St. Francis Inn Puff Pastry Swans

St. Francis Inn Puff Pastry Swans

It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen.

Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas.

On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named after, was first published in England in 1780.

The Makings

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 4 large eggs
  • Large zip-top bag

Let’s Cook it!

  • PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment. In a small saucepan, bring water, butter, and sugar to a boil over high.
  • Immediately REMOVE from heat. With a wooden spoon, stir in all-purpose flour. Continue to stir until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, about 2 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes.
  • ADD eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until batter comes together. Transfer batter to a large zip-top bag; twist and squeeze bag so batter is in one corner. With scissors, snip a 1/2-inch opening in corner (or use a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch round plain tip).
  • PIPE batter into desired size mounds, 1 inch apart, onto sheets. For heads, pipe candy cane shapes on to parchment paper. With a wet finger, smooth pointy tops. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until puffs are golden brown and feel light and hollow inside, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.


  • 2 Cups cold eggnog
  • 1 box white chocolate pudding mix
  • PREPARE according to pudding directions. Let set, then scoop into halved puffs.

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