Monday, 21 September 2015

Profiteroles.


I absolutely love baking. I find it so relaxing and fun, plus you get food at the end of it. I also really love watching the Great British Bake Off. I just think it's the cutest tv show and all the contestants are always so lovely. Plus they make the most incredible things! Back when they made a comic relief special, the contestants made profiteroles. They're probably my favourite dessert, so I decided to have a go at making my own. This was the result!


I was so suprised at how well the choux pastry turned out! Choux pastry looks such a mess when you mix it in the pan, but I promise it turns out great! I think the most difficult part was managing to get the filling into the profiteroles. There is definitely a knack to it so they get better as you go along.
I'll post the recipe below. This recipe involves a red filling as it was for red nose day/ comic relief but obviously you can just skip Thw food colouring like I did. On a side note, if you don't have a piping bag, or like me you're too lazy to use it, you can use a muffin tray instead.

Christie x

Ingredients

For the choux pastry
For the crème pâtissière filling
For the icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease two baking trays. 
  2. To make the pastry, put the butter and 150ml/5fl oz water in a small pan. Heat gently until the butter has melted. Bring slowly to the boil, and then remove from the heat. Quickly add the plain flour and, using a wooden spoon, beat until the mixture forms a soft ball. Return to the heat and beat for a further minute. 
  3. Leave to cool slightly. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time, mixing well between each addition until you have a smooth pipeable mixture. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm/½in plain nozzle. Pipe 20 small mounds onto the prepared baking trays, leaving room for them to spread. Flick water over the tray to create steam when baking. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Cook for a further 10 minutes, or until well-risen and a deep golden-brown. Remove and make a hole in the bottom of the buns to allow the steam to escape. Leave to cool on a wire rack. 
  5. For the filling, put the milk and vanilla extract in a heavy-based pan and slowly bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 30 seconds.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar until pale, then whisk in the cornflour and plain flour. Pour the vanilla-infused milk over the eggs, whisking continuously, then pour back into the pan.
  7. Bring to the boil, whisking continuously over a medium heat and cook for one minute, or until thickened. Add a dash of red food colouring and stir thoroughly until it has an even colour. Pour into a bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to the fridge to chill. 
  8. For the the icing, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). Add the butter and 4 tablespoons water. When the chocolate is melted and well combined with the butter, remove it from the heat and beat in the icing sugar until smooth. When the profiteroles are cold, spoon the red crème patissiere into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Fill the profiteroles then dip each one into the icing to coat the top. Leave to set, then serve.

15 comments:

  1. NO! I am on a diet and I love profiteroles! You ruined me!
    Dora
    www.BangsBang.com

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    1. Haha! You'll just have to save the recipe for another time! X

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  2. Ohhhh that looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe

    Kiss me Sunday // Instagram

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  3. Hello,

    Oh, so amazing ! :D

    Sarah, http://sarahmodeee.blogspot.fr/

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  4. I bet these are delicious! Gotta add this to my recipe list! :)

    JennifHsieh

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    1. They really were! Thanks for commenting! X

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  5. I love profiteroles... They are delicious! x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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  6. Those look amazing!
    I never knew how simple the ingredients were! I'll try to make some for my family one day! I can't eat them (lactose) :( But they look delicious!

    www.rosegoldheart.blogspot.com

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    1. I know they're suprisingly simply right? They're really easy to make! X

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