Pate a Choux Dough – Eclairs

Like so many, I have become absolutely obsessed with The Great British Bake Off.  My husband and I began binge watching it over the Christmas holiday and have now completed five seasons.  We are completely hooked and it has awoken in me a deep desire to bake every possible French pastry or classic British dessert.  A quick text was sent to Carmi and the questions were posed, first, “are you watching British Bakeoff?” second, “What do you think about trying out a few of these classic recipes and show how easy they are with the right tools (Ankarsrum Mixer)?” Lucky for everyone Carmi was completely on board so be on the lookout this year for some classic desserts.

With that said, our first offering is one I was excitedly nervous to try. Pate a Choux (pronounced Shoo) is the pastry dough used for several different creations. Cream Puffs, Profiteroles and today’s recipe, Eclairs.  I really struggled in deciding if this needed to be a recipe that went live before Valentine’s or should we stay on our predetermined timeline.  Clearly I chose to stay on our regular schedule and that was because I was excited to let you know our plans for the year. With that said, lets dive right in!

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Chocolate Pavlova Two Ways

Pavlova may seem like an intimidating dessert to make, but it is actually quite easy.  A couple years ago, we featured a Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries.  So good for spring and summer months!  But chocolate pavlova is my favorite kind of pavlova.  In fact, it is probably my favorite chocolate dessert.  The key to a good chocolate pavlova is figuring out the perfect cocoa ratio.  Cocoa powder deflates egg whites, so black cocoa powder is a must in this recipe to deliver the most chocolatey flavor and still keep that fluffy marshmallowy interior.

Since pavlova uses a lot of egg whites, making curd out of the egg yolks to top the pavlova with is a no-brainer.  This post includes a recipe for pomegranate curd and orange curd, as well as instructions for one large pavlova or smaller individual sized ones.

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Baked Falafel

This month we’ve tackled eating more veggies with cauliflower rice and the shredder attachment (bonus blog for subscribers only), adding whole grains to your diet with Spelt Oat Bread, and now we are rounding out the healthy eating New Year’s resolutions with a meatless meal using the meat mincer attachment: Baked Falafel.  That’s right, meat grinders aren’t just for meat.  You can use them to make veggie burgers, like Mushroom Walnut Burgers, or let it do all the work for you when making falafel.  And since this is about healthy eating, these falafel are baked instead of fried.

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