This month we experimented with three new treats! There was the usual trial and error, with a success rate of 2 out of 3! We made:
• Strawberry Cream Puffs
• Cheesecake Pops
• Vintage Plum Streusel
We intended to make éclairs instead of cream puffs, but quickly changed our minds once we found adorable cupcake papers with maps of Paris by Meri Meri at Sur La Table. Incredibly, we also found vintage map papers for confections by Cavallini at Paper Source. These papers combine two of my greatest passions – baking and travel, which energized me for the baking ahead.
The recipe for the Strawberry Custard filling was quite good, but not actually as good as before we added the eggs. The addition of the eggs also diminished the bright pink color. So, we will remember that for the next time. We sprinkled these with powdered sugar and popped a few in our mouths. Can’t believe it’s taken us all this time to try these?!
The Cheesecake Pops sounded so neat! Really, just about anything on a stick is more fun 🙂 However, these pops were a major pain. Out of a recipe with a yield of 50 pops, only 9 survived to the end of the process. The process consisted of baking a crust-less cheesecake with three packages of cream cheese, scooping out the baked batter and forming into balls, then covering with chocolate. Even though we baked the cheesecake for the length of the recommended time, the scoops of batter wouldn’t congeal, and finally, slid down each of their lollipop sticks. The pops tasted great but were definitely not worth all the effort. We were just glad there was something to show for ourselves.
The Vintage Plum Streusel was the greatest success and a trial run for a line of Vintage Coffee Cakes that we hope to debut on a special menu by early July. As with most coffee cakes, this cake was immensely satisfying and so easy to justify eating with the deep pockets of baked fruit. This cake hits all the notes for a perfect summertime treat – light, lovely, and sweetened by fruit. We can’t wait for you to try it and let us know what you think 🙂
corrie @ Peachie’s Treats