Friday, October 15, 2010

Spring themed Croquembouche à la maison

This morning I woke up inspired by last night's course.  I kept thinking of beautiful ways to decorate the croquembouche - ribbons, butterflies, flowers, chocolate, royal icing; the list is endless. This one pictured here is my "Spring themed Croquembouche." Clearly other pastry artists have used this concept too which you can see here.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to do it myself without expert chef advice but it actually came together better than yesterday! The only thing is cleaning the damn toffee caramel from the pots! Do you have any advice? And another annoying thing is that I can't resist popping a profiterole every time I walk by the kitchen!
Nevertheless, I think it's worth the clean up...and the possible jog.

19 comments:

  1. Very impressive. James Martin recomends filling the saucepan with water and popping it back on the heat to clean the pots. Never tried it myself but maybe it will help your cleaning quest?

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  2. I think you did a great job! Kudos. Our travels have begun so my visits here will be sporadic for awhile. Know that I'll be thinking of you. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  3. Brittany, you did an amazing job on your croquembouche! The Daring Bakers made this a few months ago, and it's not easy to pull one off like this (I have hot caramel scar on my hand.)

    As for cleaning the pots, just soak them in very hot, soapy water for a few hours. :~)

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  4. What a beautiful croquembouche. I love your flower decoration. Yes, very hot water will work on your pots.

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  5. These are fantastic and you'd done it so well!

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  6. Lovely! I'd also have a hard time passing by without popping one in my mouth. :)

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  7. WOW a croquembouche?!?! that's super impressive, it looks beautiful!!

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  8. that is simply amazing! wonderful job!

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  9. Wow, looks very impressive and beautiful! To clean the caramel from the pot, I usually do as what our other friends do, I fill up the pot with water right up to the mark of the caramel, I'm very messy, so usually it will be right at the top! I let the water boil and slowly scrap with a wooden spoon for the really big marks to help dissolve it faster. It always works!

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  10. Brittany, your croquembouche looks absolutely stunning! Thumbs up...!!

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  11. Wow looks absolutely amazing!! I agree with you on the washing up but its well worth it :)

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  12. Beautiful croquembouche! I couldn't resist eating lots of these when I made one for my birthday back in May. I just leave my caramelly pots in the sink filled with water (hot or cold) for a while and it all melts off.

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  13. This looks wonderful! Great job! I have heard of this but have never tried it. I would probably be eating it all up too:)

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  14. Wow!!!
    Una vera scultura di bontà questa,complimenti Cara e buona settimana..:-***
    Ciao!!

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  15. wow! Can I just repeat - wow! This looks amazing.

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  16. When I make caramel I just fill the pot with cold water and leave it in the sink for a while. It dissolves like magic. :D

    This is absolutely pretty!

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  17. Wow that is one stunning dessert. GREAT job!

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  18. Thanks for your tips everyone. After alot of soaking, they're finally clean of caramel

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