Pooped from puffs

"Does anyone ever ask you if you have a case of the Mondays?"

I'll never forget that line from one of my favorite movies of all time, Office Space. Today, I'm afraid, I was afflicted by such "case" and just couldn't muster much enthusiasm for our multiple batches of pate a choux. Maybe I just didn't get enough sleep. Or maybe day after day of being on my feet (and then writing about it) is catching up with me. It might be time to scale back my efforts before I collapse like an under-baked profiterol. 

So that I can go to bed at a reasonable hour, I am only posting some photos and comments of what we did in class today. Sorry, but it's Monday!

 Pate a choux (a cooked dough made with flour, water, butter, and eggs) was piped onto sheet trays and topped with "craquelins", a mixture of brown sugar, flour, and butter that is rolled and cut into circles. Wait until you see how they bake...

Pate a choux (a cooked dough made with flour, water, butter, and eggs) was piped onto sheet trays and topped with "craquelins", a mixture of brown sugar, flour, and butter that is rolled and cut into circles. Wait until you see how they bake...

 Once baked, the puffs have an attractive crackly finish 

Once baked, the puffs have an attractive crackly finish 

 Pate a choux being piped into mini eclair shapes

Pate a choux being piped into mini eclair shapes

 ...and poof!

...and poof!

 The mini pastries were filled with chocolate cream and dipped in ganache.

The mini pastries were filled with chocolate cream and dipped in ganache.

 Crepes, the only flat thing we made all day, were layered with cooked apples and almonds and stacked into a Gateaux a la Normande.

Crepes, the only flat thing we made all day, were layered with cooked apples and almonds and stacked into a Gateaux a la Normande.