Monday, February 1, 2016

beignets della domenica

SUNDAY PASTRIES
sunday pastries
my sister
Sunday is...

a calm morning rise, coffee in bed, a few pages of a book, a slow breakfast, a kiss from my husband, a double morning kiss from my son, a bonus hug, a pair of jeans, a sweater, some music, a walk somewhere, anywhere, maybe in the woods, at the beach or just at the market. Talks, laughs, a long tel conversation with a friend, a nap on the couch, a good ol' movie on TV, some home cooking and ....pastries.  Yes, pastries! It doesn't matter if we miss out on one or two of the above but never, ever, will we fail to meet our love for Sunday pastries, even if we need to make them ourselves!

And if, on a particular Sunday, my sister and her family just happen to be over for lunch, this means that my little assistant is in town and family photography adds on top of all of the above. I don't know how long I can still manage to convince that little rascal of my nephew with all the...look here, tilt your head, look up, look down, smile, say cheese, but as you can tell by the pictures it wasn't so difficult after all. A plate of cream puffs within an easy reach did the trick.

I'd say I won his heart through his stomach.  What do you say?  

sunday pastries
sunday pastries
sunday pastries
sunday pastries
my nephew in action


Cream Puffs

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cut in pieces
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup shifted flour
4 eggs

In a medium size saucepan, bring water, butter, sugar, salt to a boil. Quickly stir in shifted flour with a wooden spoon until one big mass is formed and a film sticks to the saucepan.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 egg at a time. Stir vigorously to incorporate each egg before adding the next one.

Transfer the choux in a large pastry bag. Line baking tray with parchment paper and form rounds of pate choux on the tray. Keep a distance of 2 cm from one another. You can make them small or big, it depends on your preference.

Bake in a preheatd oven at 180ºC for 20 minutes the smaller ones, 30 minutes the bigger ones or until puffs rise and are golden brown.

For the filling, I used simple unsweetened whipped cream.

Dust a few with icing sugar.  Dip some in melted chocolate and then fill with whipped cream and dust with icing sugar.

Your choice.