Monday, November 22, 2010

A Fail Moment! Choux Pastry gone flat

For the last 3 Sundays, the Wife and I have been finding ways to past time other than going out to spend money (something that we are extremely lacking of). So instead of going out for a good lunch, we spend a small portion of that on flour, castor sugar, baking paper, eggs and search for simple recipes.

So the first week, we baked a banana cake, with the top, on the brink of being burnt (note: to switch on the lights when you look at the cake), the week after we made a muffin where we stuffed some leftover chocolate and Tim Tams which didn't raise like we wanted to.

With no success at our belt, it didn't help we have been religiously watching Junior Masterchef and having seen a 12 year old make choux pastry as part of replicating Adriano Zumbo's dessert, we took it one step at a time and decided to make the choux pastry first.

Problem no 1: Don't attempt recipe that involves measurement beyond 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup or 1/4 cup without a measuring scale. The recipe asked for a 105ml of water, 135 ml of milk, 5grams of salt and castor sugar, 100gms of butter, 3 eggs and an egg yolk. What happens? I put in way too salt and it tasted like a savoury shell.

Problem no 2: Don't bother if you don't have a proper mixer. Trying to whisk the mixture with a portable whisk and a bowl was tough, with everything flying out.

Problem no 3: Follow the instructions, the recipe called for either a diameter of 3cm and 6cm. We happily piped out different sizes after we thought the big ones wouldn't raise.

That being said, it did go into the oven at 185 c.


 It did look like it was raising but the itchy hands of mine decided to see clearly and opened the oven.

Apparently in the show, the chef said that is a big no no, i meant NO NO.

So look what happened.


Most of them fell flat in no time while there were like 3 that looked vaguely like a profiterole. With no accuracy what so ever in making this, i must admit, with a bit of whipped cream and jam, this tasted still awesome, i mean how wrong can eggs, butter and flour be?

Quite wrong apparently.

Let me go get a weighing scale, i vow to sort out this choux pastry.

Lets see how i try to re-create this next week.

For those that want to see the full recipe and attempt at the complete dessert, go to the Masterchef website.


J said...

Some of them look like you accidentally sat on them leh...

Haha.. Hey, it's a good first effort wat. If it was me trying to bake that, for sure the results will be even more interesting!

Michelle Chin said...

Hmm... making choux pastry is difficult for me. Maybe I'm not a baking person.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: it is hard!!

j: if i sat on them, i dont think you will c anything..

Sean said...

heheh, but we learn from our mistakes, rite. i assume even the best chefs have made pastries that went wrong during their early days :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: i think it was a case of wanting to fly before i learn how to walk haha.

PureGlutton said...

This is such a comical post ;-D Nvm, try again... looking fwd to see how yr next episode will turn out!

qwazymonkey said...

I know how that feels. But worry not. Baking, as i found out the hard way, comes with practice. So just keep on doing it and you'll see results. Or so say the masters. I've had my fair share of hits and misses too. Misses are mostly due to my "pandai-pandai" attitude to modify recipes. So lesson learned, stick to recipe unless you become a master yourself.

Until then, perhaps u can ask Ah Pa to give you video conference lesson. Who knows, one day u can open FBB.Brisbane :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: im afraid thats BIG shoes to fill for FBB Brisbane haha.

pureglutton: im dreading it actually haha.

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Omg you beat manually with a whisk?!! *salute*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: its the hand held machine one not the full set..and my bowl wasn't deep enough and it was everywhere!

babe_kl said...

your first attempt is quite good already. anyway, you're not advised to open your oven during baking of cakes too unless it's already more than half way there

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babe_kl: yeah i learnt not to have itchy hands!