April 1, 2011

Cream Puffs and a Giveaway

Earlier this year Martha Stewart launched a great new show all about baking called "Martha Bakes".  If you haven't seen it already check it out on the Hallmark Channel.  Every week she presents different recipes and techniques around a common theme.   A recent episode was all about pâte à choux. 

Pâte à choux is one of my favorite doughs because of its versatility.  You start with a basic recipe which can be made into so many things: eclairs, profiteroles, gougeres and croquembouche to name a few. 

After watching Martha's show I was inspired to make the most traditional version of pâte à choux, cream puffs.   The golden brown puffs were filled with vanilla bean diplomat cream (pastry cream mixed with whipped heavy cream) and then dusted with powdered sugar.  Perfection! 

Now to the giveaway....

Once again the nice people at CSN have provided a $35 gift code for use at their online stores.   They literally sell anything you can imagine at great prices - from Le Creuset cookware that I love so much to a beautiful tufted velvet headboard my friend Christine recently purchased.

To enter just leave a comment to this blog post by Friday April 8.

RULES: Only one entry per person allowed and you MUST include your email address  in the comment to be eligible.  Sorry, but that's the only way the winner can be notified to claim the gift code.  CSN only ships to addresses in the US and Canada.   There may be international shipping charges for Canadian addresses.

The winner of the gift card is comment #34.  I'll be contacting you directly with your prize!

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