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Croquembouche with Coconut Pastry Cream


Croquembouche with Coconut Pastry Cream

The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.

photograph of profiteroles

I was quite happy with the challenge; it sounded easy enough to complete. However I did cheat a bit by using tried and tested recipes for the choux pastries and the pastry cream since I was pressed for time with the traveling I had planned for this month.

photograph of profiteroles, pastry cream, and chocolate glaze

Since I've made profiteroles a few weeks before May's challenge was announced I thought it would be nice to try and make coconut-flavored pastry cream. Pretty easy to do; just substitute coconut milk for whole milk in the recipe and voila!


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