Happy Birthday Devang!

Is it weird that my cell phone directory reads “Baby” for my husband’s number?
I entered it as such way back in the day when we started dating and haven’t quite found the need to change it.
I like to see “Baby calling” when he calls. It makes me smile every time.
I am weird. Yes.

Today is my Baby’s birthday. He has been at work since yesterday and by the time he gets home, I will already be at my work. Booo.

So, I am leaving a surprise for him in the fridge: Cream Puffs.
They are filled with sweetened whipped cream and covered with dark chocolate.
Try whipping cream with a whisk on a hot summer night. It’s a work out.

The whipping workout totally compensates for licking the chocolate bowl clean.

Happy Birthday Baby Love. Hope you like.
Save me a couple would you!

Recipe adapted from Joy of Baking

Choux Pastry:
1/2 cup bread flour

1/2 teaspoon  granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
1/2 cup water
2 large eggs lightly beaten
Egg Wash Glaze:
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon salt

Whipped Cream:

1 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
Chocolate Glaze
1 4oz dark chocolate bar, melted

Choux Pastry:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
In a bowl sift together the flour, sugar and salt. Set aside. 
Place the butter and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and, with a wooden spoon or spatula, quickly add the flour mixture. Return to heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about a minute or two). Transfer the dough to your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, and beat on low speed a minute or two to release the steam from the dough. Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the lightly beaten eggs and continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste. Spoon or pipe 12 mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing them a couple of inches apart.  Beat together the egg and salt for the glaze. With a pastry brush, gently brush the glaze on the tops of the dough. 
Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Bake for a further 30 to40 minutesor until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are dry inside. Turn the oven off and, with the oven door slightly ajar, let the shells dry out for a further 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

For whipped cream:  In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and whisk in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When chilled, whip the mixture until soft peaks form. To Assemble:  Split the pastry shells in half and fill (or pipe) with whipped cream. Place the top half of the pastry shell on the whipped cream and dust with powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar. Drizzle melted chocolate over the cream puffs. 

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