Gluten-free Vanilla Rose Cream Puff and Eclair recipe

June 1st, 2011 yum Posted in Blog Event, Chocolate, Dairy, Eggs, Gluten Free Blogs, Gluten Free Recipes, Party Food, custard 19 Comments »


When I heard this month that the theme for the Gluten-free Ratio Rally was Pate a Choux I was happy, but I’d already made versatile mocha and peanut butter eclairs a few years before, so I thought it wouldn’t be a new project, exactly. Little did I know how amazingly versatile pate a choux really is! You can make sweet cream puffs, savory gougeres (french cheese puff balls), and even CHURROS with this dough. Churros? Wow. I thought I would never have churros in my life, to be honest. Well, sorry to disappoint, but I didn’t make them this time, either. I wasn’t feeling up to the deep frying with a toddler underfoot. But I did think that cream puffs would be a lovely treat, after so many years pining after the popular shu-cream at Beard Papa in Japan. One little cream puff stand in the basement food court could make an entire department stores filled with the aroma of sweet, eggy vanilla and cream, and even though I rarely am envious of gluten-foods, these treats were one thing that made me sigh a little to myself. But no more! For this challenge, I came up with a sweet Vanilla Rose Cream puff filling and even an accompanying rose custard. I was initially intending to fill the cream puffs with the custard, but I decided I wanted something more airy, so I went with the whipped cream variety. I am really intrigued by the idea of making dairy-free cream puffs and filling (coconut oil and coconut milk for the whip?) but didn’t have time, so for now, I share these recipes with you for a classic eclair and a floral, spring-inspired cream puff. I hope you enjoy.

Baby Yum was quite intrigued by the rose pudding and stalked it until she couldn’t stand it any more and just dove in for a snack. She also got into the melted chocolate later, but alas, I didn’t get a photo of the amazing chocolate dipped baby. Here’s evidence of the great custard capture:


This month’s Ratio Rally is hosted by Erin of the Sensitive Epicure.

Wondering what this ratio thing is all about? Shauna the Gluten-free Girl started this rally to encourage gluten-free bakers to use scales to measure ingredients, with the argument that it helps take the guesswork out of baking and corrects for the problem of different baking (and measuring) styles. The cutie patootie scale I use is pictured on the right. I got it at Amazon, like most things in my kitchen. I don’t know if I am ready to jump into using my scale for every recipe yet, but it is kind of fun spending quality time with my scale in the kitchen. Try it and see what you think!

For more amazing gluten-free recipes using pate a choux, see the recipes by
My fellow Ratio Rally Bakers*:

*oops, initially the links were wrong for a few of these blogs on top. I fixed the ones I found- let me know if any are still broken links!

Gluten-free Pate a Choux Recipe
Ingredients
200g water or milk (I used milk)
120g shortening or butter (I used butter)
3g salt (I used salted butter so left out)
15g sugar for sweet pastry
60g sorghum flour
60g cornstarch or potato starch
60g tapioca starch
300g eggs (for my supposedly large eggs it took around 6 eggs and 1 extra egg white)
Directions
Pre-measure flours and other ingredients so they are ready and waiting.
Put your liquid, butter, salt and sugar in a pot on the stove on medium to medium high and bring to a full boil. Take the pot off the stove and dump in all your flour, stirring with a heavy-duty spoon. I like to use my wooden spoons for this. Mix completely and turn down the heat to low. Return the pan to the stove, stirring the heavy dough constantly until it forms a ball and leaves the sides of the pan. I put my dough in a standing mixer but if you are buff or want an arm workout, you can do the next step in the pan. Mix the dough on a low speed (or with your buff arm muscles) until the dough has cooled down to at least 140f (60c). Then you can add your eggs, one at a time, beating each one in on medium speed until it is completely mixed in, and then adding the next one. You can use your paste right away or cool it in the refrigerator overnight. I cooled it overnight.

To bake, preheat oven to 425f. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can use a dab of dough as glue to keep the sheet stuck to the pan, or not.

Put the paste in a sturdy freezer safe ziploc bag and cut a hole out of the corner. You can use pastry tips if you have them. I don’t, so I just use the 1/2 inch hole in the bag as my “tip.”

To make eclairs, pipe 4 inch logs onto the pan. To make cream puffs, pipe or spoon out golf-ball sized spheres onto the baking sheet.

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then, without opening the oven door, lower heat to 375 and bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden brown. Better to overbake than underbake! When the eclairs or cream puffs look really browned and sturdy, you can open the oven door and turn each one over, piercing the bottom with a toothpick. For my best results, I turned off my (gas) oven and let them sit in the oven and presumably come down in temperature before taking them out.

Notes
About half of my cream puffs looked pretty, and the rest cracked prior to taking them out. The non-cracked ones stayed inflated. The eclairs I took out too soon, so they deflated.
Vanilla Custard Recipe and chocolate sauce for eclairs
Dessert  Dairy  French  
Ingredients
3 cups milk
1 vanilla bean cut in half horizontally, or teaspoon vanilla
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoons butter

Chocolate sauce for eclairs:
3 squares your favorite chocolate
1 tbsp. butter
*if you use bittersweet chocolate, add powdered sugar to taste

Directions
Prepare filling by combining milk and vanilla and heat on medium-low until just before it starts to boil. Take off burner and let sit for 15 minutes. Whisk together eggs, cornstarch, and sugar in a large bowl until you have a light yellow, creamy sauce. Add 1/4 cup of your warm milk, pouring in gradually and whisking as you pour. Then add the rest in a slow, continuous stream, whisking. Pour back in sauce pan and bring to a low simmer , whisking all the while. When it starts to thicken, take your pan off the burner, whisking like mad. As it cools, add your tablespoon of butter and let it melt into the sauce. When it is no longer too hot, cover with saran wrap or wax paper so it can’t form a skin. Put in refrigerator as soon as it is not burning hot, or put the pan in an ice bath to cool it enough to place it on your refrigerator rack.

For the chocolate sauce, combine chocolate with butter in a microwavable dish and nuke at 30 second intervals, stirring after each time until it is a smooth, melted sauce. Don’t overcook! If your chocolate is bitter, you can add sifted powdered sugar and whisk in to sweeten.

For assembling eclairs, pipe custard inside the eclair OR if your eclairs have deflated, slice them neatly in half horizontally and either pipe or use knife to fill. Dip in chocolate sauce and then let harden on a cooling rack. If it is a hot day you could do this in a tupperware in the refrigerator- I hate to have custard out at room temperature for long! Enjoy!

Rose Whipping Cream filling for Cream Puffs
Dessert  French  
Ingredients
at least 1 cup whipping cream (more depending on how many cream puffs you are making)
1 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2-2 tsp. rose water (to taste- I bought mine at an Indian market)

*rose petals/ buds (*optional garnish found at Middle Eastern markets)
Your favorite jam. I used cherry-plum

Powdered sugar
optional: rose custard to serve

Directions
Put whipping cream and powdered sugar in a bowl and whip to stiff peaks. Gently fold in rose water. Start with a small amount and add more to taste.

To assemble your cream puffs, slice in half horizontally. Put a thin layer of your jam inside the cream puff and then fill with the rose water whipped cream. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. If desired, you can dip the underside of your rose petals in the whipped cream and gently attach them to the top of the cream puff for decoration.

I served mine with rose custard on the side, in case there wasn’t enough rose-flavored goodness involved.

Vanilla Rose Pudding
Dessert  French  
Ingredients
6 egg yolks
1 tbsp cornstarch
50 g sugar
1 tbsp. edible dried rose petals or rose buds (from Middle Eastern market)
3 tbsp rose water (or more to taste)
500 ml drinking milk (whatever percent your family drinks)
100 ml heavy cream
1 vanilla pod, cut in half and then cut horizontally with seeds scraped
1/2 tsp vanilla (to taste)

Directions
Whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and rose water together in a bowl until smooth. Put your milk and cream, split vanilla pod and rose petals or rosebuds in a saucepan on medium-low heat and take off heat before it reaches a boil. Let milk steep for fifteen minutes or so and then pour over your egg yolk mixture through a strainer, whisking together as you do so. Return the combined egg and milk mixture to your sauce pan and heat on low until it thickens. Remove from heat and let cool. Once no longer hot, put a layer of plastic on top of the custard so it does not form a skin and refrigerate. To serve, garnish with edible rose petals. Can be used as a cream puff filling, but I preferred rose water whipped cream for this.
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Alternative Daring Baker Challenges: Gluten-Free Lemon Vanilla Tuiles with Vanilla Custard Recipe

January 29th, 2009 yum Posted in Cookies, Dairy, Daring Baker, Dessert, Valentine Day, Vanilla, custard 16 Comments »

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

After last month’s exhausting and extraordinarily rich yule log recipe, I was really relieved that this month’s recipe was much simpler, and also lower in calorie. Our instructions were as follows:
- use one of the batters given to make a tuile
- shape it either prior (using a stencil) or right after baking and
- pair it with something light; fruit, sorbet, a mousse, or maybe even a fruit soup, think glazes or dips…..
-And finally, bend it, shape it, anyway you want it!

I loved the butterfly example that we were given to inspire us, and perhaps next time I’d make butterflies, but since Valentine’s Day is coming, I thought it would be fun to make heart shaped cookies. After all the chocolate last month, the idea of making them with delicate lemon and vanilla flavoring really appealed to me. And, when I started thinking of light sauces or creamy desserts, somehow vanilla custard called my name. Luckily I had a lot of beautiful whole vanilla beans thanks to a Costco find. The wonderful thing about working with fresh vanilla is that it makes the whole house, and your skin smell absolutely delicious. The cookies were quite easy to convert to gluten-free simply by subbing a gluten-free flour, and I didn’t even really feel the need to add xanthan gum. The only trouble I ran into is that after taking the whole (half batch) out of the oven, I was only able to shape about half of them as the rest cooled and hardened. Next time I’d probably cut the parchment paper so I could take half out and leave the rest in to stay warm. The stencil part was pretty easy and fun too- I caniballized half of a (huge) silicon baking sheet that I had to make my hearts. I’d always hated the baking sheet and found it way too big to work with. Now I still have a smaller baking sheet, if I want to use it, but I also have a sheet of cute heart stencils as well. Yay! And it didn’t cost a dime. For my shaping tools, I folded cardboard in half to make triangle shaped cooling racks. It worked fine, at least while the tuiles were still warm. I used some strawberry jam as a red fruit element for topping the custard- it wasn’t as smooth as I might have liked, but it was fun to play with.

The DH proclaimed the cookies a huge success. They were definitely easy enough to make again. I have lots of ideas for the future as far as flavoring goes, too. There is a scrumptious sounding savory option I’d love to try.. but for sweets, I think I’d enjoy trying to make lavendar-vanilla tuiles. Honey, almond, or anise flavorings would be lovely as well.

Unlike some Daring Baker Challenges, this is really one that is very doable and fun, and yields impressive results. I’d love to try making cone shaped tuiles, basket shapes, or even fortune cookie tuiles like some of my Daring Baker peers. I hope you’ll take the time and look at some of our other Daring Bakers’ creations- there are so many interesting, creative approaches to the challenge!

Check out my other completed Daring Baker Challenges:
GF Yule Log
GF Vegan Pizza
GF Eclairs
GF Danish
GF DF Cheesecake Pops
GF Vegan Party Cake

Vanilla Custard Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups low-fat (1%) milk
1 3-inch piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 large egg

Directions
Put milk in a heavy saucepan and add the seeds from your vanilla bean and then the whole bean. Heat but do not let come to a boil. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Whisk egg in and then begin adding hot milk, whisking it in slowly. When it is entirely added into the pan, pour it back into the pan and bring to a boil on the stove and let thicken. Chill and enjoy.
Gluten-Free Lemon Vanilla Tuile Recipe
Ingredients

Recipe:
Yields: 20 small hearts/6 large (hearts are just an example)
Preparation time batter 10 minutes, waiting time 30 minutes, baking time: 5-10 minutes per batch

65 grams / 1/4 cup / 2.3 ounces softened butter (not melted but soft)
60 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.1 ounces sifted confectioners sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.3 ounces sifted Gluten-free flour mix such as Bette Hagman’s Gourmet Blend*
1 tsp. lemon flavoring
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet

Oven: 180C / 350F

*Bette Hagmans Gourmet Blend, mixed in bulk:
3 cups white rice flour
1 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch flour

Directions
Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Add the lemon flavoring. Be careful to not overmix.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the heart. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes.

Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape. These cookies have to be shaped when still warm, you might want to bake a small amount at a time or maybe put them in the oven to warm them up again. (Havent tried that). Or: place a bakingsheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable.

If you dont want to do stencil shapes, you might want to transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Pipe the desired shapes and bake. Shape immediately after baking using for instance a rolling pin, a broom handle, cups, cones.

Notes
This was a recipe taken from a book called The Chocolate Book, written by female Dutch Master chef Anglique Schmeinck.

To make my heart stencils, I traced a heart shape onto half of a silicon baking sheet (that I didn’t like) and cut them out.

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