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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Pull Apart Herb Rolls with S.A.L.T. Sisters

 

As October comes to an end, thoughts turn to November which automatically makes me think of all that I am thankful for.  I am beginning to plan the items I will make for our family’s Thanksgiving feast and of course I’ve already begun my Christmas shopping.  As I think on these upcoming events, I am reminded of how blessed I am.  How I have so many loving people in my life.  I am reminded how important it is to reach out and show love to someone in need.  Maybe its a coworker, the next door neighbor, or your child’s teacher or coach.  Maybe you’ve wanted to reach out but didn’t know how.  My thought is that food is a wonderful key to open the door to a persons heart and that is why we have a special recipe for you along with a special announcement.

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Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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