Friday, June 6, 2008

A Choux Shoe for HHDD!

Hay Hay Its Donna Day is a food event created by Barbara from WinosandFoodies and now taken care by Bron Marshall. When I found that Suzana was hosting this month I knew I wanted to participate. She made a great choice: choux! It's so versatile, it can be sweet or savory, can have many shapes, filled with so many different things, be part of cakes, be fried, etc. Well done Suzana! As the deadline for the entries was aproaching (next monday the 9th) I decided to do something today. At first I had no idea what I was going to do, so I started repeating "choux... choux... choux..." waiting for some inspiration. Nothing... I could only think of the obvious stuff like profiteroles or St. Honoré.... I kept repeating "choux, choux, choux" and then realized I was saying shoe instead of choux.

So I though "Hey I could do a choux shoe!" "Well that's just stupid... Why would I want to do a choux shoe? Just because how it sounds?" I was still thinking.... "But that's a perfectly good reason" You can see that I think a lot. Anyway I decided to give it a shot, so here they are, my choux shoes not so great for walking but sure great for eating!

  • CHOUX SHOES

  • Choux paste (I've used the one Suzana had on her blog from Donna Hay's magazine, Issue 35)

  • 1 cup (8 fl oz) water (240 ml)
  • 100 grs (3 ½ oz) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (112 ½ grs / 4 oz) plain all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (360ºF). Place the water and butter in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cook, stirring over low heat until the mixture leaves the side of the pan. Remove from the heat. Place in an electric mixer and beat on high, gradually adding the eggs until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with 12mm (½ in) plain nozzle and pipe shoes (oval shape blobs) onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool on wired racks.

  • Orange pastry cream on the microwave

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a bowl put and mix everything together with a wisk (except the butter) and take 1 minute to the microwave. Mix again with the wisk, and take to the microwave for 30 seconds periods until it gets thick and creamy, allways mixing with the wisk. It will take in total 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and mix until melted. Cover with plastic wrap to avoid a skin on top and allow to cool before filling the shoes.

I filled the shoes with the cream cutting the top part and then dipped the bottom with melted milk chocolate. I've then made laces with the chocolate and arranged a few chopped pistachios on top of the cream.

Wanna walk in my shoes? Or maybe you prefer to eat them... I don't blame you!

UPDATE: Here is Suzana's round-up!

27 comments:

Suzana said...

Chouette!! Obrigada, thanks, merci por participares neste HHDD. :)

Indigo said...

A choux shoe has the be the single best thing I've ever heard of - I love it!! And they're so cute, with the little laces, hehe!

Emiline said...

Ha- cute! So creative-

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Suzana- Foi um prazer!

Indigo- The laces also did it for me, lol!

Emiline- Thanks, I like your new picture by the way!

Prudy said...

Wouldn't those be adorable at a baby shower? Love the birthday cake below, too!

Jaime said...

wow, that is so cute!!!

Lisa said...

All I can say is wow! You are so creative that I wish I were in your shoes:) Serously, they also look delicious!

Ann said...

These are SO adorable! For a new mother or a baby shower? You're so talented. Love 'em!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Prudy- That's a great idea!

Jaime-Thanks!

Lisa- Oh that was sweet of you!

Ann- Yes, Prudy also thought of that. It's not comun to have babyshowers here, so I haven't though of that...

Jenny said...

I love your site! What an adorable idea with those little shoes. Love it!

Lisa said...

What an awesome idea! I love it!!! A choux 'shoe' that tastes great. THAT should be on a menu at a Sam Mason or Wylie DuFresne restaurant!

Zen Chef said...

A choux shoe!? That's wacky, I love it! Haha.
Wacky is 'fou' in French so now you could even call it a 'Fou chou shoe' or Foochooshoe. Here you go, you just invented a new culinary term. I gotta go, got some foochooshoeing to do. :-)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Jenny- And I love yours!

Lisa- Will check out the restaurants you mentioned, thanks!

Zen- I love the new word! And it dobles as a verb also, loved it! Merci!

Mandy said...

such a great idea! Love your shoe choux.

Anonymous said...

Cute, but what's inside of them? It looks like salad...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Mandy- Thanks for stoping by.

Anonymous- It's filled with orange pastry cream, and those things on top are chopped pistachios.

Brentwood Kitchen Shopper said...

The cutest thing ever.

Lori said...

clever. love the flavor combo as well!

Barbara said...

Oh I just love the choux shoe. How clever.

ChichaJo said...

That's adorable! :)

Pam said...

Your chouxz are brilliant. So cute!

Bron said...

Oh now they're just too cute. Wow, what a terrific entry! Adorable!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Thanks everyone, I'm off to check all the other entries!

Sweet Tooth said...

So cute! I am a huge fan of puns. This event has brought me quite a few of them. Great idea!

Alexandra

PheMom said...

Really, really cute! Great job!

Y said...

Those are so adorable. I want to put them on and walk around in squishy pastry cream.. YUM!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Alexandra- Thanks, the event was great, people came up with really cool things!~

Holly- Oh thanks so much!

Y- Lo! Can you imagine the sound that would make? Skichhhhhhh skichhhhhhhhh! Lool!