we've gone out to lunch and dinner on a regular basis. Some of my best friends are the servers & cashiers at Wahoo's, Rumbi's, Schlotzsky's, Qdoba and Noodles & Company. ;o) We see them all on a regular basis. Today the Schlotzsky manager took me, my daughter, and a friend out to lunch on his dime -- told me he appreciated my business. Now, that's a friend worth knowing!

Tonight the missionaries from our church are coming for dinner. When we invite them to dinner, I try to do it up proper and make them a nice home-cooked meal. Sometimes "home-cooked" sounds really good -- even to me. We're having chicken fajitas with fresh tomatoes and cilantro from my garden, homemade salsa and guacamole with chips, cornbread with homemade jam, and a salad. Dessert, however, is going to be the pièce de résistance. I'm making ice-cream filled cream puffs. A couple of weeks ago we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder and had the delightful delicacy to the right for dessert. My son took a photo of it with his I-phone. It was delicious. Extraordinarily delicious. So...I figured I would make my own version tonight for dessert. Cream puffs are so easy to make. Some people assume that they are difficult or time consuming to concoct, but they are such a cinch! Anyway, here is the recipe for the puff, then just fill it with your favorite ice cream, top with drizzled chocolate, and add a little whipped cream to the side. (Note: For the drizzled chocolate topping I use a container of chocolate frosting -- heated in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then I stir it well, dip the spoon into the frosting and drizzle away!)

1 cup water
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, heat water, butter, and salt until the water boils and the butter melts. Remove from heat and vigorously stir in flour all at once until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Put in a mixer and add eggs to flour mixture one at a time, beating after each addition until the mixture is smooth and satiny.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a large cookie sheet and drop batter onto cookie sheet by heaping tablespoon. (Makes about nine 3" cooked puffs.)
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden, then turn off the oven and let the puffs remain in the oven another 15 minutes. (This gives them a more crispy texture -- delish!) Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  • Just before serving cut puffs in half horizontally with a long serrated knife. Put a scoop of your favorite ice cream in the puff and drizzle with heated chocolate frosting. You might want to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream on the side.
Here are some photos of the Ice-Cream Puffs I made today. Hopefully they will inspire you to make your own. It's a fun, easy dessert that will add a little something special to any meal...


Kristi said...

I've had your puffs before, many a time! YUM! but never with ice cream. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am excited to see if I can make them.

MiaKatia said...

I think we will have those for breakfast this morning!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh. Those look so good! Makes me want to be a missionary again. :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I just was in Richmond, at Beard Papa's, google it. Amazing place. Had a wonderful cream puff.

Forgot how easy these are to make, so maybe when the temps come down to normal I will fire up the oven.

Thanks for sharing.


Renee said...

Luckiest elders ever.

C-ingspots said...

Oooh my, those look delightful! And, so very pretty too. Amazing how something that looks so decadent could actually be fairly simple to make. Maybe one of these days, I'll get brave enough to give it a shot. Impress some of my friends with my culinary expertise!! :) Now, that is a hoot!! Thanks!!

Tolentreasures said...

Wow, I have not made cream puffs in MANY years. Hope that you had a nice dinner with the missionaries. At our house, hubby cooks or dinner out...great system!