Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Chocolate Hazelnut Creme Puffs

Wayward Weekend #2 is still open! Oh, and today's my husband's birthday

Last year for Valentine's Day, I saw Paula Deen make this and I decided to give it a shot: chocolate creme puffs with a homemade hazelnut filling.

To make creme puffs, you start with water, butter and salt, and heat them to a boil. Then you add the dry ingredients.

You stir those until it forms a dough ball, and let it cool 5 minutes.

Then you beat in the eggs one at a time until it's well mixed and glossy:

I didn't have a piping set at the time (though I do now--Merry Christmas to me!), so I used the old kitchen standby: a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.

And then you pipe them. If you're using a real piping set, a star tip can make these extra pretty. And honestly, they need all the help they can get . . .

Then you bake them at 375 F--and according to my friend Annette Lyon in her cookbook Chocolate Never Faileth, do NOT use a convection setting, because the cream puffiness depends on heat radiating from the bottom up.

He IS always watching

Mine didn't puff up a ton—in fact, if I remember correctly, I kept sticking them back in the oven because I was convinced they weren't done. (They turned out just fine.)

For the hazelnut filling, you toast the hazelnuts and then grind them up. You add in powdered sugar and chocolate. I didn't have quite 5 ounces of chocolate, so I skimped a little there (I know, I know, terrible of me. I probably ate the rest of the chocolate.)

The result looked a little grainy—it's definitely not Nutella—but actually tasted very smooth and rich. Mine ended up on the dry side because I was short on chocolate, but it was still very tasty.

Cut the creme puffs in half and spoon or spatula the filling inside and voila!

What's your favorite Valentine's treat?


Sarah said...

Holy YUM!!!!!

Brave Brooke said...

Those look way tasty!

Just Jaime said...

These look so good! I love hazelnut!

blackheartbetty said...

Sounds heavenly!

Heather Landry said...

They sound delicious!!! You're forgiven for eating the chocolate early. LOL

Brandi said...

I love hazelnuts too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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