Cream Puffs

cream puff

I’ve been watching baking shows lately on television, which can be dangerous as I get grand ideas about what to bake. This is only dangerous because there is a huge divide between my skills and patience and what the contestants on the cooking shows are capable of. For example, recently I watched some frazzled people make croquembouche, which are yummy towers of custard-filled profiteroles drizzled with toffee. There is no way on this earth I am ever going to manage to assemble one of these, but as it turned out, Cream Puffs are much the same without all of the effort.

The utensils I have available to me limit my grand ideas too. I had a plastic thing for piping, not sure what it is called but you stuff the mixture into it, then press down on the trigger thing and something recognisable is supposed to come out the bottom. However, the top of the squeezy thing broke, then the mixture squirted out the sides, and then I had a minor tantrum. So I got a plastic bag and cut a hole in the corner and that worked okay, and the biggest benefit was that I could throw the plastic bag away at the end of my cooking session without having to wash up.

1 Cup Plain flour

1 Cup water

125 grams butter

3 eggs (room temperature)

Sift the flour and put aside.

Place the butter and water into a saucepan and melt, then bring to the boil. Take the mixture off the heat, then stir the flour in quickly. The mixture will make a ball.

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then beat the eggs in one at a time until the mixture is glossy. Cool, then refrigerate.

Pipe these onto an oven tray lied with baking paper in walnut sized balls. If you truly can’t be bother piping, try scooping out teaspoons of the mixture. They will be a bit messier, but hey, they all taste the same.

Cook at 210 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes, then at 170 degrees Celsius for another 25 minutes. The puffs will be golden brown with a bit of a shine.

Cool on a rack, then partly split them to allow the steam out so they stay crisp.

I cheated and used dairy whip out of a tin (with a built-in spray nozzle) to fill the Cream Puffs. I had bought real cream but couldn’t face trying to pipe this as well. He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers scoffed them down.

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Rockabilly Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-Ups Sandown

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The most recent Rockabilly Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-Ups Day by Kingpin Kuztums was at the Sandown Hotel on the last weekend of winter. These days are getting bigger and bigger. Hot rods, customs, drag cars, bikes, bands, carnival rides, there was something happening everywhere you looked.

He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers had already heard about the Customline in the photo below, so was keen to check it out.

Sandown 1 Cusso

The bands were fantastic, I loved seeing A Band Called Twang, The Strays, Tijuana Surf and Pat Capocci. There were two band rooms, with appreciative crowds in both.

 

Even Big Bad Wolves like ice-cream.

Can’t wait for the next Rockabilly Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-Ups.

 

Play Dough

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Honey-Bunny and my favourite son-in-law were baby-sitting two-year old Mini recently, and knowing how much I enjoy messing around with play dough, brought Mini over to share the fun.

1 Cup Plain flour

1 Cup water

1/2 Cup salt

1 teaspoon oil

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

food colouring

Place all ingredients in a saucepan, heat, then turn out onto the bench and knead well.

My favourite son-in-law made the rose in the photo below for me and cemented his place as my favourite.

play dough

Rockabilly Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-ups Corio

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Kingpin Kustoms have been putting on some great car shows this winter, Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-Ups, with rockabilly bands, bikes, carnival rides and stalls at pubs all over Melbourne. Recently, He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers, Miss S and I went to one at the Gateway Hotel at Corio.

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We ate at the smorgasbord at The Gateway and had a good meal. Dad always calls smorgasbords ‘the walkaround’ and my brother-in-law calls them ‘troughs,’ but we like the variety of foods available. The desserts at The Gateway were particularly good.

We saw The Strays and The Detonators perform. Both bands always put on a good show. The Strays love their Stray Cats music and as for The Detonators, Hot Rod Tip Truck is a crowd favourite. There were other bands too, but unfortunately we didn’t see them, too much else going on.

There are a few more Rats, Tatts n’ Pin-Ups days to come, looking forward to them, especially now the weather is getting better. For a gold coin donation to charity, these are a great day out.