Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Think tiny cream puffs (subtly flavored with hints of orange and lemon) deep fried, rolled in granulated sugar and dusted with powdered sugar. Need I say more?
You can use your favorite cream puff recipe, or this one:
Cloud Puffs (from Dessert Circus at Home by Jacques Torres)
1/2 c. water
pinch of salt
pinch of granulated sugar
grated zest of 1/2 an orange
grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
3 1/2 T. butter, cubed
2-3 large eggs
granulated sugar and powdered sugar
Heat frying oil (vegetable or canola) to 330 degrees in heavy bottomed 4 qt. saucepan. Meanwhile:
Place water, salt, sugar, zests and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour all at once and incorporate thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
Return saucepan to heat and cook for about 3 min. to dry out the paste. As it cooks, push paste from side to side with wooden spoon. It is dry when it begins to leave a thin film on the bottom of the saucepan.
Transfer contents to a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on low for 2 min. to release some steam. Continue to mix and add eggs one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. After adding two eggs, check consistency. It should be pale yellow, smooth, moist, slightly elastic and sticky. If it's to dry add another egg.
Place batter into a pastry bag with no tip, or a large freezer bag (snip off the tip to make a 1/2" opening). Pipe small amounts of batter (about the size of a dime) into hot oil. Use a chopstick or skewer (dipped in oil) to detach dough from tip of bag. You can also use a spoon to scoop small amounts of dough into oil. Turn them as they cook to ensure even frying. Fry until they are golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Remove from oil onto paper towel. Roll in granulated sugar. Just before serving dust with powdered sugar.