Chocolate-Peppermint Profiteroles

Billows of peppermint cream sandwiched between pastries get a generous drizzle of rich chocolate sauce.

  • Yield: Makes about 20
Chocolate-Peppermint Profiteroles

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2010

Ingredients

FOR THE PROFITEROLES

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 or 3 large eggs

FOR THE PEPPERMINT CREAM

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make the profiteroles: Sift together flour, cocoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring milk, butter, and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and immediately stir in flour mixture using a wooden spoon. Return saucepan to medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, until dough forms and flour lumps dissolve, about 2 1/2 minutes.

  2. Transfer dough to the bowl of a mixer, and beat on medium speed until slightly cooled, about 2 minutes. Beat in 2 eggs, 1 at a time. Test dough by touching it with your finger and lifting to form a string. If string does not form, the batter needs more egg. Lightly beat remaining egg, and add to dough, 1 teaspoon at a time, testing after each addition. Beat until batter is smooth and glossy, about 2 minutes more.

  3. Using a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip, pipe about twenty 1 1/2-inch rounds of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake until puffed and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, make the peppermint cream: Bring milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. While milk is heating, whisk together yolks and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in cornstarch, 1 tablespoon at a time, until combined. Once milk starts to boil, slowly pour it into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return entire mixture to saucepan; whisk. Cook over medium-high heat until thick, about 1 1/2 minutes. Immediately remove from heat, and strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. Stir in peppermint. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of cream, and refrigerate until cool, about 1 hour.

  5. Whisk peppermint cream until smooth. Whisk heavy cream in a medium bowl until medium-stiff peaks form. Working in 2 batches, fold whipped cream into peppermint cream.

  6. Make the chocolate sauce: Heat heavy cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until butter melts. Add sugars, whisking until dissolved. Whisk in cocoa and a pinch of salt. Strain chocolate sauce through a fine sieve into a bowl. Let stand until ready to use.

  7. Assemble the profiteroles: Slice profiteroles in half horizontally. Sandwich about 1 tablespoon peppermint cream between each. Pour warm chocolate sauce over profiteroles just before serving.

  8. Peppermint cream can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Chocolate sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Add up to 1/4 cup heavy cream if too thick.)

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