A classic Cream Puff filled with White Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding then drizzled in Caramel.
Want to know the only downside I've encountered with trying to write back to back blog posts to celebrate #30DaysOfPumpkin? I run out of things to say.
I have lost my train of thought and have sat here for hours trying to think of something cute or funny to write. So instead, lets play a little game ok? Last night I asked my facebook followers to shoot me some questions. They could be anything at all and I would do my best to answer them.
You asked for it....
1) Is bakeaholism treatable? -Jennifer
- It's a serious illness. I've been living with it for years.
- No secrets here. I stay in shape because I balance what I eat, and I stay active. You have to realize if you see me share 4 or 5 recipes on facebook in a day... I am not eating those at that moment. I've been blogging for a long time and have a lot of recipes in my archives that I re-share from time to time. I do not cook and bake 7 days a week. Most weeknight meals for my family are healthy, quick and easy.
- Whoa. Karen.... slow down. Come look at my tub! It's far from clean. I am the WRONG person to ask for any cleaning advice. However you are in luck. My husband's, sister's, husband's, best friend says. "To get rust stains out of ceramic use baking soda mixed with water to make a paste and a soft sponge, and if not baking soda and vinegar, and a soft sponge." - Godin
- We should be friends.
- Honestly... I'd die a little inside if I ever gave up cooking.
- Two... but more to come! I have the big floral tattoo on my arm that most of you have seen. Each flower is a symbol of my 3 kids. The Morning Glory is Madelyn's. The Carnation is Chase. And the Daffodil is for Owen. That tattoo will have some more artwork added to it in the next year or so, I'd like to get a half sleeve. Then on my lower back (tramp stamp) I have a lily. Nothing special behind it. I was 18, just graduated high school and had a ton of money in my pocket. So I went to Bike Week (Weirs Beach, NH) and had some grubby biker give me a tattoo. I've often thought of perhaps changing it or adding to it because it was nothing special. But I stopped myself because it was still a moment in my life, a milestone of sorts... and I have no regrets!
- Sally.... I love you for following me and my blog. But never, ever, ever, ever.... bake donuts. They should always be fried.
- First off, thank you! I am no expert photographer. I wing every photo I do. I have an entry level DSLR and no fancy set up. My camera package brand new was $1000 three years ago. Today you can buy the same one for under $600. It's the Nikon D3100. For food photography, I'd highly recommend investing in a DSLR. It doesn't have to be new, find a camera shop near you and perhaps snag a well cared for camera. I am a Nikon fan but most of my blogging friends are die hard Cannon fans. It's a personal preference, but I'd say stick with those two brands. IF you can not find a used camera in your price range. iPhones! I have seen some really amazing photos taken with cell phones. It's crazy!
- Good question! Honestly, I needed adult interaction. I was in my third trimester with my third child stuck at home all summer. I was going CRAZY. I love food, I love to bake and I am addicted to social media. A food blog was obviously calling to me. It was a great way for me to form friendships (on the internet and in real life) with other mom's just like me. Crazy, exhausted tired mom's who love food a tad too much!
10) Did you take any courses in past that help you blog today? Baking? Cooking? Photography?
- Since starting my blog, I have been invited to some events and conferences that have really taught me a lot about blogging, baking and photography. However I learn the most from my blogging friends. There are several food blogging forums and groups where we can all ask each other questions and bounce ideas off one another.
Did you ask a question that you didn't see get answered today? Don't fret, I have 26 more #30DaysOfPumpkin posts to do.
For now we eat White Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Puffs with Caramel.
White Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Puffs with Caramel
(Recipe adapted from BHG's Cream Puffs)
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
For the pudding:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1.5 tbs cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 cups whole milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
Store bought caramel sauce is the rout I chose
Preheat oven to 400.
In a medium sauce pan add water, butter and salt. Bring to a low boil. Mix in flour and continue to mix until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Vigorously mix in each egg one at a time.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto a greased baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart. You should yield about 12. Bake for about 30 minutes or until firm and golden.
Allow to cool.
Meanwhile to prepare your pudding, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt together into a medium sauce pan. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Continuously whisk over medium/low heat until the mixture is smooth and has thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in white chocolate and pumpkin puree. Once everything is Incorporated refrigerate until chilled.
To prepare you cream puffs, cut the tops of of each puff. Remove the insides and hollow them out. Fill each cream puff with pumpkin pudding and place tops back on. Drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.