Chouquettes


Introduction

Chouquettes are a type of French pastry made from choux dough and covered in pearl sugar. They are often served as a dessert or snack, and can be made savory or sweet.

Ingredients

-1/2 cup (120 ml) water
-1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
-1/4 cup (50 g) butter
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 cup (125 g) flour
-3 eggs
-1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup (100 g) pearl sugar

Method

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Bring water, milk, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add flour and stir constantly until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring until each is incorporated.
6. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract.
7. Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe 1-inch (2.5 cm) mounds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Sprinkle with pearl sugar and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Potential changes & improvements

-For a savory version, omit the sugar and vanilla extract and top with grated cheese instead of pearl sugar.
-For a chocolate version, add 1/4 cup (25 g) cocoa powder to the flour.

What other food it works well with

Chouquettes can be served with a variety of sweet or savory toppings, such as whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fruit, or bacon.

Common Mistakes

-Not stirring the flour enough before adding the eggs will result in a tough dough.
-Over-mixing the dough will make it tough and cause it to deflate.

Nutritional Information

Allergens

-Eggs
-Milk
-Butter


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