Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Profiteroles













makes 2 baking trays

100 g plain flour
80 g butter
4 eggs,beaten
160 ml water

For the filling
350 ml fresh cream
vanilla extract
75 g sugar
handful of frozen blackcurrants & redcurrants

Preheat oven to 200 C.
Line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Put the butter & water into a small saucepan & cook,stirring with wooden spoon for 3-4 min or until the butter melts & the mixture is just coming to the boil.Add flour at once & beat quickly with the wooden spoon until well combined.place over a low heat & cook,stirring,for 1-2 min or until the mixture forms a ball & begins to come away from the side of the saucepan.Set aside for a 5 min to cool slightly.
Gradually add the eggs,beating well after each addition to form glossy & thick paste.Last egg whisk at first & then add bit by bit ,beat until the mixture just falls from the spoon but still holds its shape(you may only need half of the egg or so).
Form the dough into walnut-sized balls using 2 dessert spoons (or pipe it) & place them well spaced on to the trays.Bake for 20-25 min.They should be well-risen & golden colour when baked.Make sure they are nice & dry in the center too.
Remove from the oven & use a sharp knife to make a slit in the side of each puff.Cool on the wire rack completely.
When ready to serve,whip the cream with vanilla & sugar,stir in the berry's.Pipe cream into each choux bun.
Serve with chocolate sauce or icing sugar.

PINEAPPLE & SMOKED HAM:
200 g cream cheese
100 g smoked ham
small can pineapple pieces
Fresh dill for decorating
Chop ham & pineapples,stir it into the cream cheese.Season as you like.

SALMON:
200 g cream cheese
100 g smoked salmon
1 tbsp chopped dill
ground white pepper
Blend it all & season.

ROASTED TOMATO:
200 g cream cheese
2 tomatoes
butter
parsley,chopped
salt, pepper
Place sliced tomatoes under the grill on to the buttered baking tray.Season with salt & pepper.
Grill until done.You can just fry chopped tomatoes on the pan in the butter.
Blend in a bowl,add cheese,parsley & season if you like.

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