[Paris flair and an Eclair] Caramel Eclairs with a Nutella mascarpone swirl

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Finally I am done with all of my exams. Weeks of studying will now switch into free days full of traveling, baking and quality time with family and friends. As I am planning some exciting trips (and recipes!) I thought about my last trip in December, where I have been to Paris for a couple of days. It wasn’t my first time there, therefore we didn’t visit Disneyland or Versaille again. Instead we went to my favourite places such as the Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and of course the all-time classic: Musée du Louvre (I have to admit that I am a museum junkie!). I like the atmosphere and flair of the city so much. Sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower with some wine, baguette and cheese (I am in love with french cheese!) or walking besides the Seine with a big scoop of ice cream from Berthillon, located on Île Saint-Louis at sunset. And of course you have lots of possibilites to go shopping, in addition to the big department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, there are many tiny shops full of unique and handmade pieces.
Of course I couldn’t resist stopping by Café Ladurée. I had to buy my favourite macarons, pistachio! But another pastry catched my eye: Eclairs. Before then I never really tried making eclairs by myself. But when I thought about a new recipe for the blog I wanted to give them a new kick.
As the name of my blog reveals I am in love with french pastry. I already showed you my favourite recipe for macarons and crossaints and now I will show you my recipe for Caramel eclairs with a Nutella mascarpone swirl!
Eclairs are glazed and filled pastry made of choux pastry. There are approximately 10 cm long and the filling can be made of strawberry, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, vanilla cream, cream or pudding. It is often coated with chocolate, caramel, fondant or icing. I decided to make a mascapone cream with a nutella (nougat) swirl and a caramel and chocolate glazing!

Eclairs with a Nutella mascarpone swirl

ingredients:
250 g water
0,5 tablespoon salt
60 g butter
150 g flour (sifted)
4 eggs

filling:
500 g mascarpone
400 ml heavy cream
250 ml yogurt
3-4 tbsp. white sugar
2 tbsp. Triple sec
2-3 tbsp. Nutella or nougat
decoration:
8 caramel candy
5 tbsp. heavy cream
150 g chocolate

Directions:
  1. In a heavy and wide saucepan, stir together the water, butter and salt and let it boil while stiring it the whole time. Remove from heat and add the sifted flour with wooden spoon until no flour can be seen anymore and it turns into a white clump.
  2. Now add add the eggs one after another until fully incorporated and the mixture is a clump again.
  3. Preheat oven to 220°C and prepare baking sheets. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag. Now pipe dough into 8-10 cm lengths (as you prefer).
  4. Bake for 20 minutes (depends on your oven!). Then remove from oven and tranfer them to a wire rack. Now, when they are still hot, cut into two halves.
  5. Prepare the filling: In a bowl beat heavy cream until nearly stiff. In another bowl mix macarpone, yogurt, sugar and triple sec, in the end add the heavy cream. Melt the nougat/Nutella and add the swirl with a fork (like you can see on the picture above).
  6. For the decoration melt chocolate in a saucepan and in another saucepan melt caramel candy and heavy cream. Take the tops of the eclairs and decorate either with chocolate or caramel or both.
  7. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag. Pipe on the bottoms of the eclaires and put the tops onto it.

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice

[the everyday-everytime-everywhere] Banana strawberry Nutella semifreddo

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If someone ask for one thing which is typically for a german breakfast. The answer will be Nutella. When my brothers and me went shopping with my mum they were a few things we wanted to have everytime. First some colorful packed sweets which look very appealing for kids but taste horrible. And last but not least: Nutella. The magic chocolate spread which is a little bit nutty and chocolatly in taste.

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When I thought about an ice cream combination, I had to think about something with Nutella in it (+ when I visited my family this weekend my mum bought a new XXL family jar of Nutella!). And is there anything better than the combination of chocolate and banana? Yes! If you add a few strawberries, it will turn out creamy and refreshing on one side and rich in chocolate and banana taste on the other side. I called this kind of ice cream “semifreddo” which means half frozen. It’s important to mention that this recipe is without an egg, therefore the texture is less creamy and it tastes better when you take it off the freezer 10-15 minutes earlier.

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Banana strawberry Nutella semifreddo

Ingredients:
200 g bananas
200 g heavy cream
Handful of strawberries (about 50 g)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
2 tablespoon Nutella or any other chocolate spread

Directions:

  1. In a blender mix together the bananas and heavy cream. Add the strawberries and vanilla sugar. The consistency should be semi fluid. If you want it sweeter add sugar.
  2. Fill in a plastic box. Next add the Nutella with a spoon.
  3. Freeze in for at least 6 hours.

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By the way, my mum always bought very healthy food! (but of course up to today somtimes a glass of Nutella ends up in our shopping bag!)

Enjoy!

xxx

Caprice