Sunday, March 27, 2016

Profiteroles (Choux Cream)

Happy Easter! I hope that everyone was able to celebrate and enjoy the day. This was my first Easter in a couple years that I wasn't working, which seemed strange. When I was working at the hotel, I worked Easter brunch, so I'd be there from about 5 or 6 am to set up until close to the end of brunch. After brunch I would head to church (back when my church had service at 4pm). Needless to say, Easter Sunday was always a long day, but it was always so rewarding and refreshing.

Thinking about Easter brunch at the hotel reminds me of all the desserts that I used to help put out with the rest of the team. I personally don't have the biggest sweet tooth, which is why I love choux so much! This french pastry is not very sweet, but pairs excellently with creamy fillings. You see it used for cream puffs/profiteroles and eclairs.

I paired this choux with a mascarpone filling. It's great with the choux, since it's smooth, creamy, and light. If you're a fan of chocolate or coffee, you could make a cocoa glaze to top it.

Choux Pastry (makes 50 small pieces)
250g Milk
150g Water 
185g Butter
8g Sugar
8g Salt
220g Cake Flour
400g Eggs
1. Bring milk, water, and butter to a boil in a large pot.
2. Reduce heat to low. Add flour, sugar, and salt all at once.
3. Mix the batter thoroughly until it combines into one mass.
4. Move the batter into a bowl and use a mixer to mix on low speed to cool off gently.
5. Crack the eggs into a container.
6. Pour the eggs slowly, about 2 at a time while mixing on low speed. Scrape the bowl between pours to ensure a smooth batter.
7. Place the finished batter into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe small rounds, about 1-1.5 inches in diameter onto a silpat.
8. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
9. Spray the piped out choux lightly with baking spray. Bake in the oven until golden brown, around 18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
10. Remove the choux from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, use a small knife or a sharp piping tip to poke a hole at the bottom of the pastry.

Mascarpone Cream
1 cup Milk
1 oz Butter
1.25 oz Flour
3 oz Sugar
1.5 oz Egg Yolks
.3 oz Gelatin
1.8 oz Water
8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
2.5 oz Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Bring milk and butter to a boil.
2. In the meantime, whisk together flour and sugar in a bowl, and add the egg yolks.
3. Pour the milk into the egg mixture slowly, whisking constantly, then pour everything back into the pot. Turn your heat to low.
4. Whisk the mixture constantly and allow it to boil and thicken.
5. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl.
6. Bloom gelatin in water, and melt. Pour it into the pastry cream mixture and let it cool slightly.
7. Put mascarpone and powdered sugar into the pastry cream and fold thoroughly. Add vanilla for flavor.
8. Place the filling into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
9. Pipe the filling into the choux pastry and serve. You can freeze or refrigerate these pastries as well, but they taste best freshly served.

Choux pastry is one of my favorites! I love that it's not very sweet, but adds the perfect balance of flavor with a smooth filling. The other thing I like about choux is that you can fill it with whatever filling that you want to.

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