This dessert is dedicated to those of you who LOVE coffee. Golden, crunchy cream puffs, topped with almond crumble layer, and full of chocolate cream and a large, generous mound of coffee cream. What’s not to like? 🙂
Almond, Chocolate and Coffee Cream Puffs
16 cream puffs
For the almond crumble:
50 grams cold butter, cut into cubes
50 grams light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
70 grams ground almonds
50 grams all-purpose flour
For the cream puffs:
230 ml. milk
Pinch of salt
5 grams sugar
100 grams butter
150 grams flour
3-4 large eggs, beaten
For the chocolate cream:
100 grams chopped dark chocolate
125 ml. heavy cream
Pinch of salt
For coffee Chantilly cream:
500 ml. very cold heavy cream
2 tsp. granulated instant coffee
50 grams sugar powder
2 tsp. cream stabilizer or instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Icing sugar for decoration
- Pistachio crumble: in a food processor with a steel blade put butter, sugar, salt, almonds and flour and blend together until you receive large chunks of dough.
- Flatten the dough between two baking paper and roll about 2-3 mm thick. Freeze for about 30 minutes to set.
- Cream puffs: preheat oven to 180c degrees.
- In a medium saucepan put milk, salt, sugar and butter and heat to a strong boil.
- Add flour and stir while cooking, until it turns into a lump of dough.
- Transfer the dough to the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until it cools down a little.
- Add the eggs gradually while beating until dough is elastic and smooth. Check the readiness of dough by creating a “trail” with a wooden spoon in the center of the dough – if the track remains stable, add some eggs, and if it closes a bit – the dough is ready. It is important not to add too many eggs to the dough or it may become too soft and ruined.
- Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a round 2 cm piping tip. On a baking tray lined with baking paper pipe large cream puffs (about 5-6 cm in diameter). It’s important to leave some space between the cream puffs.
- Remove the crumble layer from the freezer and cut out about 6-7 cm circles. Place a round piece of crumble over each cream puff and flatten a bit.
- Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until the cream puffs are golden and set. Cool completely before filling.
- Cut each cream puff into 2 parts (like a sandwich).
- Chocolate cream: place the chocolate in a bowl.
- Heat cream and salt in a small saucepan to simmering point.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, wait a minute, and beat until uniform and shiny chocolate ganache is formed.
- Cool the ganache in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a stable and comfortable texture for drizzling.
- Transfer the ganache into a pastry bag fitted with a 2 cm round piping tip.
- Fill the bottom of each cream puff with a thin layer of chocolate cream.
- Coffee Chantilly cream: in a bowl of a mixer with whipping attachment, whip cream, coffee, powdered sugar and stabilizer until you get a very uniform and stable cream.
- Transfer the cream into a piping bag with 2 cm serrated piping tip.
- Drizzle generous mounds of Chantilly cream on top of the chocolate cream and close with the top of each cream puff.
- Garnish with powdered sugar and serve.
- The cream puffs at their best on the day of preparation, but you can keep them in a closed container in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days.
- Instead of almond you can use any other nut you like.
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