easy desserts & recipes: choux à la crème (meet marie)
The two creators of myFudo, one of the most fun and informative food community sites in the Internet, are great friends who have not yet seen each other in “real” life. If asked what they would do if they did get to meet, these would be their answers: If someone had told me years ago that I would find true friendship in the Internet, I wouldn’t have believed them. I would have shrugged of the very idea that I would find any remote semblance of a friend in any person I meet on the computer. But life is unpredictable, and gave me an unexpected gift in the form of Camille. Although we have never met in real life, I hold her dear to my heart and consider her a friend in every sense of the word. Would you believe that we have been friends for three years now? Wow! Managing myFudo together has brought us even closer as we share our love for food, among other things. If we were to meet someday, I will offer her my favorite dishes, and it will be a feast full of fun and laughter as if we had always known each other since childhood. For dessert, I will serve her choux cream, those delicious puff pastries that are also known as “cream puff” to Americans, “choux à la crème” to the French, “profiterole”, and “prophiteról” to the Greeks. They are the quintessential embodiment of just how versatile this dessert is no matter what part of the world it comes from. It still keeps the essence of what it is known to me, just like my friendship with Camille, wherever ends of the earth we find ourselves to be in, there’s this certain something that draws us together. Now, these delectable pastries are filled with either pastry cream, whipped cream, or ice cream, and are topped with a caramel glaze or chocolate sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. Profiteroles are smaller versions of the pastry. Which yet again proves another point: what you see is not always what you get and it’s always the inside that counts. Our friendship developed from the inside, because there were no superficial outsides to judge, which made our understanding of each other all the more pure. Being a Francophile (French American) I am proud to acknowledge that choux cream has French roots and each choux à la crème is assembled into a pièce montée to resemble a mountain and is often the centerpiece in a wedding or Christmas. Choux cream are elegant and delectable pastries, and I place much care and time into their creation. They would be fitting gustatory treats for my friend, Camille, as we share our stories and our secrets without embarrassment or restraint, nary a care in the world nor having to worry about the decorum of how to conduct oneself because there simply are no reservations between friends! This post will be a guest post on December 27th 2011 on "Life Tastes Like Food".