Coffee-Caramel Crème Mini-Puffs

The lazy afternoon stretched forever. I didn’t feel like putting down my book and pulling the curtains apart to let in the sun. But the room had become cold…it had been raining all morning. I had been craving creme puffs since an early breakfast, but had somehow resisted rushing off to the kitchen. Instead, I went through all the cookbooks looking up all the cream puff recipes. And I made these mini-puffs with a coffee creme filling and icing, for tea.

For the puffs I like using David Lebovitz’s recipe for pâte à choux, or Pierre Hermé’s choux recipe for his Chocolate Éclairs.

I added an extra tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar to make the mini-puffs sweeter.

Coffee Caramel Crème:

- Half cup heavy cream

- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar

- Half a teaspoon of freshly ground coffee (or espresso powder)

- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

- Half a teaspoon ground cinnamon

Bring the cream to a boil. Add the coffee, butter, vanilla essence and cinnamon and stir well. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for five minutes. Meanwhile, melt the sugar in a bain-marie until it becomes toffee-like (I’m a certified expert in burning caramel at this point, but I’m sure you’ll be more careful!).

Add the caramel to the cream mixture and stir well. I like to keep the icing (or if you use it as a filling) a little swirly, but that depends on you really. Smother the mini-puffs in the creme and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

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7 Comments

  1. Now that looks decadent.

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  2. wow…i want one nowwwwwwwwww

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  3. Celine

     /  September 18, 2008

    why hello there, beautiful blog, recipes, and pictures!

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  4. these look delightful. how you can resist not rushing to the kitchen is admirable. what i love most tho is that you scoured the cookbooks looking for recipes.

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  5. What a great way to warm up on a cold day. These Cream puffs look delicious.

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  6. Those look so tasty.. How lovely.

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  7. these look absolutely delicious! what a great way to embrace the cooler weather of the fall season :)

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