Croquembouche (Cream Puff Tower)

November 8, 2011

Croquembouche, sounds so fancy! Everything sounds fancier in French!

I always thought this dessert was so hard to make but was I ever wrong! It’s actually quite easy to make!! You have to try it once! At least once for me!! Then you can say that you have made a Croquembouche!

Anyways! I swear it’s easy! Do it, do ittttt!

Cream Puff recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cream-puffs/detail.aspx
Cream Filling recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/chocolate-filled-cream-puffs/detail.aspx
Caramel recipe and assembly: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/croquembouche-recipe/index.html

  • Course: Dessert
  • Servings: 20
  • Prep. time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of butter
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Cup of all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup of heavy cream
  • 3/4 Cup of icing sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 3 Cup of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon of light corn syrup
  • 1 Cup of water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. For the Cream puffs: In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Lightly brush them with water to soften the edges.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry. 2 minutes before the end, pierce them with a wooden stick to prevent them from collapsing when taken out of the oven.
  4. For the Cream Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and cocoa, beating until almost stiff. Make a small hole on the bottom of the cream buff and pipe the filling in.
  5. Put the cream puffs in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. For the Caramel and Assembly: Mix the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup water in a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat; don't stir. Uncover and boil, swirling the pan, until the syrup turns deep amber, 20 minutes.
  7. Immediately dip the bottom of the saucepan in a large bowl of ice water for a few seconds to stop the cooking.
  8. Transfer the caramel to a liquid measuring cup and cool slightly (it should still be liquid). Be careful-the caramel will still be hot!
  9. Draw a 7-inch circle on parchment paper. Partially dip each filled puff into the caramel and let the excess drip off. Arrange the puffs around the circle. If the caramel hardens, microwave until soft, 45 seconds.
  10. Fill the base circle with more puffs for stability, then continue building a conical tower of smaller circles. Top the tower with a single puff. Line your work surface with parchment paper-the next step can be messy.
  11. Dip the tip of a fork into the caramel and quickly wave it in circles around the tower to create a web of caramel strands. Repeat. Let set, then slide two spatulas under the paper and transfer the croquembouche to a platter. Tear off the excess paper around the base.
  12. To serve, crack the caramel web with the back of a knife, then dismantle the tower and transfer the cream puffs to plates.