Profiteroles: a step by step guide

Profiteroles are a dessert that I never used to like. I think it’s because I used to buy them and they came cold (for obvious reasons) and when I ate them they always felt a bit wet and soggy, but my boyfriend loves them, so I decided to try to make them for him. It was a life changer.

They may not look like it, but they are actually really easy and fairly quick to make, so I thought I would share a step by step guide to them!

A step by step guide to profiteroles

Ingredients:

  • 115 gr of butter
  • 120 ml of water
  • 120 ml of whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 125 gr of flour
  • 4 eggs

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Put the butter, the water, the milk, the salt and the sugar in a pot and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted and the whole mix is simmering.

2. Turn off the heat but keep the pot over it. Add in the flower and mix well until a batter forms, you will probably have to mix for a few minutes!

3. Transfer the mix to a bowl and let it cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, beat the eggs on a separate bowl. Once that’s done, use a mixer with the dough attachment and on the lowest setting and start adding the eggs slowly in about 4 separate additions and allowing 30 seconds between each addition, you probably won’t need to use the whole egg mix, do not throw away any egg, we’ll use it to coat the profiteroles. The mix will look off at first and it will separate, but keep going and it will slowly start coming together.

4. Use a piping bag to put the mix in a tray. I tend to do my profiteroles rather big, so I will let the size of them to your discretion. Once you have done all of them, brush the extra egg over the profiteroles.

5. Put the profiteroles in the oven and cook them at 200 degrees for 15 minutes and then take the heat down to 170 and keep cooking for 10 more minutes. Let them cook and they are ready to go!

I love putting chocolate on top of mine and adding some whipped cream, but the possibilities are endless!

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