When I was a little girl, I loved tea parties.  One of my most memorable birthday parties was when my mom hosted a tea party for me at an old historic mansion and each of my friends and I  wore old fashioned dresses and elegant hats.   We sipped on tea and ate cucumber sandwiches and petit fours.  It’s funny how when you are a child you always want to dress up and act like an adult and the you grow up and realize how simple and magical childhood was.

I think one of the reasons that I still love tea parties so much is because of the dainty, delicate foods.  So, when I received a copy of Mini Cakes & other Bite-size Treats (Author:  Hannah Miles) to review from the fine people at Ryland Peters & Small I was so excited to try some of the recipes.  This book is filled with petite cakes, tarts and pastries that are perfect for any occasion.  And you will have the chance to win a copy of the book tomorrow!

The first thing that I made out of this precious little book were the Baby Éclairs and Chocolate Profiteroles.  Both recipes use the same dough and they were so easy and fun to make.  Chocolate éclairs are one of my mom’s favorite desserts and I wish I could have shared them with her!

This would be a perfect quick and adorable dessert for your valentine ♥.

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for the pastry, heat the butter and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil

add flour, remove from heat and whisk until dough comes together

cool mixture for 5 minutes, beat eggs and whisk into cooled mixture to combine

spoon dough into pastry bag

pipe 2 cm lines (for baby éclairs) or 1 cm dots (for profiteroles) onto baking sheet

bake as directed

prepare chantilly cream and chocolate sauce and to serve, cut éclairs in half, fill with cream and top with sauce; for profiteroles, pile onto serving spoon and drizzle with chocolate sauce

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10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    These are awesome, I definitely need to try to make profiteroles.

    Reply

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Fun giveaway! I’m a little obsessed with bite-size desserts :).

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      I know, they are so cute! Giveaway will be up tomorrow morning!

      Reply

  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Eclairs are the one food I remember from the Wisconsin State Fair! You have to wait in this long line, but they are soooo worth it!
    Mini desserts are the cutest!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

      Wow eclairs at the fair? That seems like fancy fair food!

      Reply

  4. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    I just love everything in miniature! Then I can try a few of everything 🙂 Beautiful job!

    Reply

  5. Deanna
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    These are so cute! They look delicious too 🙂

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:06 am

      Thanks Deanna! They were really fun to make too!

      Reply

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