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Was it worth it? I do not know...

A bit belated, but I just now got around to finishing off the photos, I had pretty near 150 photos on my camera, most of them repeated shots of things from thrift stores, but anyway...I actually finished the croquembouche I was planning to make for the pagan potluck on the Solstice.

It began with a great many cream-puffs:

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The dough was more egg than flour, almost a liquid, and you piped it in with a pastry bag. The final product baked and fluffed into a little hollow orb, which was kind of neat in and of itself--egg held together in a delicate flour matrix, it tasted more like omelette than biscuit. After they were all done and stuffed with custard, I started the assembly:

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Dunked each one into caramel at the hard crack stage, and then arranged them into a hollow cone, spackling them together with more caramel. The final product had so much caramel (and by caramel, I mean "burned solid sugar," not chewy-sweet candy) that it was kind of hard to eat, if you have a low sugar tolerance.

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I'm thinking it would have been delicious if I could have stuck them together with toffee instead of burned sugar, but that might have been too much of a good thing!

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Eventually, I finished the cone--it worked out very well, I didn't have any left over, and I didn't feel like I rushed the project or short-puffed myself. Once the cone was finished, I decorated it with angel hair--fine strands of caramel.

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I had some candy pearls and gold beads, which added an exciting element of tooth-risk to the project, but it was hard to get them to stick. Next time...in that unlikely event...I'll make a little bit of caramel icing and use that to stick decorations on, rather than drizzle MORE caramel over the puffs.

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Here's the final dessert! It turned out very pretty. When I'd assembled everything I realized that the base it was standing on looked terrible, particularly since this is a desert that's more about presentation than flavor. A lot of regret that I didn't use some gold foil, or some big stupid ribbons or something...next time, I guess. The only chance there'll be a next time is if someone asks me to make their wedding cake, though.

Wheee!

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spottedhyena
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
A diabetic's worst nightmare ;?P
spottylogic
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
A diabetic dentist's worst, for sure!
spottedhyena
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there are some dentists who wouldn't mind ;?)
luckless_willow
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
WOW! This looks fantastic! You did a really great job!

Congrats to you!
spottylogic
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Particularly from you :)
gen
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
It's too pretty to eat!
spottylogic
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of leftovers...
khime
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking the assembly of this would have made for an interesting time-lapse video to put up on YouTube. Possibly with an accompanying time-lapse of how it fared at the potluck.
poweroftiga
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
*glare* My diabetes and me hate you right now..

learn a Splenda recipied version of this!!!!!!
tenar10r
Jan. 1st, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
*marches around holding a sign* "Splenda! Splenda! Splenda!"

(Tenar hates being diabetic)
(Tenar ignores that fact sometimes in the face of fabu desserts)
Any thoughts on 12th night?

...............My Wishes for You in 2008................

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires.

May happiness slap you across the face.

May your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had forget your home address!

In simple words ...........


May 2008 be the best year of your life so far and the rest be even better!!!
spottylogic
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Very sweet :) I'll bend my mind to splenda-based desserts. Do you have any problems with wheat flour?
spottylogic
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sigh...one of the long-term tragedies of life is that there is no such thing as splenda-based caramel :(
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