One of my favorite holiday treats is a proper Croquembouche, a tower of cream puffs drizzled crisp strands of sugar. But since I’m so busy with the twins running around I thought it would be fun to do a quick hack of this recipe where you get the same visual with a MUCH quicker process.
A Few Tips
- While you could make your vanilla pudding from a packet I will always recommend making it from scratch. It’s just too easy and tastes so much better every time. I added a couple teaspoons of spiced rum to flavor mine but you can substitute for a bit more vanilla if you’d like.
- Doughnut holes are not hollow like choux so you’ll need to make some room in the middle either with your piping tip or a little knife. It’s really easy and SO GOOD when you bite into a cream-filled sugar puff.
- If you want to make the more traditional for of this recipe try making the choux puffs! They’re deceptively easy and DELICIOUS!
- For the Full holiday effect I added mini LED lights to the cone before the donut holes went on. Love the effect. Click here to buy a set!
Steps to Make This Croquembouche
If you want to whip up a batch of traditional pastry cream and or choux puffs then click over for my cream puff recipe! Just pipe dots instead of bars unless you want an eclair tree, LOL.
If you’ve tried this doughnut croquembouche then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!
For the Croquembouche:
- 48 Glazed Doughnut Holes
- 1 Glazed Doughnut
- Foam Cone
- Christmas LED mini lights
- Edible gold leaf
- ¼ cup confectioners sugar
For the Vanilla Pudding:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cups whole milk
- 1 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoons butter unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon spiced rum optional
For Vanilla Pudding:
- Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan.
- Add milk into the sugar mixture. Stir until a paste. Combine milk and egg yolks.
- Cook the mixture on a low heat, while stirring continuously. Let the mixture thicken and don't over boil. Turn off the heat. Add butter, rum and vanilla.
- Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a 230 piping tip.
- Pipe pudding into each doughnut Hole. (You might have to make some room inside the doughnut hole with the tip in order to fill with the pudding.)
For the Star:
- Roll out Glazed Doughnut between plastic wrap.
- Cut out a star shape from flattened doughnut.
- Add gold leaf to the star.
For the Assembly:
- Pierce the foam cone with toothpicks.
- String lights between toothpicks.
- Attach Doughnut Holes.
- Dust with confectioners sugar.
- Using a toothpick, attach the star.
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What a great idea for a christmas! I love this so much
This is adorable and I will probably make it, thank you.
I do feel like you need to adjust your prep time and total time estimates though. Maybe for a pro they would work, but at a minimum you are not allowing for any cooling time from removing the pudding from the heat to putting it in the bag. I always feel like timing is underestimated by the pros.
I also love the fact that in your byline you say that you are a Mom taught cook! Love your account!
John K. says
Thanks so much! I adjusted the time like you said! Hope you enjoy the croquembouche!