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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.


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.


Hoosier Homemade

Bakers Royale

Average Betty

Ingredients Inc

Barbara Bakes


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

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

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

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 }

Amy November 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

My favorite might be the “Spoon Cookies” from Gourmet, December 2005. My friend introduced me to them, and now I make them every year. Its just so hard to wait for them to age to perfection!

Gloria November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

My most requested dessert is praline pumpkin torte which I’ve been making for years. My favorite holiday dessert is the browned butter pecan pie from this site which I started making only last year.

Laura November 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Simple baked apples with a little bit of caramel drizzeled on top made by me. Not a show stopper dessert, but I love it!

Tory November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I love my sister’s cream cheese and cranberry pie! Yum!

Robyn November 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

My favorite holiday dessert are my friend Heather’s top-secret ginger cookies. Made by. . . Heather!

Catherine R. November 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Sugar cookies! I make them every year, cut out with my favorite Christmas cutters and frosted with a simple frosting.

Kerstin November 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Pumpkin pie by my mom!

Do you mind me asking what exactly is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter? Is it veggie oil, a butter/veggie oil mix? I’m an everything in moderation girl and always go for the real thing, but I trust you if you say it works in your baking!

Chris M. November 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

My mom usually makes peanut butter balls (buckeyes that are totally chocolate covered.) Thanks!

Christina November 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

A little later in the holidays, my mom makes the most delicious nian gao cake with a hidden layer of adzuki bean paste.

Mackenzie @ The Caramel Cookie November 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

These look so good! My favorite holiday dessert is pretty simple: frosted sugar cookies!

Tracy November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

My fave holiday dessert is my Grandma’s recipe for Special Scotcheroos … but frosted sugar cookies are close behind. I’m amazed at how good your profiteroles look made with I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter!

claire November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I love a good sugar cookie and I make them!!! Who else? :-)

x3Baking November 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is called nian gao. Basically, we eat it during Chinese New Years and it’s really nice. Chewy and sweet and a bit sticky. Yummy. My mom makes it. I hope you win this contest! :)

jacqie November 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

My mom makes the best fudge, only once a year, & on Christmas Eve. It’s very, very special to me.

Cakelaw November 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

These profiteroles look great! My fave holiday dessert is plum pudding made by my Mum.

Cheryl R November 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

My pumpkin dessert. It’s basically a pie without the crust.

Susie D. November 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Pecan pie bars- all the great taste without having to roll out crust… and I make it.

Miss November 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm

This sounds so good!

Phebe R. November 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

My mom makes the most amazing sesame seed cookies – full of whole sesame seeds, tahini, browned butter and a touch of molasses. Very autumnal.

Angela November 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

My family is a huge fan of pumpkin cheesecake in any season, not just the fall. I usually make that and a batch of whole grain biscotti, since I’m not much of a cheesecake fan.

Glanathema November 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is my mother’s cheesecake.

Michelle November 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is pumpkin pie that I make every Thanksgiving.

Amanda Lumpkin November 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm

My favorite holiday dessert if Apple Pie and my Gram makes every year for Thanksgiving :)

Rita November 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Pecan pie and I usually make it.

Melissa November 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I’m a cookie person through and through so I LOVE the entire holiday cookie extravaganza. Give me a great soft sugar cookie wiht icing, a soft, spicy ginger cookie, or something with chocolate and mint. Often times, I’m the baker, but I never turn down the chance to sample others’ wares : )

Sara November 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Choc chip cookies – and I make them!

Sophia November 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Coffee cake made by my grandma! :)

Sharon L November 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My cranberry upside down cake….so simple and beautiful. Everyone always wants the recipe!

Meg November 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is Pumpkin Pie! made by Gregg’s (a local restaurant).

LilSis November 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I’d have to say that my favorite holiday dessert is Pecan Pie and it can only be made by my mom! No one has ever been able to make Pecan Pie like my mom!

Laura E. November 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm

My great aunt’s soft puffy frosted sugar cookies.

Juli November 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

One of my Mom’s friends gives a selection of her homemade treats each Christmas, and the peanut butter fudge is always set aside for me – yum!

jenni November 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

My favorite holiday treat is the cookie platter that my Aunt Cindy always makes for Christmas – can’t choose just one type of cookie, they are all amazing!

Wehaf November 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Pumpkin pie, which my mom usually makes.

Katie November 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm

My friend’s mom makes the best sugar cookies each year for the holidays. One year I made my friend give me the recipe, but of course, mine could not compare.

Nikki November 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

Ha, okay, the women in my house (read: Momma and I) always do the cooking and the baking! And our favorite holiday dessert is a Polish honey spice cake.

Crysi November 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

My mom’s pumpkin pie all the way. It’s the best ever. My hubby insists I always make chocolate crinkles.

Gianna November 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

I love red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.. I make it since I am the cooker in the house.

Shane November 9, 2010 at 4:25 am

Wow! Really mouth-watering creation! I love Peppermint Ice Cream and seeing it as part of the profiteroles with chocolate ganache on top… tasting this recipe will definitely complete my day!

CaSaundra November 9, 2010 at 6:51 am

I love making my pumpkinn cranberry cheesecake yum!

Andrea November 9, 2010 at 7:10 am

my mother in law makes the best holiday tradition cookie at our house- we call them cinnamon rolls but they are more like a cinnamon roll cookie made with a biscuit type of dough – she used to use shortening and now uses becel in canada but when she visits here she uses I can’t believe it’s not butter :)

Katie R November 9, 2010 at 7:47 am

My fav holiday dessert is a pumpkin roll made by my Mom.

Robin Speck November 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

My mom’s famous chocolate torte. the one that takes 10 eggs and chocolate whipped cream. Yum! (now that she is gone, I have to make the cake myself. she made it better than I can!)

Amy S November 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

My favorite holiday dessert is my mom’s date pinwheel cookies. She only makes them during the holidays and that makes them even more special.

Anne H. November 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

My favorite holiday dessert is my dad’s homemade hot fudge, drizzled over peppermint ice cream of course!

Haven November 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

My fave is creme brulee and I make it! Also pumpkin cheesecake on thanksgiving. Yum.

Telynn November 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is Grandma Rost’s fruitcake. I know what you’re thinking…ewe fruitcake! But Grandma’s is made with dried fruits and toasted nuts (not that candied neon green, red and yellow gunk!) then soaked in peach brandy for the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Christina November 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is Pumpkin Butter Cakes I got the recipie from watching Paula Deen. Its delicious!

Marnie P November 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I love all the cookies and candies that get made each year. Every year I add more types of cookies and candies to my list of must makes. Pretty soon I will have to open a shop.

Miriam T. November 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

My favorite Holiday Dessert is Apple Pie, and sadly it is usually bought from the store. If I win, then I might get to make my own dessert!

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