Choux pastry swans

    2 hours 10 min

    These chocolate ganache-filled choux pastry swans are a little retro but will definitely impress your guests!

    8 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • Choux pastry
    • 120ml water
    • 55g unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 60g plain flour
    • 2 eggs
    • Chocolate ganache
    • 120g dark chocolate, chopped
    • 120ml whipping cream
    • Cream
    • 250ml whipping cream
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon icing sugar, or as needed

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 6. Line 2 baking trays with silicone baking mats.
    2. Stir water, butter, 1 teaspoon caster sugar and salt together in a pot; bring up to simmering point. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pot and forms a thick, paste-like dough. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Stir eggs into dough one at a time, mixing until egg is completely incorporated after each addition. Transfer 2/3 the dough to a large resealable food bag. Cut corner of the bag away, about 1cm wide, to form an opening through which to pipe the dough.
    4. Pipe 8 tapered ovals of dough onto the prepared baking tray to form the 'swan bodies', pulling up at the tapered end to form the 'tail/wingtips'.
    5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
    6. While the 'swan bodies' are baking, fill a smaller bag with with the remaining 1/3 the dough; cut a small tip from the corner. Pipe out S-shapes to form the swan 'necks'. At the top of each S, pipe out more dough to form the swan 'heads'.
    7. When the 'bodies' are halfway cooked, bake the 'necks' in the oven together with the swan 'bodies' oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
    8. Turn off the oven, open the oven door slightly, and let pastries cool completely.
    9. Cut the top 1/3 off of each swan body horizontally, from fatter end to tapered end. Cut each top in half to form the 'wings'.
    10. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Bring 120ml cream to the boil in a small saucepan. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and ganache is shiny and smooth. Spoon or pipe chocolate ganache into the base of each swan 'body'.
    11. Beat 250ml cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream into a piping bag with a star tip.
    12. Pipe cream to fill each swan 'body', piping up and out the top to resemble swan 'feathers'. Place 'wings' on each side of the 'body' sticking up out of the cream, and place 'neck' in the base of each swan. Refrigerate until chilled. Dust with icing sugar.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    Very, very good. Even with my clumsy technique with the pastry bag they still come out really cute and delicious!  -  03 Nov 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have made this twice. So much fun. Turned out better than I expected, though the swan size varied quite a bit and the heads and necks got kind of dark on one side the first time around because I left them in the oven to cool as well. I only made up about half of the chocolate ganache which seemed like the right ratio. They still looked and tasted good on the second and third day! Thanks Chef John!  -  20 Aug 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I always love anything that Chef John makes and this was no exception. Mine aren't quite as pretty as his swans but they are delicious and pretty. Thank you for sharing.  -  18 May 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)