I make it a point to share all these pictures with my mom who is back in India and even for her , all of this is a schock!! So much so that she asks me ,"Is it really you or rakesh cooking them??" "Rakesh sirf khaata hain!!!"(He only eats),i almost yell back at her.
Trust me, this only looks difficult, anyone can make them and with just few basic ingredients. Baking something fancy looking is just not in my baking collection. I just feel i dont have the hands and fingers required to make fancy looking goodies. I have tried my level best to click pictures while making them.
Start by melting butter along with water.
Within 30 seconds,it starts coming together. After a minute turn off the flame and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Add one egg and start mixing together. By now you will be pretty sure that you have messed it up,but please dont panic,keep mixing,it will come together in 5 minutes and resemble like baby food and some how i missed that pic!!
Now transfer it to a piping bag or a plastic bag and make a nozzle at the end. Start by making the body of the swan. Appy full pressure and squeeze out some dough tapering towards the end.
Make the neck by squeezing out 'S'.
As always,i forgot to tell you guys to preheat your oven at 425F. Start by baking the body first and halfway put the neck inside the oven. As soon as they went inside the oven i kept on staring at them. Nothing happened for the first 5 minutes and i was damn sure,this is going to be a disaster. I went away from kitchen just to be back 5 minutes later and booom,the body had puffed up and was changing color. While there were 12 more minutes for it to be done ,i put the neck inside the oven.
Further cut the top part from center into two. These will be our wings.
Insert the neck at the center of the cream and place wings at side.
And boom....Its ready..how simple was that?? Please make sure you present this with lot of drama to your beloved ones and also make them feel it was a rocket science mission,atleast i did so.....
This is best served chilled. Do the filling after the body cools down and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.
Cream Puff Dough(enough for about 3 swans)
1/4th cup water
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4th cup flour
Start by melting butter and water. Add sugar,flour and make a dough like structure. Add an egg and mix well,dough will become sticky,transfer it to a piping bag. Start preheating your oven at 425F. Squeeze out the bodies and bake them for 25 minutes. Squeeze the neck and put them inside the oven while 12 minutes are remaining. Take the neck out afetr 12 minutes and leave half door open for the body to cool further. Cut off the top part,further cut the top part into two for wings. Once it cools for 10 minutes gill the body with whipped cream and chocolate,place the neck and wings and Boom...Edible swans are ready!!