Croquembouche 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This is a fancy French dessert of Caramel-Glazed Cream Puffs, made into a tower.

Literally named “crunch in the mouth,” croquembouche is an edible monument of caramelized pastry. –Todd Coleman

Lydia made it for our family. Time consuming, so you may want to watch Martha Stewart or the link to the video after the recipe.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

Saveuer Croquembouche

For the Pâte à Choux

12 tbsp. unsalted butter
14 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups flour
9 eggs

To Assemble

4 cups sugar

Instructions

For the pâte à choux: Heat oven to 425°. Bring butter, salt, and 1 12 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat. Remove pan from heat, add flour all at once, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a thick dough and pulls away from sides of pan, about 2 minutes. Return pan to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until dough is lightly dried, about 2 minutes more. Transfer dough to a bowl, and let cool for 5 minutes; using a wooden spoon, beat in 8 eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next. Dough will come together and be thick, shiny, and smooth.

 

This is a very involved recipe. Watch the video and see the rest of the directions at https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Croquembouche#page-2

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