We don't think desserts get more decadent or fun than a traditional croquembouche. Croquembouche is a pyramid of profiteroles -- as you remember, profiteroles are small balls of choux pastry stuffed with pastry cream. The pyramid is held together with a caramel glaze and is usually decorated with spun sugar. Traditionally a French wedding cake, "croquembouche" means "crack in one's mouth" because of the crunch you get from the hardened caramel. Some people also drizzle warm dark chocolate over the pyramid. The traditional way to serve croquembouche at a wedding is to whack it with a sword, and the bridesmaids catch the pieces in a tablecloth. Festive!
So, have we awoken your taste buds? For more about baking and pastries, check out the mouth-watering links below.
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- "Gulab jamun." CuisineOnline.com. Sept. 18, 2010. (Oct. 18, 2010) http://www.cuisineonline.pk/culinary-heritage/gulab-jamun/
- Jargon, Julie and Passariello, Christina. "Mon Dieu! Will Newfound Popularity Spoil the Dainty Macaron?" Wall Street Journal. March 2, 2010. (Oct.18, 2010) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704269004575073843836895952.html
- Jaworski, Stephanie. "Profiteroles." JoyofBaking.com. 2010. (Oct. 18, 2010) http://www.joyofbaking.com/Profiteroles.html
- Oleson, Jessie. "L'Operation: Learning to Love (and Make) the Opera Cake." CakeSpy.com. May 28, 2008. (Oct. 18, 2010) http://www.cakespy.com/blog-old/2008/5/28/loperation-learning-to-love-and-make-the-opera-cake.html
- Oleson, Jessie. "Love is in the Eclair: Some Sweet History, and a Daring Bakers Challenge." CakeSpy.com. Aug. 31, 2008. (Oct. 18, 2010) http://www.cakespy.com/blog-old/2008/8/31/love-is-in-the-eclair-some-sweet-history-and-a-daring-bakers.html
- Stradley, Linda. "Beignets History." What's Cooking America. 2004. (Oct. 18, 2010) http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/BeignetsHistory.htm
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