Eclairs, Puffs, (Pate A Choux)

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8 ounces (1 cup) water

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

4 ounces (1 stick of butter) unsalted butter, cut up

5 ounces (1 cup), scant all-purpose flour

5 eggs, large

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and fit a pastry bag with  a pastry bag with a plain 1/2-inch round tube.Combine water,salt,sugar, and butter in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil and add flour all at once.  Stir vigorously for 2 minutes over medium heat until well amalgamated and mixture pulls away form side of pan. Transfer to bowl of electric mixer and beat for 3 to 4 minutes at low-speed to cool mixture.  Add eggs one at a time, making sure each in incorporated before adding the next one. Beat at medium-high speed until mixture is smooth and shiny. Transfer to pastry bag and pipe into desired shapes (see next page). Bake for 20 minutes or until well puffed and golden.

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Argry Birds Birthday Theme

Angry Birds, must admit that I did not know much about the characters. The request for an Angry Bird themed birthday cake was one I could not turn down because it came from none other than one of my favorite students. Like I always say, some of your best ideals and inspirations will come from your customers. So for me, it was not simple. You see, I did not want to disappoint the birthday boy or his friends. I knew they would be looking for “Bad Piggies.” They like to party, their dance moves are always on point, they can build things. Hmm…I knew I had to include “Red Bird,” “Blue Jake,” “Chuck (Yellow Bird),” “Bubbles (Orange Bird),” and my personal favorite- “King Pig!”

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The cake was four layers of white cake covered with chocolate frosting on the inside. I did take a chance and worried that perhaps the chocolate would show through the white fondant but I was lucky! Everything on the cake was edible, including the sling shot. I used fondant which I don’t usually use for a children’s cake but I wanted to have a clean, sheer finish. Remember, purchase high quality fondant. Also, I use only the best ingredients.  For the image on the cake I used a Epison printer and edible ink.

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Piggies?

These green guys have a lot going for them. They like to party, their dance moves are always on point, they can build things. Absolutely nothing suspicious here!