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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Giveaway Plus Profiteroles with Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Ganache

by on November 8, 2010 · 213 comments

This week I’m heading to New York, where I and 9 other bloggers will make holiday desserts in a friendly cook-off hosted by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I’ll keep you posted on the big event, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the competition is up to! As for my creation, it’s called “Profiteroles with Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Ganache” and the choux pastry is made with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I wasn’t sure how the product would work in choux, but the results were very good.  The buttery flavor really came through in the profiteroles, which are one of my all-time favorite treats.  I like them filled with cream or ice cream, and in this case I think the peppermint gives them a nice holiday theme.

Profiterole

Here’s the puff itself.

choux pastry

It’s going to be fun baking up a batch of these in the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Test Kitchen, and for those of you interested in trying the recipe at home, I’ve typed it up below.

But first, here’s your chance to win a special treat from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I apologize to my non-US readers who I love hearing from, but this one’s only open to those in the US.

Prize Package Includes:

– Caphlon Contemporary Non Stick Shallow Sauce Pan

– Antique White Dinnerware Rectangular Serving Platter

– A Non Stick Baking Sheet

– Bamboo 14” Wooden Spoon

For your chance at winning, just write a comment telling me your favorite holiday dessert and who usually makes it.

I’ll close the contest Friday November 12 at 8:00 AM EST, pick a random comment using the random number generator, and announce the winner later that day.

Good Luck!

P.S. After you enter here, increase your odds by entering at some of the other bloggers’ sites. All of the prize packages are different and tailored to each cook-off entry.

P.P.S.  Thanks for the comments!!  The number of comments we get plays into a small part of the overall scoring of the contest.  Gee, why the heck am I sending you to the other blogs then ;). Just kidding.  Have fun, and good luck!    I’m really looking forward to reporting back to you all about the test kitchen tour and meeting the other great baking enthusiasts.

Aly-tude

Hoosier Homemade

Bakers Royale

Average Betty

Ingredients Inc

Barbara Bakes

BeanTownBaker

Eat at Home

Fake Ginger

Disclosure: The giveaway prizes are provided by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and my Cook-Off trip expenses to NYC are being paid for by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

Peppermint Ice Cream Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache

Profiteroles
1/2 cup flour, fluffed and scooped
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Baking Stick
1/2 cup warm water
2 large eggs, room temperature

Sauce
3 oz excellent quality semi- sweet chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Butter Baking Stick
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

6 scoops peppermint or mint chocolate chip ice cream (or whatever YOU like)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the flour and salt; set aside. In a 3 quart saucepan, heat the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and water just to a boil. Add the flour mixture and stir over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes or until mixture forms a ball in pan. After mixture forms a ball, continue mixing it for another minute, pushing it around in the pan. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with the mixing spoon after each egg is added.

Using a heaping tablespoon, drop 6 equal size portions of dough onto a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake on center rack for about 22 minutes or until puffs are golden. Remove from oven. Turn off oven and let it cool down for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, using a toothpick, poke a small hole in the bottom of each pastry puff. Return puffs to cookie sheet and place puffs in closed “off” oven for 10 minutes to dry. Remove from oven and let cool completely before filling.

Sauce: Put the chopped chocolate in a bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter until it just begins to simmer. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Assemble profiteroles. Split each profiterole horizontally down the center and fill with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle warm or slightly cooled ganache over top.

Serves 6

Notes:
If you’re intimidated by pastry, there’s nothing that will get your confidence up like a batch of choux. It’s simple! For this batch, I made the choux with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and got some of the best results ever.

Like hot lava cakes, profiteroles are impressive and perfect for making ahead. You can bake the puffs before dinner and have them cooled and ready to go for dessert, or you can make them a week ahead, freeze them, then crisp them for 5 minutes in a 375 oven when ready to use. You can also make the ganache ahead of time. Just chill it until ready to use, the put it in a stainless steel bowl and set the bowl over but not touching barely simmering water until the ganache softens.

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Published on November 8, 2010

{ 213 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandy November 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I usually make peanut clusters. A mix of chocolate, peanut butter and peanuts with a hint of sea salt. Chilled!

Louise November 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I have lots of favorite holiday treats. Pumpkin Flan is probably my favorite dessert to serve at dinner. Or maybe Upside Down Cranberry Cake. And, as you know, all types of cookies, each one special and perfect. :-)

laura November 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

My family and I just love the chocolate yule log. I make it every year. Served with a side of truffles and cookie mushrooms.

Annika November 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is a Norwegian cookie my grandmother taught me to make called a Rosette. She is too old to make them now, so my children and I make them.

Rachel November 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, which are my mom’s specialty- everyone begs her to make them all year long

ladywild November 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I love pie. Apple pie. Maybe mom will make it. Maybe I’ll make it. Mom’s is the best!

Susan November 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Hmm, hard to decide! But if I had to choose, I would go with pumpkin bars with a crumb topping!

StephIrey November 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Fav Holiday dessert…fudge! Mom & Grandma made the best…and now it’s up to me to carry on the tradition.

Teresa Young November 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

My favorite Holiday dessert is pecan pie, made by my sister-in-law.

Kerrie G November 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is pumpkin pie!! Either my mom or myself makes the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Lauren November 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

My favorite holiday dessert are the Viennese butter cookies that my grandma made. They are delicious. She made them with walnuts but I do them with pecans. :)

SJ November 12, 2010 at 1:23 am

Bread pudding with whiskey sauce…and I’m the one who gladly makes it every year.

Pamela M November 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

My favorite holiday dessert is pecan pie, and I usually make the desserts in my family.

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