The other day, Mr BBB joked about something.
When asked what he wanted for dinner the next night he joked, with gusto nonetheless, “croquembouche”.
All I can say is “be careful what you wish for, husband dearest”.
Up for the challenge, I sought guidance from the pastry king himself – Adriano Zumbo, whose croquembouche recipe featured in the first Masterchef cookbook.
Then, with a few substitutions, it wasn’t long before I had myself a batch of spelt choux pastry puffs…
Some delightful vanilla crème…
And got to work on building a masterpiece. The puffs were filled…
Dipped in caramel..
And coated with some coloured sugar.
And, as I didn’t have a cone in which to build the croquembouche, I got creative and built a mini tower around a bowl that I had placed on a plate.
You get the idea….
Finished with a little spun sugar and some fondant flowers…
And I must say I was rather chuffed when I stood back and took a look at the result!
(And then proceeded to take 1000 photos of said creation!)
I was really really pleased with how this turned out, given that I have never made choux pastry before (let alone spelt choux pastry), vanilla crème or spun sugar.
Perhaps it was beginner's luck???
I guess I’ll find out next time I make it - I’m thinking Father’s Day might be the perfect opportunity to try it again…
What about you? Ever made a croquembouche?