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Puff the magic Giveaway: Challenge no 6

Windbeutel_Cream Puffs

Is there any better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than with a good cup of coffee and something sweet and yummy?
Well, last Sunday was one of these slow and lazy days and I decided to work on our new challenge cream puffs („Windbeutel„) with chocolate filling. I have to admit I had a big portion of respect for this airy pastry because I had never worked with choux pastry before. But amazingly enough I found baking the cream puffs pretty easy and hadn’t my little two-year old „helped“ me, it would have gone really fast! But what you really need is a pastry bag, so don’t start without one! Here’s the recipe:

(for German scroll down!)

Dough:
125 ml milk
60 g butter
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon sugar
100 g flour
3 eggs
Filling:
200 g dark chocolate
200 ml cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 180 C. Combine milk, butter, salt and sugar in a pot. Let it cook, add the flour and stir with a wodden spoon until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat. With an electric mixer, beat in eggs, a little bit at a time, until completely incorporated. Fill the dough into a pastry bag and squirt little puffs onto a baking tray, lined with baking paper (about the size of a walnut). Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden. Let them cool.
For the filling melt the chocolate over a water bath. Beat the cream until stiff, add the powdered sugar and the melted chocolate. Mix together. Make a hole in each cream puff with a knitting needle, put the chocolate filling into a pastry bag and fill the cream puffs.
Jewels wasn’t so successful with the recipe. Even though she did the exact same thing as Liz did, her cream puffs looked more like sad, flat cookies. She tried it again with a different recipe and it worked a little better. The tipp is to add a cup of water when you bake them to add some steam. But still her cream puffs didn’t look or taste amazing. No more „windy bags“ for Jewels!

Above being pretty proud of myself because the cream puffs looked good and tasted delicious I was overly happy because I could use the beautiful cake stand „Etta“ for my set-up. The etagere was sent to me by the charming Kersten from DORRIENN, a small Berlin based company offering unique table decorations for your home or special events. And the best thing: we’re having a Giveaway with the cake stand „Etta(measurements: D 21,5cm x H 21cm, material: metal and mirror glass).

Don’t forget to check out Dorrienn’s other great table decorations on their website.

13. August 2012:
AND THE WINNER IS:

„MARI“

Thank you so much for participating and Mari, have lots of fun entertaining with „Etta“!
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And this is how the Giveaway works:

HOW TO ENTER (for people living in Germany only, sorry guys, but we’re sure to have a Giveaway for the rest of the world soon!):
Required Entry:
1. For a chance to win leave a comment here, whatever you’d like. For example tell us what you would do with the etagere „Etta“, for what occasion you would use it and why you definitly need the „Dorrienn“-Giveaway-Package.
2. „Like“ Liz & Jewels on Facebook.*
3. „Like“ Dorrienn on Facebook.*
Extra chance to win:
4. Follow Liz & Jewels @lizandjewels on Twitter.*

PLEASE REMEMBER:
*The required entry must be done otherwise any extra entries will not count.
If you already follow us on Twitter or Facebook let us know as well, since this counts as an entry. We can only offer this Giveaway for guys living in Germany.

Giveaway starts on 08/09/2012 and will run until 08/12/2012 at 6:00 pm CEST.

Official Rules:
 To enter leave a comment.
 One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random. We will email the winner and they will have up to 3 days to write us back their address and to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. 
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
 Sponsor: www.dorrienn.de

 Windbeutel

125 ml Milch
60 g Butter
Prise Salz
1 Tl Zucker
100 g Mehl
3 Eier

Füllung:
200 g Zartbitterschokolade
200 ml Sahne
1 El Puderzucker

Den Backofen auf 180 Grad vorheizen. Milch, Butter, Salz und Zucker in einen Topf geben. Unter Rühren aufkochen lassen. Anschließend mit einem Holzlöffel das Mehl einrühren, bis sich die Masse von den Rändern des Topfes löst und eine Kugel formt. Vom Herd nehmen. Nach und nach die Eier dazugeben und mit einem Mixer zu einem glatten Teig verrühren. Den Teig in einen Spritzbeutel geben und kleine Teigkugeln (Walnußgroß) auf ein mit Backpapier ausgelegtes Blech spritzen. In den Ofen geben und etwa 20 Minuten backen, bis sie goldgelb sind. Abkühlen lassen.

Für die Füllung die Schokolade in einem Wasserbad schmelzen lassen. Die Sahne steif schlagen, den Puderzucker dazugeben und anschließend die geschmolzene Schokolade. In die Windbeutel mit einer Stricknadel Löcher machen. Die Schokoladen-Sahne in einen Spritzbeutel geben und in die Löcher spritzen.

– LIz