Monday, December 26, 2011

Day 7: The Twelve Days of Christmas

 Today we are celebrating the 7th Day….Seven Swans A Swimming of the Twelve Days of Christmas. This is probably my very favorite of the days as I love the swans we are making. And here they are:


Christmas Swan Cream Puffs on a

 Chocolate Pond
                                                                                
                                                                                 
I had more fun making these and coming up with new and creative ideas for them. I had done these for weddings before but for Christmas I really wanted them to be extra fancy and special. Aren't these adorable! And they are to die for, as they taste SO good. Your family, friends and guests will love them and be so impressed!!


In a future post I will do a step by step tutorial but here is the recipe and I do hope you enjoy it as much as I do. They sound difficult to make but really aren't. The trick is to bake the bodies long enough without getting over browned as explained in the recipe.


Christmas Swan Cream Puffs on a  Chocolate Pond

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter cut into pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2 pkgs (3.4 ounces each) instant pudding mix (either vanilla OR cheesecake flavor…your choice… I personally like the vanilla the best)
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Powdered sugar for dusting swans
10-12 Thin Red ribbons cut about 12-15  inches in length  for neck bows and streamers
Green candy ‘holly’ – two pieces per swan (from a bottle of Christmas Sprinkles)
Red candy ’berries’ (also from a bottle of Christmas Sprinkles)
1 tsp. white corn syrup for ‘glue’ (or icing can be substituted)
1 cup or more Chocolate or hot fudge sauce (warmed to be pourable)  from a bottle or homemade
3 fresh Strawberries with leaves attached, washed and dried
In a saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously until a smooth ball forms. Remove the sauce pan from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until incorporated. Beat until smooth and shiny.
 Cut a ½ hole in the corner of a heavy-duty freezer resealable plastic bag (like ziplock.) Fill bag with about ½ cup of batter. On a greased baking sheet, pipe 10-12 three inch long "S" shapes for the swan necks. Make a small dollop at one end of each S for the head. Bake at 425° for about 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven to cool. Don’t over bake and get overbrowned.
 For swan bodies, put large spoonfuls of batter onto greased baking sheets. With a spoon spread each out to form an oval about 3 ½ inches long and 2 ½ inches wide. (There should be 10-12  using all the batter). Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Do NOT UNDERBAKE.   NOTE: It is essential to poke a hole the last 5 minutes of baking the puffs so they don't collapse. But don’t over brown either. The tops of the  puffs should be hard to the touch when ready. If they are too soft they will collapse. If necessary at this point turn off oven and let sit in oven for a half hour. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. NOTE: This can be done a day in advance.
 Meanwhile put pudding mixes into a medium to large bowl. Add the milk and mix well. Set aside to ‘set’ about 5 minutes. Whip the cream adding the sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold in the whipped cream into the pudding. Chill.
 Just before serving carefully slice off top third of swan bodies; set tops aside. Remove any soft dough inside. Spoon pudding mixture into bottoms of puffs dividing mixture evenly. Cut reserved tops in half lengthwise to form wings; set wings at an angle in filling. Dust with powdered sugar. Meanwhile tie a ribbon around the neck of each swan underneath the head making a bow with small streamer. With a small dab of white corn syrup or frosting, ‘glue’ the green candy holly leaves and red candy berries on the knot of the red bows. Carefully put a neck in each swans body at the top of the angled wings into the filling. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar again.
Front view

Side View
                                                            
 Pour the chocolate sauce or warmed hot fudge onto a round or oval platter. Carefully set seven of the Swans in a circle facing out on the outward edge of the chocolate ‘pond.’ Arrange strawberries in center of the ‘pond.’ Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 10-12 Christmas Swans on a chocolate pond. Expect raves. These are delicious and make a ‘Wow’ presentation.
                                                                                       




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  Nann
                   
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44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely breath taking Lady Nann!!! I love your creativity. I think this is my favorite so far ~ each day gets better & better. I have not had cream puffs in so long. These sound so delicious!! You are amazing!!!!

Kelli Henderson (The Pharmcook) said...

Nann,
This is so pretty I called my husband in to see! I will need that step by step tutorial..... :)
Kelli

Gypsy Heart said...

You are incredibly talented! These are beyond gorgeous...just perfection. I would love to try and make them.

Thanks for sharing!
xo
Pat

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, my guests would be BLOWN AWAY with these! I can't wait for the tutorail! be sure to temind us on FB when you do the post, I came from there to see these. XO, Pinky

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Nann, these look amazing! So beautiful!

Designs By Pinky said...

Thanks so much! I would be happy to set a table for you! Just bring me some FOOD:):):)

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Oh MY! Visiting from TTT. These look exquisite! Also looks very good but too good to eat. My mom used to make cream puffs all the time but have no clue what happened to many of her recipes after she passed away. I think I will try yours, but they are going to be a much simpler version in shape.....like round. You must have a lot of patience. Great job!

Susan,the party bee said...

you are delightful. one of my most favorite themes at Christmas and you created it so imaginatively. can't wait for more

Sallie said...

Your swans are amazing! You are definitely an artist. I don't think I have the courage to try this.
Thanks for stopping by Texas Cottage.

Ami w/AliLilly said...

WOW!! These look absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, these are exquisite, just breathtaking. I can't believe you make these. Stunning. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen said...

These are so pretty! I would like to give it a try, some day when I have a lot of time!
Love the presentation!

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Hi Nann! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting about the puff pastry ideas. You're very welcome. I think its a great staple to have on hand and you make something elegant, as you say, out of nothing.

I absolutely adore those swan cream puffs and can't wait to see the tutorial. How glamourous!

Thanks again for stopping by.

Anne @ Domesblissity x

Suzy said...

Wow! These are amazing! They're way to pretty to eat. You are one talented lady!

vikki said...

You are so creative, can't wait to see what you do on the 8th day! I am now your newest follower.

Honey at 2805 said...

These are adorable!

Jo's This and That said...

Nann, Just Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Barbara said...

Nann...
These swans are beautiful...much too pretty to eat although I am sure they are simply scrumptous!
Thank you for stopping by 21 Rosemary Lane and leaving such a lovely comment...and thank you for following me. Now I am following you!
Wishing you a very happy New Year and looking forward to following your blogging adventures here!

Cheryl said...

Hi Nann, Visiting over from WOW, Savvy Southern Style!!The swans are simply amazing!! I am definitely going to remember these, to serve for some party or dinner I am going to have.. What a wonderful idea!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I am happy to have found your blog!! xoxoxo
Happy New Year!!
xoxox
Cheryl;-)

Andrea (Softer Side of Me) said...

Hi Nann, Thanks for the sweet comment and I am one of your new followers!
These adorable swans brought back a memory of 22 years ago when I had these at our wedding reception. Always an eye catcher and crowd pleaser!
Andrea

LDH said...

Lovely as can be!

Sending wishes for a very Happy new Year!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Hi! Your swans are stunning to look at. Beautiful! I would love to be able to make them. I will be your newest follower. Happy New Year! Pat

Moogie said...

WOW!!!! Super presentation.

Paxton said...

Oh my goodness! Those look gorgeous AND delicious! Thank you SO much for sharing! I need to try those out!

Ann said...

WOW, these are too cool looking. I would expect to find these in an elite bakery. Gorgeous.
Ann

Lorraine said...

Your swans are just fabulous!!! Happy New Year!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Happy New Year! Those look so wonderful, yummy and just too good to eat! Love it! Hugs marilou

chubskulit said...

Such a beautiful creation! Following you back, thanks for the wishes and for the visit!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So pretty, they look amazing! Happy New Year:@)

Dianne said...

I can't wait for the detailed post. These are so lovely and I want to make them. Thanks for posting and wetting my appetite. Happy New Year! Dianne

kitty said...

What beauties your 7 Swans are, Nann!! Your creativity is inspiring. Happy New Year!!

Valrie said...

Yummy! Holy Holly Christmas! Looking forward to the tutorial!

Happy New Year!

Valrie

Sarah said...

Nann, I've just discovered your blog over at Seasonal Sundays. Happy to find you! These swans are a darling idea. I look forward to learning how you made them. I'm off to see your other posts. Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

MsKitty said...

Lady Nann,

I love you blog and the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Look at all these comments!! It's because you've had the nerve to take on something most of us haven't had the nerve to! :) I've always wanted to make these...yours turned out beautifully! I wonder if I'll ever get to them. They're a lovely Williamsburg "art." Wonderful!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

PS - I'm following you now. I invite you to visit me, and follow if you like what you see.

Helen's Decor said...

Hi Nann! I'm wishing you could pass me a swan...they look and sound divine! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you following me. Happy New Year, Helen

The Tablescaper said...

These look delsih!!!

Happy New Year's.

- The Tablescaper

Kristen said...

I just found your blog and loved your swan post. I also make these and thought you would like to see my blog post about it. Thank you, Kristen

http://knitionary.blogspot.com/2011/02/swans-again.html

Fishtail Cottage said...

too beautiful to eat....xoox, tracie

Mel Cole said...

wow, i want to see a video of how you do that :) i'd love to make those swan puffs you got. Hope to see you in my Pink Saturday entries one and two. Happy New Year!

Claire said...

These are amazing-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

Bliss said...

These are my second favorite of the 12 days, they are absolutely beautiful!

~Bliss~

cookbookcherie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Question for you: where did you find the recipe? is it an old Seventeen magazine recipe?

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