Profiteroles / chocolate eclairs

choux pastry delights

choux pastry delights










I have played with choux pastry over the years without a lot of success (mind you I cooked in a wood stove oven without any temperature control) but after making profiteroles at the cooking school in Positano and making them a few times since I am happy to say they are fun to make, cost next to nothing and look and taste fabulous. I have made them with a custard and cream filling and probably prefer a blend of both or just the whipped cream filling. In Positano we made a lemon cream sauce (with lemonchello) instead of chocolate sauce (icing), but it was just too much cream – chocolate is much better! I used my kenwood mixer to do all the hard work (beating the eggs into the choux pastry base) so it was easy to make and it’s fun playing with a piping bag and watching the whole process.

Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 12
Delicate light choux pastries filled with a creamy centre and drizzled with chocolate
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 250gm water (1 cup)
  • 75gm butter
  • 5 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 220*C
  2. Place the water and butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil
  3. Immediately add the all the flour and stir strongly until it forms a firm ball- about 3 minutes
  4. Take off the heat
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes then place in a large bowl of a mixer and whip in eggs one at a time (or beat mix by hand)
  6. Place into a piping bag and make small mounds on an oven tray lined with baking paper (leave some room around them)
  7. Push the peak (or pointy bit) down gently with a wet finger (it will burn otherwise)
  8. Cook for 12 minutes at 220* then turn down to 180* for a further 12 minutes (should be golden brown and puffed up)
  9. Let the pastries cool before filling with whipped cream (add some icing sugar & vanilla essence) using the piping bag again
  10. Make some chocolate sauce (can use equal weight of chocolate and cream) and pour over the pastries (or use your own recipe)


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