Profiteroles with Peanut Butter Pastry Cream
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Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs
Peanut Butter Pastry Cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and scraped
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Brittle, crushed
For the profiteroles
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, water, butter and salt and bring to a boil. Once the mixture boils, remove it from the heat and add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until combined. Return the pan to the heat and continue to cook until the mixture forms a sort of ball, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until the temperature reaches 140°F.
2. In a small bowl, whisk one of the eggs and beat it into the warm mixture until incorporated. The mixture will separate and then return to a smooth paste as you continue to beat. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Let cool for an additional 10 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line two pans with parchment paper. Position the two racks in the oven evenly spaced apart.
4. Place the egg mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip. Or just use a freezer bag and cut off one of the corners. For each puff, pipe about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a mound. Space the mounds about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake the puffs, two pans at the same time for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes switch the position of the pans and reduce the heat to 375°F. Continue cooking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the pan.
For the peanut butter pastry cream
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and vanilla bean until small bubbles appear along the side of the pan.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Slowly whisk in the hot milk until blended. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and continue cooking over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook for 1 minute after it begins to boil. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in the peanut butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the cream and refrigerate until completely cooled.
3. Using a stand mixer, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold this whipped cream into the cooled pastry cream.
4. Using a sharp knife, cut the tops off of the cooled profiteroles. Using a piping bag or spoons, add the pastry cream to the hollow interiors, sprinkle with some of the crushed peanut brittle and replace the top.
PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY
Matt uses his peanut butter pastry cream to fill profiteroles. What other pastries would you use this cream with?
Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of White Chocolate Wonderful, the peanut butter used in this recipe
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