1 hour 15 min

    Classic choux pastry with a custard cream filling. Garnish with melted chocolate or a dusting of icing sugar.

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    Serves: 10 

    • Custard
    • 100g (4 oz) caster sugar
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 475ml (16 fl oz) milk
    • 2 egg yolks, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Choux pastry
    • 100g (4 oz) butter
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) water
    • 125g (4 1/2 oz) plain flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 4 eggs

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. For the custard: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, flour and a pinch of salt. Stir in milk, a little at a time, until smooth. Bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 60 seconds, then pour a small amount of hot liquid into the 2 beaten egg yolks and stir. Return heated egg yolks to saucepan and stir, over heat, until mixture starts to bubble again. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
    2. Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas mark 8.
    3. For the choux pastry: In a medium saucepan, combine butter and water and bring to the boil. Sift together flour and a pinch of salt and pour all at once into boiling mixture. Stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking tray, or pipe into desired shape.
    4. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 200 C / Gas mark 6 and bake 25 minutes more, or until golden. Cool completely, split, fill with custard and replace tops.

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    I thought this recipe is absolutely fabulous but the filling was not quite enough for the pastry  -  13 Oct 2008


    Brilliant pastry recipe. I just filled them with whipped cream and drizzled the tops with melted chocolate. They went down a storm with the family. Just one this I'd suggest. Make sure to grease the baking tray and sprinkle with water before putting the mix on. The steam from the water droplets will help the pastry to puff up  -  26 Jan 2013


    perfect lovely jovely  -  27 Nov 2012