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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 }

Tori November 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is super easy cream cheese and oreo truffles. I’m usually the one to make them since my friends/family are in the kitchen cooking turkey, ham and all the fixin’s

Shannon November 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

My mom makes a pistachio cake (made with Jell-O pistachio pudding mix) that is green and topped with red maraschino cherries, so it is festive looking, but also absolutely delicous. For a non-scratch made cake, it is my all time favorite.

Sherry November 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Pecan Pie made by me=) I love the recipe I found for it!

Sherry November 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

favorite holiday desert: pumpkin cheesecake and of course its made by me!

Elena November 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies made by ME!

Laura L November 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I always make my favorite pecan pie. Last year I started using your tip about browning the butter, and everyone said they were the best pies ever!

Sarah November 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Poke & Pour cake made by me!

Gwen November 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

pecan tassies! by me

Jessie November 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I love chocolate / peanut butter buckeyes. I’m usually the one who makes them – they’re so good!

beth November 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Pecan pie for my hubby. I love using your brown butter technique.


Carly November 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is my family’s assortment of pies. We always have at least five flavors made by various family members, and every year I try a piece of each one! :)

Nancy @SensitivePantry November 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

We like homemade cannoli — made by either me or my niece.

MikeW November 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Cranberry bread — a quick bread made with fresh cranberries & nuts.

Carol November 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

My favorite holiday dessert are Bon Bon cookies. It’s a recipe from the fifties my Mom used to make them every Christmas.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit November 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Ginger molasses cookies, made by moi.

Sheilah Miller November 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I make English Toffee

Heather November 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I love love love potato chip cookies! I now make them myself since i moved away from home even thow moms will always be the best! I know this comment will probly be lost in the mass of others but i thought it was funny that the only 2 blogs i follow both of you are contestants!( i have followed for months along with you!)

MelissaB November 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

My husband makes the BEST crunch top apple pie! Yum!

lynne November 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

I love gingerbread! It’s usually me making them, but sometimes my brother helps decorate!

Lisa November 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

My favorite holiday dessert is “Chocolate Toffee Trifle”. Typically I’m the one that makes it!

June g. November 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

Not really holiday-ish, but I love strawberry preztel salad. Made by me, at least it’s red:)

Kelly November 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

My favorite holiday dessert is ice cream pie – my mom used to make it but my brother has asumed the duties the past few years

Magsie November 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

I LOVE my mom’s pecan pie. She usually the one who makes it, but I’m attempting it this year. I probably like it because of all the butter, so I wonder how “I can’t believe it’s not butter” would work in it?!?

Lina November 10, 2010 at 8:46 am

Flan!! (Yikes, I know you don’t like flan but it’s absolutely ours.) Of course it’s me who makes it…this year, I plan to make the Chocolate cake flan…been wanting to try it and the holidays is a good excuse to make it without feeling too guilty.

Jenny November 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

I make a french silk pie everyone loves!

melissa November 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Good luck to you at the cook off, Anna!!!! Sounds like fun!

megan @ whatmegansmaking November 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is peanut butter balls, and I usually help my mom make them every year :)

Nellie November 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

My very favorite holiday dessert is Red Velvet Cake, and of course, I am the one who bakes it.:) Won a blue ribbon at the fair this year for it!:)

Angie November 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

My grandma’s, completely from scratch, chocolate pie is my favorite. Of course I also love my chocolate chip cookies. :)

Darlene November 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, and I’m the one who makes them because I live with five males.

Jen November 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Growing up, I did not like pumpkin pie, but I LOVED my mom’s pumpkin bread. It was always my dessert of choice during the holidays. Given that my mom is currently battling Stage IV breast cancer, this holiday season will take on a whole new meaning.

beth November 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm

my mom makes the most delectable raspberry-almond coffee cheesecake. (if anyone finds the recipe online, reduce the almond extract to, like, two drops! that stuff ruins everything!) she bakes two or three each christmas morning with red, dark and/or blackberry jam, one per cheesecake.

everyone zeros in on that.

angela November 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

my fav holiday dessert is actually not a holiday dessert… its banana pudding, and I always make it myself!

Lethea Benson November 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

My favorite Holiday Desset would have to be Carrot Cake & I make it=) Yummy!

Linda November 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm

The only way to get my favorite dessert is if I make it myself, and I *love* Nutella Baklava!!!

Minna November 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

Buckeyes are my fave holiday dessert. Last year my aunt and I made them together :)

Francesca November 11, 2010 at 8:50 am

My grandma makes this delicious banana pudding layered with Vanilla Wafers (usually for Thanksgiving, although it’s been a few years now). It’s sooo good!!

Emily November 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

My aunt makes a wine cake to all of our holiday celebrations. Love it!

d.liff November 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

Mom always makes her chocolate souffles around the holidays. They aren’t my favorite but one of my little cousins gets so excited to make them that her smile is my favorite part :)

Ellyn November 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

My mom taught me how to make Baklava a number of years ago. It’s the one dessert that I most look forward to making and eating during the holidays! I enjoy it more when she’s made it because it is quite time consuming :)!

CindyD November 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

My favorite holiday dessert is Christmas cookies, particularly Mexican wedding cakes, and I’m the one who makes them.

Amy November 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

My mom’s holiday M&M cookies. They are delish!

Ram November 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

My favorite holiday dessert is Leche Flan Cake made by me. It’s a layer of chiffon cake and flan on top with caramel.

mep November 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

My favorite holiday dessert — iced sugar cookies. Yum!!!!!

I just recently found your blog and I am loving it! Thanks for all the sweet and tempting treats!

Jessie C. November 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

I love the pumpkin pie from my mom!

Anonymous November 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

My favorite holiday desert is sugar cookies that I make, but I am still in search of the perfect recipe! I also LOVE Oreo Truffles…yum!

Jen November 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Apple pie! My sister makes it.

cardamombraid November 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I know you asked for 1 but these two always went together for me………My father was a minister so we were asked to dinner quite often. That said the one place I always was happy to go to was a Christmas dinner that the Eliasons always had…..It was the only time of the year (even though they constantly sent goodies home during the year) that she made a Cardamon Sponge Cake with pearle sugar on top and right next to it there always was a plate of an oatmeal cookie make with ammonia powder that 50 years later I am still trying to recreate. I’ve gotten close just not there yet….and to top it off she always had swedish coffee in demitas cups and the laughter from watching the older men with larger noses get them stuck in the cup…..

Darlene November 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars with cream cheese frosting, which really seems like a 13 x 9 cake, are a hit in our home. Good luck on Friday Anna, we’ll be rooting for you! Hope you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are having.

Entchensson November 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin gingerbread with orange hard sauce and I make it. I love to make all of the holiday treats around here :)

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