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Daring Bakers Challenge: Choux Swans by cakecrumbs Daring Bakers Challenge: Choux Swans by cakecrumbs
This month's daring bakers challenge was to make filled choux pastry dessert of some sort, preferably shaped. The default option was swans. I entertained doing another shape, but couldn't get passed the idea of doing the swans. I've been wanting to for so long, it was lovely for an excuse to make them.

These are filled with vanilla crème pâtissiére and Chantilly cream. I served them on a plate of blueberry jelly to mimic a pond-like surface.

I also have a mega soft spot for swans. The black swan was the first species I studied as an undergraduate Zoologist.

I also made a chocolate-coated alternative:


Recipe is over at the blog: [link]

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Old-Crow Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'd like to take the chocolate covered ones, freeze and eat them that way. :nod: I have a sweet tooth for frozen cream~ ^.^

Lovely shape and nice photography btw.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thanks!
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JamJams Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I probably wouldn't be able to pass the cream part... Since, I would eat it all before it got to the swans. XD
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Haha. I nearly did. Vanilla bean made it so yummy.
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JamJams Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I make a vanilla bean custard for my crepes and I usually tend to eat most of the custard before my crepes are even made. XD But yeah, real vanilla flavor can never be topped.
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amazingostriche Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I would say they looked tasty, if I could put for a second out of my mind the thought of the challenge it must have been to get those heads as they are :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Haha. They're actually pretty simple. Choux pastry is pretty easy to pipe - you basically just pipe a number 2 shape, then use wet fingertips to shape the beak.
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing!! *almost* too cute to eat!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Where there's a will, there's a way. ;)
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LuffyNoTomo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
omg these are beautiful~! both chocolate covered and regular ones =D im gonna check out the recipe
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