Choux Parisienne

  • Total Time

    1h 15m
    • Prep Time

      45m
    • Bake Time

      30m
  • Serves

    8
  • Skill Level

    Intermediate
  • Dietary Needs

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This Choux Parisienne recipe was featured in the first series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard on Channel 4. Made and created by Eric Lanlard himself this offers perfect baking inspiration.

Method

  1. First make the mousseline. Place milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. While the milk is heating, place the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Then add the flour and mix again to incorporate.

  2. Once the milk has reached boiling point, strain half the milk into the egg mixture, whisking until smooth. Add the remaining milk and mix, then pour the mixture back into pan, whisking all the time and return to the heat.

  3. Bring to boil and cook gently for 1-2 minutes, still whisking. Pour into the bowl and add half the unsalted butter, stirring to melt. Leave to cool.

  4. Once cooled, using an electric mixer, beat the remaining softened butter into the mousseline mixture, then beat in the hazelnut paste. Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.

  5. Now make the choux pastry. Preheat the oven to 185°C (fan 165°C, gas mark 4). Line two baking trays with baking paper.

  6. Heat the milk and water and add the butter. Once the butter has melted bring to a fast boil. Remove from the heat and immediately add all the flour.

  7. Return to the heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and is smooth and glossy.

  8. Allow mixture to cool a little, then beat together 8 of the eggs and add them to the mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition. You will be left with a smooth and glossy mixture.

  9. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe small rings, about 10cm in diameter onto the lined trays. Then pipe a second ring on top of the first ring.

  10. Beat the remaining egg and use this to glaze the choux pastries, then sprinkle them with flaked almonds.

  11. When ready to bake, turn the oven down to 180°C (fan 160°C) place the choux pastries in the oven and cook until golden brown. This will take around 30 minutes, but watch them closely. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

  12. To assemble, once cool, place the choux pastry rings on a plate and cut in half horizontally. Spoon mousseline into a piping bag and pipe over the bottom half of each choux ring. Place the other half on top and dust with icing sugar to serve.

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