Thursday, 8 January 2015

La Kitchenette Souris: Late Night-Breadsticks & Cream Puffs

Today I have 2 easy & delicious recipes for you. 

As always, I have changed a few things in each recipe, so these are my versions, so you can make exactly what you see in the photo. 

I was informed I needed to share how I serve everything, since as every good cook knows, if it appeals to the eye, it tastes twice as good. 

Late Night Breadsticks

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 loaf (1 lb.) frozen white bread dough, thawed
1/4 cup butter/margarine, melted

In a shallow bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients; set aside.
Divide dough into 16 pieces; roll each into a 6 inch rope.
Dip ropes in butter, then roll in cheese mixture.
Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
Let rest for 10 minutes.
Bake at 400F for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

These breadsticks are excellent on their own as a snack, as well as the perfect bread to go with many types of pasta dishes. 

Serving them warm & fresh is best, but they still taste fine the next day too.

Cream Puffs

1/2 cup butter
1 cup boiling water
4 eggs
1 cup flour

Put butter and water in a saucepan and heat to boiling.
Sift in flour all at once and beat vigorously.
Cook until mixture leaves the side of the pan as you stir.
When slightly cooled, add unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
The mixture should be stiff enough to hold its shape.
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, keeping mounds circular in shape and piled in the centre.
[Should make around 10-12 puffs]
Bake at 375F for about 45 minutes, until no drops of moisture remain.
One may be removed from the oven to test.
When cook, make a slit in side and fill with sweetened whipped cream or any cream filling. 
You can also used a custard or pudding if preferred. 
Dust top with powdered sugar or cinnamon.

The filling you see in the photo is my own combination of:
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
3 drops Watkins Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons icing sugar
Couple pinches of Watkins Cinnamon

Just blend that all together with an electric beater until it gets fairly stiff. It will stay slightly runny, so if you prefer a stiff filling, I suggest buying Cool-Whip, but this tastes quite delicious.

Caramel or chocolate sauce would also be a yummy thing to dip these puffs into.

Serving these on a pretty plate, with a fancy toothpick, or fake flower of some kind, adds a very fancy flair, and alongside a classy tea-cup, this would be a lovely tea party item!

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