Author(s): Hannah Miles
Flour, butter, eggs: three simple store-cupboard ingredients which, with a little elbow grease, can be transformed into the wonderful and endlessly versatile choux pastry. From the quintessential Chocolate Eclair to the impressive gateaux St. Honore, this light-as-air buttery pastry offers so many options. Start with the Classics and enjoy Coffee Religieuse, Vanilla Choux Buns with Chantilly Cream and traditional Paris Brest praline choux rings. Fruity treats include Glazed Fruit Eclairs, Cherry Crumble Profiteroles and Strudel Choux Buns, filled with a spiced apple puree. Choux makes the perfect treat to sit prettily on a cake stand at a Fancy afternoon tea: try Violet Eclairs, Earl Grey Tea Buns and Choux Heart Buns, bursting with a fluffy Marshmallow filling. Finally, Dessert choux includes a range of recipes from the simple After Dinner Profiteroles, filled with mint ice cream and topped with dark chocolate, to the more elaborate Croquembouche - ideal for any celebration. When you explore the possibilities of choux pastry, you'll quickly find that these feather-light dainties are absolutely irresistible.
A lawyer and finalist on the hugely popular BBC TV series MasterChef, Hannah Miles has developed a second career as a cake maker and food writer. She is the author of The Gluten-free Baker, Cheesecake, Popcorn Treats, Milkshake Bar and Doughnuts, all published by RPS.