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Chouquettes (French Cream Puffs)

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Recipe with step-by-step photos for Chouquettes, which are French cream puffs (or pastry puffs) sprinkled with pearl sugar or chocolate chips. They are a delicious bite-sized snack made from choux pastry.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Place the water, butter, salt and sugar in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter has melted and the water just begins to boil. Do not let the water boil, though, because you do not want any liquid to evaporate.
  4. Take the pan off the heat.
  5. Add the flour.
  6. Beat everything together with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together in a dough and comes away from the sides of the pan.
  7. Tip the dough into the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  8. Using the flat paddle attachment, beat the mixture for a few seconds to knock out the air and to cool the dough a little.
  9. Add one egg and beat until the egg is fully incorporated.
  10. Repeat with the remaining eggs. The mixture might look like it is separating or curdling after you have added an egg, but keep beating until the mixture comes together into a thick and smooth dough.
  11. The consistency of the choux pastry should be thick and smooth, such that it is able to hold its shape once piped.
  12. Fit a 2 cm plain nozzle into a piping bag and pipe little rounds onto the baking tray about 5 cm apart.
  13. Fill a small cup with water to use to wet your fingertips and press down any pointy tips on the rounds of dough, and also to lightly wet each piece of dough. This will help the pearl sugar or chocolate chips to stick to the dough.
  14. Sprinkle generously with pearl sugar and/or chocolate chips.
  15. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden and crisp.
  16. Remove the chouquettes to a cooling rack and let them cool slightly before serving.

Kitchen Notes

Pearl sugar is commonly used in breads and pastries in Europe and is generally widely available in continental Europe. For all other countries, check your local specialty stores. Some Ikea stores also stock pearl sugar. If you can’t find pearl sugar, crushed white sugar cubes will create a similar effect.

STORAGE TIPS
These chouquettes are best eaten on the same day they are made when they are still crispy. If you have some leftover chouquettes, you can warm them up in the oven for a few minutes to become crispy again.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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