Cream Puff Christmas Tree
|Water||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)|
|Butter/Margarine||2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)|
|Chilled whipping cream||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Green creme de menthe/Creme de menthe syrup||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Chocolate glaze||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
Heat oven to 400°.
Heat water and butter to rolling boil in 2-quart saucepan.
Stir in flour.
Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Add eggs; beat until smooth.
Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspopnfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
In chilled bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff; fold in creme de menthe.
Cut a small slit in each puff.
Fill decorators' tube with whipped cream mixture.
Insert tip of decorators' tube in slit and fill each puff with cream mixture.
Refrigerate filled puffs until ready to use.
Cut a 9-inch circle from aluminum foil; place on plate.
Dip bottom of each puff in Chocolate Glaze; place around edge of foil circle (use about 11 puffs).
Place about 6 puffs in a circle inside the first circle; fill in center with a few puffs.
Continue to dip remaining puffs in glaze and layer to form a cone shape.
Drizzle remaining glaze down side of puff tree.
Refrigerate tree until ready to serve.