Mint Julep Profiteroles


The iconic drink of the Kentucky Derby in a sweet, dessert form of Mint Julep Profiteroles.

Mint Julep Profiteroles
Yield: approximately 50 profiteroles
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  1. 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
  2. 1 cup unsalted butter, diced
  3. 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
  4. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 9 eggs, divided
  7. 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds
  9. Mint Ice Cream (recipe follows)
  10. Chocolate-Bourbon Sauce (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups water, butter, and seeds from scraped vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Add the flour and salt, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat; cool for 4 minutes.
  3. Add 8 eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon for 30 seconds after each addition; stir until smooth.
  4. On an ungreased baking sheet, spoon or pipe 1-tablespoon mounds of dough, spacing 3 inches apart. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and remaining 1 tablespoon water. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each mound of dough with egg wash, and sprinkle each evenly with the brown sugar and almonds.
  5. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden and puffed. Cool completely. Cut off the top section of each puff, and reserve; pull out and discard soft interior dough. Scoop softened Mint Ice Cream into a piping bag, and pipe ice cream into hollow puffs; replace tops. Drizzle with Chocolate-Bourbon Sauce; serve remaining sauce on the side. Serve immediately.
  1. • Unfilled profiterole shells will keep for 2 to 3 days refrigerated in an airtight container.
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Mint Ice Cream
Yield: approximately 2 quarts
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  1. 4 cups half-and-half
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
  4. 3 sprigs fresh mint
  5. 12 egg yolks
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the half-and-half, sugar, seeds from scraped vanilla bean, and mint. Heat until mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Using a ladle, pour 1 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture in a slow, steady stream into the beaten yolks, whisking constantly. Slowly add a second cup of half-and-half mixture, whisking constantly.
  3. Transfer the yolk-half-and-half mixture back to saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, or until mixture reaches 180˚ on an instant-read thermometer.
  4. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a stainless-steel bowl set in an ice bath. Stir until the custard is very cold. Freeze the custard in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Chocolate-Bourbon Sauce
Yield: 2 cups
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  1. ¾ cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  2. 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. ¼ cup bourbon
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat half-and-half or cream until steam rises from the surface. One ingredient at a time, add the chocolate, butter, and bourbon, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Use immediately, or set aside and gently rewarm before serving.
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  From TeaTime May/June 2009

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