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  • Chocolate Cream Puffs

    Chocolate Cream Puffs

    This dessert is visually appealing and tastes great. Who doesn’t like chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The puffs can be made ahead of time and split just before serving.

    I brought these over to our neighbors (Rick and Cindy) and we devoured them. The best part was looking at my 6 year old son (Max) afterwards. He had a chocolate ring round his mouth. What a fun time.

    Make these for your family, and see their eyes when you present them.

    Ingredients

    10 ounces semisweet chocolate
    8 tbsp warm water
    3 cups vanilla ice cream

    For the cream puffs
    ¾ cup flour
    ¼ tsp salt
    pinch of ground nutmeg
    ¾ cup water
    6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into six pieces
    3 eggs

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly butter a large baking sheet.

    To make the puffs, shift together the flour, salt, and nutmeg. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil, then remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients all at once.

    Beat with a wooden spoon for 1 minute until well blended and the mixture starts to pull away from the sides.

    Then set the pan over low heat and cook the mixture for 2 more minutes, beating constantly. Remove from heat.

    Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and set aside. Add the remaining eggs, one at a time, to the flour mixture, beating well after each egg. Add the beaten egg by teaspoonfuls until the dough is smooth and shiny. It will pull away and fall slowly when dropped from a spoon.

    Using a tablespoon, drop the dough onto the baking sheet in 12 mounds. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is well risen and browned. Turn off the oven and leave the puffs to cool with the oven door open.

    To make the sauce, place the chocolate in a double boiler, or in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Let it melt, and stir occasionally. Keep warm until ready to server, or reheat over simmering water.

    Split the cream puffs in half, and put a small scoop of ice cream in each. Arrange on a serving platter or divide among individual plates. Pour the chocolate sauce over the top and serve at once.

    Published on February 9, 2009 · Filed under: Desserts; Tagged as: , , , , , , , , ,
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