Blood Orange Creme Puffs
This is a french style choux a la creme (called a creme puff in english) with a twist! Instead of the usual plain whipped cream filling, this has an exotic and sophisticated blood orange tea flavor. This light and fluffy desert makes for a perfect party treat!30 m 15
- The choux paste:
- 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup whole milk
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- The filling:
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5-6 adagio Blood Orange tea bags (do not throw away tea bags after use∗)
- 2 or 3 or 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar (the amount depends on the perfect sweetness level for you!
- Dust powdered sugar over the puffs OR
- For the drizzle:
- ⅓ to ⅔ cup icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
Positioning a rack in the lower third of the oven, preheat to 400°F
In a small bowl measure the sifted flour and set aside.
In a large saucepan combine the water, whole milk, butter, and salt. Bring the mixture to a full boil over medium heat. Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Continue to cook and stir the mixture for about 1 minute to eliminate excess moisture. The butter may leak out of the mixture a bit, which is fine; this only means that the moisture is evaporating. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When it is cold, beat in the eggs 1 at a time with a wooden spoon, or on low speed with a mixture. Make sure that the egg is fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth before adding the next egg. Beat the dough until it is very smooth and shiny. The choux paste can be covered and refrigerated for up to 4 hours. When the paste is cold you do not need to bring it to room temperature before shaping.
Scoop the paste into a pastry bag fitted with a ½ inch plain tip. Shape the paste into smooth round shapes (roughly 30 puffs) on 2 non-stick baking sheets, or baking sheets with cooking mats on them. Make sure that the puffs are placed at least 2 inches apart.
Bake the puffs for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until golden brown and very firm to the touch. Turn off the oven.
Pole the bottom of each puff (you can do this with a toothpick), turn upside down on the baking sheet and let dry in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool at room temperature.
Prepare the filling. Heat the double cream to a simmer. Turn off heat and add the Adagio Blood Orange tea bags. Steep until desired taste is achieved and remove tea. Let cool completely. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the heavy cream. Whip until soft peak appear. Place whipped cream into a piping bag.
In the same area as the hole placed on the bottom of the puffs before with the toothpick, insert the tip of the piping bag and fill the puffs with the filling until you can see and feel that they are full. You may see the puff expanding a little bit, and they will feel slightly heavier.
Dust the top with powdered sugar, or use the blood orange drizzle. To make the drizzle gradually add the blood orange juice to the icing sugar. Add enough juice so that you have a thick but drizzle-able consistency.
Enjoy the puff pastries!
∗After using the tea bags in the cream, rinse the tea bags with water until it runs clear and place on an open surface to dry out completely. Once dry, cut open the tea bags and sprinkle the tea leaves onto fruit trees and plants for a natural fertilizer.