||[Aug. 17th, 2014|10:49 pm]
Last night was the "Just Desserts" bonfire at Pyro & Bob's, so I spent most of the day in the kitchen making small cream puffs / large profiteroles. I made two kinds: green tea / chocolate and strawberry / lemon, and they turned out very tasty! I have quite a few left over in the freezer (although they may be a bit soggy when thawed).|
For the strawberry lemon, I made a glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice with a couple drops of red food coloring. It took me a couple tries to get the consistency right, but I feel like I've leveled up a point in baked goods as a result. The filling was strawberry whipped cream; just puree frozen strawberries (thawed) and mix into whipped cream. Yum!
For the green tea / chocolate, I used chocolate puffs (which just requires mixing a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder into the flour for the choux paste) with matcha glaze (powdered sugar + matcha powder and a little milk) and whipped cream with cocoa and matcha powder for the filling.
I used to own a proper pastry bag and piping tips, which is essential for filling profiteroles and definitely helps for making them in the first place, but I can't find it anywhere. So I bought a cheap set of four tips and some disposable bags at the grocery store, which was sufficient for filling them, but it didn't have an appropriately large tip for making the little dough blobs. I tried cutting the corner off a ziploc bag for the second batch I baked, and it was better than dropping them with spoons, but nowhere near as good as a proper bag would have been.
The bonfire was a lot of fun, as always. Had a great time socializing with a whole bunch of good people. We really do have a whole lot of very excellent friends, in several different social circles. (And if you're reading this, you're probably one of them. You rock!)
Work is getting back into the normal flow. I put together a job description for a new student assistant to take over some of my work, and I now have a prioritization for the dozen different projects I'm working on.
And we had a half-session of Star Wars Friday night; we were missing two players (Neal and Thomas), but we were still able to do lots of recapping, info-dumping, and wild speculation.