Profiteroles are a classic French dessert made from choux pastry and filled with cream. They can be served on their own or with a chocolate sauce.


– 250ml water
– 125g butter
– 75g plain flour
– 4 eggs
– 250ml double cream
– 100g icing sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2. Put the water and butter in a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted.

3. Add the flour and stir until the mixture forms a ball.

4. Remove from the heat and add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each one.

5. Put spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

6. To make the filling, whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla together until thick.

7. Cut the profiteroles in half and fill with the cream. Serve immediately.

Potential changes & improvements

– For a chocolate flavour, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the flour.
– For a coffee flavour, add 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder to the water.
– For a savoury version, omit the sugar from the pastry and fill with a savoury filling such as ham and cheese.

What other food it works well with

Profiteroles can be served on their own or with a chocolate sauce.

Common Mistakes

– Not whisking the eggs in well enough – this will result in a flat pastry.
– Over-baking the profiteroles – they should be golden brown, not dark brown.

Nutritional Information

– Energy: 2200 kJ
– Protein: 7.4 g
– Fat: 22.9 g
– Carbohydrate: 53.6 g
– Fibre: 1.4 g
– Sodium: 520 mg


– Eggs
– Milk
– Wheat

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