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Almond-Cream Puff Ring

 Almond-Cream Puff Ring
Although individual cream puffs are an awesome dessert, they require a lot of preparation time...and time is one thing I often don't have enough of! That's why I rely on this recipe.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons milk

Directions

  • Cover a baking sheet with foil; grease the foil. Trace a 12-in.
  • circle onto foil; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring the water,
  • butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a
  • smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add egg, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue
  • beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls along the inside of the circle
  • (mounds should be slightly touching). Bake at 400° for 40-45

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Almond-Cream Puff Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes or until golden brown. Lift foil and transfer to a wire
  • rack. Immediately cut a slit in the side of each puff to allow steam
  • to escape; cool. Carefully cut ring in half horizontally and set top
  • aside; remove soft dough from inside with a fork. Transfer to a
  • serving plate.
  • In a bowl, whisk the milk, pudding mix and extract for 2 minutes.
  • Chill for 5 minutes or until thickened. Fold in whipped cream.
  • Spread over bottom of ring; replace top. In a microwave, melt
  • chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in corn syrup
  • and milk. Drizzle over ring. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 10-12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 255 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 289 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.