Every Christmas I make my snowflake cookies (pictured below). They have become a ritual during the holiday season but this year I decided to make a Croquembouche instead which is something I've always wanted to make ever since Martha Stewart's first book "Entertaining" came out in 1982. I think that was the very first time I had seen or heard of Croquembouche!
I made this one to take to a family Christmas Eve party and I tried to time it so I could finish it just before we left. Each cream puff is filled with a vanilla custardy goodness and I didn't have room in my refrigerator to store this. Well, it ended up taking me a little longer than I expected so I was rushing at the end and didn't have time to add the spun sugar that gets draped around it. That's the part I was really excited to do too...oh well! I had to still get showered and ready to go so I told my daughter to just make a star with the sugar syrup on parchment paper so we could attach it to the top. This was a group effort here.
I had envisioned taking a beautiful photo of this on my dining room table with the lights from my Christmas tree in the background. We had no time for that we were already late so we snapped this iPhone photo after we arrived at the family gathering.
I was happy with how it came out for our first try but I was especially happy with how great it tasted! The creamy filling and the crunchy caramelized sugar reminded me a lot of creme brulee. I would definitely make this again. There are lots of recipes and even tutorial videos out there but I used this Food Network Croquembouche Recipe
Now that I've tackled this, next year I plan to make something else I've always wanted to make. A Buche de Noel! I can't wait!
|My snowflake cookies that I make every year!|