Peach and vanilla choux ring

    1 hour 10 min

    An impressive dessert for a special occasion or buffet table, this ring of light choux pastry is filled with fresh peaches and a fluffy mixture of fromage frais and whipping cream. It's ideal for entertaining because the pastry ring can be baked ahead of time (see our recipe on this site). Serve decorated with raspberries and gooseberries.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 quantity Choux pastry (see our separate recipe on this site)
    • 150 ml (5 fl oz) whipping cream
    • 150 g (5½ oz) fromage frais
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 4 fresh ripe peaches, chopped
    • 1 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
    • To decorate
    • 125 g (4½ oz) fresh raspberries
    • 6 cape gooseberries

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Put the choux pastry into a piping bag fitted with a 1 cm (½ in) plain nozzle. Pipe a ring of choux pastry, 20 cm (8 in) in diameter, onto a non-stick baking sheet. Pipe a second ring inside and touching the first one, then pipe a third ring on top.
    2. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Using a sharp knife, cut the choux ring in half horizontally. Place the top half, cut side up, on another baking sheet. Return both halves to the oven to bake for a further 3 minutes, to dry out the centres. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    3. In a mixing bowl, whip the cream with the fromage frais and vanilla extract until thick. Fold in the chopped peaches.
    4. Just before serving, spoon the peach mixture onto the base of the pastry ring, and replace the top of the ring. Place the filled choux ring on a serving plate. Dust with the icing sugar and decorate with the raspberries and gooseberries.

    Each serving provides

    A * B12, C * B2, calcium, zinc

    Some more ideas

    Use 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) mixed strawberries and raspberries in place of peaches. * Instead of vanilla, flavour the cream mixture with the finely grated zest of 1 lemon or 1 small orange, or 1 tsp ground cinnamon or ginger, or a piece of preserved stem ginger, drained of syrup and finely chopped. * Sprinkle the filling with 30 g (1 oz) toasted flaked almonds before replacing the top of the pastry ring. * For a lower fat filling, use 250 g (8½ oz) fromage frais and 3–4 tbsp whipping cream. * Make a coffee and banana choux ring. For the filling, whip the cream with the fromage frais and 1 tbsp coffee-flavoured liqueur, then fold in 4 sliced, firm bananas.

    Plus points

    Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin C. A medium-sized peach provides as much as three-quarters of the recommended daily requirement of this vitamin for adults. * Whipping cream is lower in fat and calories than double cream. When whipped and mixed with fromage frais, it provides a luscious yet healthier alternative to whipped double cream.

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