Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Green Puffs" for St. Patrick's Day

Hmmmmm....What to serve.....what to serve.... that's green!
thought you may want to try a fun "green" recipes for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day!

"Green Puffs"

A light and fun dessert or snack with a little bit of green flair.  
Who says green food can't be pretty?  It's no ordinary "Cream Puff"!

For the Filling
  • 1 small package of Pistachio pudding
  • 1 container of ready whipped topping or whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream
Mix the two ingredients together and refrigerate until filling is needed.

For the Cream Puffs
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk

Combine the water, butter, sugar, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the flour directly into the pan. Stir the mixture into a paste Return the pan to a medium heat. Stir the mixture until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and is slightly shiny, about 3 minutes.
Transfer the paste to a medium bowl, and beat with a wooden spoon until slightly cooled, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one before adding the next. Before adding the last egg, beat it in a small bowl. Adding it by tablespoons to the mixture, just until the batter is smooth and tight.

Preheat to 400 degrees and place oven rack in the middle shelf. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a large spoon to form the dough into the mounds. Smooth the tops of each puff with a fingertip dipped in water. Beat the egg yolk with a tablespoon of water and brush the surface of the puffs with the beaten yolk.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees; continue baking until golden brown and the puffs are light, and airy about 30 to 35 minutes more. Cool completely on a rack.

Cut the the puffs in half and remove the top and set the tops aside. Put a heaping tablespoon of the pistachio pudding mix in the bottom half of the cream puffs. Replace the top. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

The puffs can be made a head of time and frozen for use at a later date.

ENJOY your "Green Puffs" compliments of

Happy St. Patrick's Day!