A GBBO 2015 inspired bake, these cream horns have been flavoured two ways. Firstly with a beautiful lemon posset and raspberries; and secondly with the British classic of apple crumble and custard!
How dramatic was this week's GGBO episode which saw the contestants having to leave their Religieuse a L'ancienne for two hours to see if they collapsed whilst they had lunch! I wonder how much they managed to actually eat?!
Post Script: There were some amazing cream horns and interesting flavours submitted by other bakers in the challenge hosted by Jenny at Mummy Misfits, so I'm sooo delighted to have been awarded the Star Baker badge for my bake! Yay! :-)
So this week's episode focussed on patisserie. The contestants were challenged with making 2 different flavoured Cream Horns in the signature dish, mini coffee flavoured Genoese sponge cakes called Mokatines in the technical challenge and a Religieusse a L'ancienne, a nun sculpture made of eclaires, in the showstopper. Mr E & I soon discounted the éclair sculpture. We toyed with making the mini cakes with an alternative flavour given that neither of us like coffee but decided to give the cream horns a whirl.
The first flavour combination I made was Lemon Posset with Raspberry. A lemon posset is a historic recipe which sees the heated cream thicken when the lemon juice is added. This mixture was piped into the horns, a raspberry was placed in the centre as a little surprise and then topped with more lemon posset and a scattering of freeze dried raspberries.
The second flavour was a seasonal classic of Apple Crumble & Custard, one of my favourites! The cream horn was filled with a crème patissiere, topped with some apple puree spiced with cinnamon and then finished with a sprinkling of crumble.
I made our own puff pastry the day before my actual bake, allowing it to chill thoroughly in the fridge overnight. Although puff pastry can take a while to make due to all of the chilling time involved, a necessary step to keep the butter cold, the actual hands on time is fairly minimal. I used some strong white bread flour in the pastry as suggested by Mr P Hollywood and performed only 4 'turns' again suggested in the show. The show advised that too many 'turns' can result in the horns collapsing because of the extra air trapped between the numerous layers.
Now, as I have never made cream horns before I carried out a little search of the net to see what hints and tips I could find. I came across Wartime Housewife, a site which I found helpful and provided many useful tips for making these little dudes!
So, as I have never made cream horns before, I clearly didn't have any manufactured moulds. So following a tip suggested by Flora, I decided to wrap ice-cream cones in tin foil. The cones I had purchased needed to be trimmed due to the altered angle of the cone. Out of 21 cones, only 1 fractured during the trimming (thankfully!). They were then wrapped in tin foil and greased with butter before being wrapping with the puff pastry strips. The one difficulty I had was removing them from the cooked pastry, simply due the fact that I had taken the pastry a wee bit too near the rim of the makeshift cone. This said, I only had one casualty during this step! Phew!
I had intended to 'paint' the inside of the pastry horns with melted white chocolate. Although I've not seen cream horn recipes suggest this, probably due to the fiddly nature of doing it, it is something which is recommended when making fruit tarts to prevent the filling softening the pastry before they are eaten. Unfortunately the white chocolate which I thought was in the cupboard had already been used!
And the verdict? They were simply delicious, the pastry being beautifully crisp and flaky. The sprinkled caster sugar giving it another crisp, almost caramelised note. The lemon posset with raspberry was my Mum's favourite, with that lovely citrus flavour and slight tartness from the raspberry hiding inside. My favourite was the apple crumble and custard. It's just a classic combination of flavours and was scrumptious. And Mr E? Well, although he applauded the effort I had made and the visual look of them, he declined to try one....something about his body being a temple! He's so funny! ;-)
So let's get to it and bake.
Cream Horns - Lemon Posset with Raspberry and Apple Crumble & Custard Yum
Yield: 16 cones, 8 of each flavour
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Freezable: Sorry, untested
Time: hands on time about 90 minutes; plus chilling time, 30 - 39 minutes total bake time.
You will need:
2 x Baking Trays
2 x Piping Bags
Small heavy Based Pan
Medium Heavy Based Pan
21 x ice-cream cones or manufactured metal cones
Stick Blender (optional)
Tumbler glasses to stand the horns in
For the Puff Pastry
200g Plain Flour, plus extra for rolling
100g Strong White Bread Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
300g Unsalted Butter, chilled
1 tsp Lemon Juice
140ml - 150ml Cold Water
Butter or Margarine to grease
Caster Sugar for sprinkling
For the Lemon Posset with Raspberry Filling
300ml Double Cream
75g Caster Sugar
2 Lemons (zest of 1, juice of 2)
8 Fresh (or frozen, defrosted) Raspberries
Freeze Dried Raspberry Pieces
For the Apple Crumble & Custard Filling
1 Bramley Apple
1 Small eating apple, eg Coxs
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 dessert spoon Caster Sugar
Splash of Water
20g SR Flour
10g Butter, chilled and diced
10g Golden Caster Sugar
180ml Milk (not skimmed)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 egg yolks
32g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp. Corn Flour
How to make them:
1. Make the lemon posset. Place the cream and sugar into a medium heavy based pan. Place over a low heat to allow the sugar to slowly dissolve. Increase the heat slightly and set the kitchen timer to 3 minutes. Once the cream comes to the boil reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes add the lemon zest and half of the juice. Beat with a wooden spoon until well combined and smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice as necessary, beat again. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool. Once cold cover and place into the fridge for at least 2 hours or even over night.
2. Make the puff pastry dough. Place the flours and salt into a bowl and combine with you hand. Add 50g of the cold butter and cut into small cubes. Rub between your fingers to make breadcrumbs. Slowly add the cold water and using a pallet knife, or similar, cut through the mixture until it makes a dough. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and bring the dough together into a ball and flatten into a disc. Avoid over handling the dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
3. Prepare the butter layer. Place the remaining cold butter between two sheets of greaseproof paper. Using a rolling pin pound the butter to flatten it out. Fold it to make the surface area smaller and pound again. Repeat until the butter is soft and more pliable, but still cold. Shape into a square measuring about 12cm.
4. Encase the butter in the dough. Remove the dough from the fridge, unwrap it and place it onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a neat oblong measuring about 15cm x 38cm. Place the butter into the centre of the dough. Cover the butter with the dough. With your fingers (or the side of a knife if your hands are naturally warm) seal the sides of the dough parcel so that the butter is well encased. Turn the dough over so that the seam is now on the underside and sprinkle some more flour on the work surface.
5. Fold and 'Turn' the dough. Roll the pastry into a long neat oblong about 40cm long. Lift the pastry edge furthest from you and lay it at the centre point. Lift the pastry edge nearest to you and also lay at the centre point. The two pastry edges will now be butted. Fold the pastry in half along this line. Turn the dough 90 degree to the right. This is one turn. Roll the pastry into an oblong and repeat another turn. Place two thumb marks on the side of the pastry to remind yourself it's had two turns. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
6. Perform two more turns. Remove the pastry from the fridge and place it on a lightly floured work surface in the correct orientation (ie/ the dough's 'smiley face' is to the right hand side). Roll out into a neat oblong and perform two more turns. The dough will have had 4 turns now. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes (or overnight as I did) until you are ready to make the pastry horns.
7. Make the crème patissiere. Pour the milk and vanilla extract into a small heavy based pan and place over a medium heat. Using a balloon whisk, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and corn flour in a bowl sat on a tea towl. Once the milk is about to come to the boil slowly pour half of the milk over the egg mixture whisking constantly. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring thoroughly all of the time until thickened. Empty the mixture into a bowl. Cover with cling film so that the film is in contact with the mixture. Set aside to cool.
8. Preheat the oven to 180c / 160 fan / Gas 4.
9. Make the apple mixture. Peel, core and dice the two apples. Place into the pan along with the sugar, cinnamon and a little water. Set the pan over a medium heat to cook and break down the apples. Once cooked you may want to puree the mixture with a stick blender (or similar).
10. Make the crumble mixture. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper which is tacked down with margarine or butter in the corners. Place the flour and chilled butter into a bowl. Rub together with your thumb and finger tips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar. Tip the mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, forking through the mixture after 8 minutes. Once baked, tip the crumble into a bowl and set aside to cool.
11. Prepare the horn moulds. If you are using the ice-cream cones you may need to trim the cones with a sharp knife to remove the open section which is at a different angle to the body of the cone. Wrap in foil squares tucking the excess foil in the open end to secure. Grease the makeshift or manufactured moulds with butter or margarine.
12. Prepare the baking trays. Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper, tacked down in each corner with margarine. Place the trays in the fridge.
13. Shape the pastry. Remove the pastry from the fridge and place onto a floured work surface. Roll out into a neat square measuring about 38-40cm (this will be the length needed for each cone). Neaten the edges with a sharp knife if necessary. Cut a strip of pastry about 2.5 - 3cm wide. Using a pastry brush lightly paint the upper surface with water. Carefully lift the pastry and with the wet side on the outer side wrap the pastry around the horn in a spiral, overlapping it a little . Trim off the excess pastry and gently apply pressure to seal to the top edge and the pointed end. Lay the prepared horn seam side down on the baking tray. Keep the tray in the fridge. Repeat with the rest of the pastry, positioning them on the tray with sufficient space for them to expand and puff up. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
14. Preheat the oven to 200c / 180 Fan / Gas 6.
15. Bake. Gently paint them with a little milk. Liberally sprinkle with caster sugar. Place in the oven and bake for 20 - 27 minutes. You may need to rotate the tray after about 15 minutes.
16. Cool. Once baked remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. After 5 minutes remove the horn moulds from their centre. Take your time doing this. Allow to cool fully.
17. Assemble the lemon posset with raspberry cream horn, just before they are required. Stir through the posset mixture and spoon into a piping bag, no nozzle required. Half fill 8 of the horns with the mixture. Place a raspberry into the horn (being careful of the juice emitting from the defrosted raspberries). Fill with some more posset. Stand in a tumbler to allow the mixture to firm up again. Scatter with freeze dried raspberries.
18. Assemble the apple crumble & custard cream horns, just before they are required. Thoroughly stir the crème patisserie to ensure it is smooth. Spoon into a piping bag and three quarter fill the pastry horn. Using a teaspoon add some of the apple compote. Stand the horns in tumbler glasses as they are assembled. Scatter with crumble mixture, firming it into the apple a little with your finger.
This recipe has been shared with:Rhyme & Ribbon and Ala at This Particular Blog