(I am not at home right now, and I only have access to two pictures from this process... Sorry!)
One of the reasons I joined the Daring Kitchen was to stretch my abilities as a home cook and baker. Another reason I joined was to have fun. This month's challenge was the perfect example of both!!
Kat of The Bobwhites was our August 2012 Daring Baker hostess who inspired us to have fun in creating pate a choux shapes, filled with crème patisserie or Chantilly cream. We were encouraged to create swans or any shape we wanted and to go crazy with filling flavors allowing our creativity to go wild!
Having made cream puffs before (remember the croquembouche challenge?), I was excited for a chance to make them again. But swans? I am not exactly adept with a piping bag. And I was REALLY nervous about making something so delicate. But Kat was an amazing hostess. Her mandatory items for this challenge: Make a crème-filled choux pastry in the design of your choice. Also mandatory is having a lot of fun doing it. So I didn't have to do swans, but I did have to have fun. That I can do!!
So I made ladybugs.
I dyed the choux pastry red, I filled it with dairy free chocolate pudding (Baby Girl has a milk allergy, I am lactose intolerant...), and I even added chocolate chip spots.
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Thank you so much, Kat! I really was going to attempt swans after the fun I had with the bugs, I just ran out of time... But hopefully I will make them another time and still have a great time!
If you want to have some fun of your own, look here to see what my fellow Daring Bakers created. It will blow you away!