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Choc 'n' Spice Profiteroles

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Servings: 6
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

1/2  c  All-purpose flour
2  tb  All-purpose flour
1  t  Ground cinnamon
2/3  c  Water
1/4  c  Butter, diced
1 1/2  ts  Butter, diced
2    Eggs, beaten
1 1/4  c  Whipping cream
1  tb  Powdered sugar
2  ts  Coffee flavoring
4  oz  Semisweet chocolate, broken
    -in pieces
2  tb  Tia Maria
2  tb  Light corn syrup
2  ts  Superfine sugar

Preheat oven to 400'F. (205'C.). Lightly grease several baking sheets. Sift flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon onto waxed paper. Pour water into a saucepan. Add 3-1/2 tablespoons butter and heat gently until butter melts. Do not allow water to boil before butter melts. Rapidly bring to a boil, remove form heat and add flour all at once. Using a wooden spoon, stir quickly to form a smooth mixture. Return pan to medium heat a few seconds and beat well until dough forms a smooth ball and leaves sides of pan clean. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Gradually add eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition to form a smooth shiny dough. Transfer dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4" plain tube. Pipe 24 small balls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350'F. (175'C.) and continnue cooking 15-20 minutes longer or until well risen, crisp and sound hollow when tapped on bottoms. Make a slit in side of each pastry to allow steam to escape. Cool on a wire rack. Whip cream, powdered sugar and coffee flavoring until thick. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tube. Pipe cream into pastry or use a teaspoon to fill pastry with cream. Arrange profiteroles in a pyramid-shape on a serving dish. Melt chocolate and remaining butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir in Tia Maria and corn syrup and continue stirring until sauce is smooth and coats back of a spoon. Spoon chocolate sauce over profiteroles and let stand a few minutes. Mix remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with superfine sugar and sprinkle over profiteroles. NOTE: Profiteroles are at their best served 2 hours after assembling when they have softened slightly.

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