Friday, December 28, 2012

Champagne Chantilly Shooters


These days after Christmas are quiet and there always seems to be another scrap of wrapping paper to tidy away. Little preparations for New Year's Eve are on my to-do list - like these petite champagne cream shots. They can be made ahead and are the perfect size for sampling without breaking any newly made resolutions (if such things apply).

I only have one resolution this year and that is to do more good than harm. And hopefully I can manage no harm at all!  Let's do our best to take care of each other, okay? (smile)



You may remember this recipe from my Sparkling Champagne Cupcake recipe.  It's the pastry cream portion that I developed for the filling. It's so good that I always have a spoonful or two strait from the saucepan! It has a custard-like consistency and it's full of champagne flavor.  I almost always use this sparkling wine, but I encourage you to experiment with your favorite brand of bubbly.

I used  mini parfait glasses, but you could also use any 2-3 oz. shot glass you have on hand.

Champagne Chantilly Shooters
Yield: 6 servings -I used six tall 2.5 oz. parfait glasses for this recipe.


Sugar-rim the glasses:
Gold large crystal sugar or other large crystal sugar
Corn syrup or piping gel
  1. Pour a little corn syrup or piping gel into a small shallow dish.  Pour large crystal sugar into another shallow dish.  
  2. Lightly dip the rims of the glasses into the corn syrup and then into the sugar.  Let sugar rimmed glasses stand at room temperature while the other elements are prepared.

Champagne Pastry Cream:
1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup champagne or prosecco
2 tbsp. cornstarch 
5 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk cornstarch in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, set aside. Combine the remaining heavy cream, sugar and 1/2 cup champagne in a saucepan; heat until the mixture  just starts to bubble - don’t let it boil or most of the champagne flavor will cook out.  Remove from heat.  
  2. Beat the whole egg and egg yolks into the cornstarch/heavy cream mixture.  Pour 1/3 of boiling champagne mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly so the eggs do not cook.  Return the remaining champagne/heavy cream mixture to a boil.  Pour in the hot egg mixture in a stream, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and beat in the butter and vanilla.  Divide evenly among the 6 sugar-rimmed parfait glasses.  Refrigerate until firm.
Chantilly:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form; add vanilla and beat again. 
  2. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star decorator tip.  Pipe whipped into each glass of pastry cream. Garnish with more sugar or decorative picks.


20 comments:

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Oh these are lovely! :-) Thanks for sharing!

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen said...

As much as I love your recipes, sometimes I just visit your site for the pictures alone. So pretty!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! Perfect for the 31st.

Cheers,

Rosa

Amy said...

So gorgeous and festive! And I'm sure they taste amazing too.

Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles said...

ahh these are just amazing! not sure i'd want to drink them because they're SO DAMN CUTE.

Patricia Reitz said...

Your creativity knows no end. These are the best!

bakehappy said...

Hi Heather, you never cease to amaze me! :) Wishing you a very Happy New Year! :) - Aikko

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Stunning as usual! This is such an elegant and fun idea for New Years!

Becca said...

These are both cute and beautiful at the same time.

Happy New Year!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

These are so pretty! What a beautifully elegant idea for New Year's Eve.

Lora said...

A magical and elegant dessert for New Years.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Absolutely stunning. I would love to be given one of these for dessert at a dinner party.

Leslie said...

These are stunning! Almost too pretty to consume! almost!

Lynna said...

So pretty! These are so perfect for the New Year celebration.

Anonymous said...

I just made these -- delicious, and simple! Thank you so much!

Katrina Bahl said...

You know how I like sparkly things :) Happy New Year, Heather! I can't wait to see where 2013 take you!

Emily said...

My goodness...I wish I saw these before New Year's Eve!!! These are beautiful and look like they taste amazing...Putting this away for next year. Thanks and happy new year!

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Roshini said...

Wow they look very pretty. I wish I found your website earlier

cookingyou said...

Beautiful, waw i'm fan !

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