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Caramel Croquembouche Holiday Tree

Ingredients

  • 70 mini cream puffs, frozen, prepared
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 4x12 (approximately) foam cone, covered in gold foil

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

5 minutes

Serves:

60

Your guests will be delighted with this dazzling display of caramel and cream puffs in a tree shape for Christmas or any holiday special occasion. And then they get to taste this incredible holiday dessert.

Why Try? This Croquembouche is the ultimate when it comes to holiday desserts. Not only will it taste scrumptious, but it’s quite a whimsical display.

Foodie Byte: You can make your own cream puffs, or, to simplify this classic French dessert Christmas tree, use already prepared frozen mini cream puffs which are readily available at most grocery stores. Have a stainless steel bowl of ice water (mostly ice) ready before you start cooking the sugar syrup.

Preparation

  1. For the sugar syrup: In a 3 quart saucepan combine sugar and salt. Add 2/3 cup water to moisten the sugar. Cover and boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until the caramel is light golden. Immediately put the bottom of the pot in the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Remove the pot from the water.
  2. Take each individual cream puff and first dip the top into the sugar syrup and set on parchment paper to cool slightly. Dip the same cream puff a second time on the bottom and immediately place, side by side, on the platter surrounding the cone to form a ring.
  3. Add another layer to begin stacking cream puffs so that they hug the cone forming the tree shape.
  4. Once all the cream puffs are placed; drizzle any remaining sugar syrup over the cream puffs starting at the top of the tree going all the way to the bottom.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories 85, Carbohydrates 12g, Cholesterol 20mg, Fat 4g, Fat Calories 37, Protein 0.58g, Saturated Fat 2g, Sodium 108mg. Daily Values: Calcium 4.05mg 0%, Magnesium 0.03mg 0%, Iron 0.07mg 0%, Vitamin C 2%, Vitamin A 2%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.