Spotty Logic (spottylogic) wrote,
Spotty Logic
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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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