Happy Birthday to meeeeee!!!
I made my own dessert. Is that weird?! I have no idea. I’m weird, so it’s probably fitting, right??
Besides, not much has changed:
Yep. As my mom says, “To our sweet girl (who still attacks dessert with dedication and gusto–and looks just as cute doing it!!) Happy 24th Birthday!
Much much Love, Mom and Dad”. That’s fairly accurate, don’t you think?! And I know for a fact I still make that face…
I’ve always wanted to make choux pastry. So I did!! Forget cake. I love it and whatnot, but it’s my birthday so I’m playing by my own rules. Besides, all you really need to do is makes something delicious that you can put a candle on. Because birthdays are definitely NOT birthdays without smelling candle smoke. Nothing reminds me more of a birthday than smoking candles!
My birthday rules are thus (and I just made them up soooo they’re going to apply from now on):
1. Excess is required.
2. Jazzercise is an excellent way to start the day and possibly offset the excesses of dessert that will happen.
4. Desserts must be excessive. Because… see rule number 1.
I think these are spot on. And I DID go to jazzercise yesterday morning which was fab and sweaty as usual and then I went and ate at least a cookie if not two (whoops, not quite sure how that happened) and then I ran around more and then I made these. And then I ate them! Muahahha.
24 is going to be excellent.
Chouquettes with Vegan Banana Cookie Dough Ice Cream + Salted Date Caramel
Wow really?? Could that title be any longer?? But it’s my birthday sooooo I can do whatever I want, up to and including making excessive desserts that are actually refined sugar free! Because that’s how I roll. Healthy indulgences in celebration of turning 24. Wheeee!! There is gluten, butter, and sprinkles in this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Chouquettes are lightly adapted from David Lebovitz (amazing!!), here. The date caramel is my own brainchild and the vegan banana ice cream is just embarrassingly easy… I made a half batch of chouquettes, which yielded 10. Recipe as listed yields 25 ish. And obvs made extra caramel and ice cream, obvs. These are also excellent stuffed with real ice cream… or pretty much anything.
For the chouquettes (which makes me feel really sophisticated to say, even if I mangle the pronunciation):
- 1 c water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 4 eggs, at room temp
- optional: chocolate chippies! I did them in half the batter
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425.
In a medium saucepan, heat water, salt, sugar, and butter, stirring often, until the butter is melted and the water starts to boil. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the entire amount of flour, stirring until the dough is incorporated and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan (it should clump up into a big blob). Let cool for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to release heat. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until dough is silky and smooth. If adding chocolate chips, let the dough cool completely before adding them. If not, begin dropping dough onto the prepared cookie sheet (I found that a single large spoon worked well), about 2 tbsp’s worth per blob. They’ll spread just a little so don’t put them too close together. Bake for 35 minutes, until puffed and golden. Remove to a cooling rack and serve warm or at room temp. Freeze any leftovers (or really, just eat them immediately).
For the vegan banana cookie dough “ice cream”:
- several frozen bananas (however many you need depends on the amount of peeps you’re serving)
- a good splash of plain almond milk
- 1+ tsp vanilla
- a dash of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp (ish) peanut butter
Blenderize all that good stuff in a food processor until creamy. The bananas magically turn into this great ice cream-like consistency!! Like magic. So wonderful and happily guilt free. You can flavor this however you like, I usually use about 1 banana per person, and freeze them in chunks for easy blending. Eat immediately! It’s best fresh.
Then throw all this in the food processor [dry ingredients first, then the wet until it all comes together] :
- 1 c raw cashews
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/6 c dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp unsalted almond butter
- excessive amounts of sprinkles. ha.
Et voila! Vegan, refined sugar free funfetti cookie dough. Muahahha. Mix it into your banana soft serve and be really happy about life.
Make salted date caramel:
Soak 1 c of pitted dates in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
Chuck them all into the food processor, followed by a judicious about of vanilla + unsweetened almond milk + a pinch of sea salt + giant heaping blog of almond butter and blendy blend blend until it’s all smooth.
Stuff the cookie dough banana deliciousness into a chouquette, top with a ridiculous amount of date caramel, and more sprinkles. Because… it’s your birthday. Or at least it’s mine. So you have an excuse to indulge anyway ;)