Maple creamed my dinner
Wednesday January 02nd 2013, 12:11 am
Filed under: Family,Food,Friends

Wholly (non-) cow was this good!

Michelle’s friend Jenny came over: they have an annual tradition of baking something scrumptious and unusual together in our kitchen over the holidays. Everybody looks forward to it.

Michelle loves making cream puffs but had had a hard time coming up with a dairy-free version that didn’t make us all wish she could eat cream and butter like the rest of us.

And so. I don’t know what they did differently re the puffs themselves, but they were crisp and perfect and what they had always aspired to be. But the filling! Chestnut puree made into a thick–they called it pudding, but that doesn’t quite do it justice. It did not soggyify the puffs even after a few hours together in the fridge.

“Mom! I thought you didn’t like chestnuts!”

I didn’t even remember that nor know if it had been true– “It’s been so long since I’ve had any,” I answered. But THIS! Wow!

I’d had a little bottle of maple butter long hoarded away, ie, simply, maple syrup cooked further down, and they’d mixed that up to top the things off with. I’m not normally a big icing fan–who needs random straight sugar covering up good-tasting food?–but paired with that chestnut, this was a revelation. I’d never had anything like it.

“Did you use a–is there a written-down rendition of what you guys did?” I asked her. “I want those again!”

“Well, sort of,” she said; Jenny was going to get back to her with it.

I’m waiting….

Meantime, Costco had shelled, peeled, roasted, all-the-work-done chestnuts for $4-something a 20 oz bag and we have a bag. The next stage in the experimentation will be with making our own sweetened puree rather than the tube that Jenny had brought over, and I am running back to that store tomorrow before it’s all gone post-holidays.

And I’m clearly going to be ordering more of that maple butter. (Actually, after typing that, just did, a pound and a half, since the extra half pound wasn’t going to cost any extra shipping charges.)

Remember that weight that doctor wanted me to gain? Well now.

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Love it. Sounds wonderful! I’m not much on chestnuts, but I’ll take your word for it…

Happy New Year!

Comment by Channon 01.02.13 @ 7:56 am

Oh they sound wonderful! Maybe the fiber in the nut puree helps offset the sugar rush? At any rate, you can’t go wrong with maple and nuts.

Comment by DebbieR 01.02.13 @ 10:02 am

Oh, you guys are always doing something scrumptious! And you are one of the few people I know who doesn’t have to worry about putting on extra pounds.

Comment by Don Meyer 01.02.13 @ 10:29 am

Yum. I have a few ounces of peeled chestnuts in my refrigerator, please get them to hurry with that recipe!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.02.13 @ 9:34 pm

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