Cream puff rings with a pistachio cream filling.
I ate two already.
I've made cream puffs many times. A few of those times were mildly disastrous. "Mildly" is an understatement. I've detailed that history here.
But these I thought turned out rather well. I like the ring shape versus the traditional round. It's cute.
|The poop shaped ones. oops.|
1 recipe of cream puff dough (found in this post)
1, 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened (no fat free cream cheese, please)
150 g. pistachio paste*
1 cup powdered sugar
1, 8 oz pkg. cool whip (gasp! I know. If you want to whip up 1 cup of whipping cream instead, do it)
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Make the cream puff rings:
1) Preheat your oven to 450F. Place racks in upper and lower thirds. Grease two baking sheets, or line with a silpat baking mat. Fit a piping bag with a Wilton 4B tip, and fill with cream puff dough. Pipe rings on the baking sheet that are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, about 1 inch apart.
2) Place sheets in oven, bake for 15 minutes at 450F, until rings are puffed and golden. Turn oven heat down to 300F. Rotate pans, and continue to bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for at least 20 minutes before filling.
Make the filling:
1) Beat together the cream cheese, pistachio paste, and powdered sugar until creamy (about 4 minutes on medium speed). Fold in cool whip. Place filling in a piping bag fit with a medium round tip (like the Wilton 12 tip).
1) with a small knife, make 3 small holes spaced evenly apart in the bottom of each ring. Pipe filling into ring through those holes until filled completely.
2) Drizzle with chocolate and sprinkle with pistachios, or dust with powdered sugar. Or heck, do both- life is short.
These are best served the same day they are made, but they can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days (however the cream puff shells will get softer the longer they live).
*My grandparents brought back some pistachio paste from Sicily (they took a sweet cruise that I'm definitely jealous of a bit ago), which is what I used in this recipe. However, you can find pistachio paste online, you just have to shop around on google for a bit.