The CookingBites Cookalong: Choux Pastry

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges, Questions & Quizzes' started by morning glory, 4 Feb 2019.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Have you ever made choux pastry? If not, now is your chance to try out a new technique. If you are an old hand then you can lend us your wisdom, share the results and perfect your techniques. Some say its easy to make choux - but to achieve the perfectly light and crisp result isn’t quite straightforward.

    One of the the most famous uses for choux pastry is probably the chocolate eclair. But of course, choux pastries can be either sweet or savoury. They can also be made dairy free and gluten free.

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    Here is advice from Heston Blumenthal (famous for his scientific approach to cooking and for molecular gastronomy):

    Heston Blumenthal: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2003/apr/05/foodanddrink.shopping2

    Here are two recipes by for reference, by Ruby Tandoh. The dairy free doughnuts look interesting:
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeand...x-pastry-recipe-eclairs-doughnuts-ruby-tandoh

    And here is an example of dairy free and gluten free choux pastry:
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeand...-free-coffee-vanilla-creme-patissiere-eclairs

    So its over to you to cook along - add your images and comments to this thread. Post any full recipes as new threads (with a link back here), please.

    And good luck! I made a chocolate profiteroles back in the 80’s which I think were sort of OK but went a bit soggy. So - I'm certainly no expert here. Deadline: midday 31st March (GMT)
     
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Here is Delia's step by step recipe - very clear.

    https://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/baking/how-to-make-choux-pastry
     
  3. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    I've tried to make this for chourois??? Sp, Mexican fried dessert. 3 different recipes 3 different times, shocking results. Some things I can't make or are bad at.

    Russ
     
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  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Churros I think. Yes they are a type of choux pastry. I'm glad you mentioned them as I hadn't thought about them in relation to this challenge. Wiki says (though it may not be accurate):

     
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  5. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Yes, the Cubans make churros too, as do many of the Caribbean/American Latins. When DD was little, we'd go to one of the walk up Cuban stands and get churros with cafe con leche for me and chocolate for her. They were simple back then, just had natural sugar sprinkled on them. Some of the mall food courts have churro stalls now with different flavored sugars and/or dips.
     
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  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I've never made them so perhaps I'll try. I presume they are are always a sweet thing?
     
  7. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Fried then dipped in sugar/cinnamon. Cooked right, they are delish.

    Russ
     
  8. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Yes, my favorite is the old fashioned way with just natural sugar. I would dip them in my cafe con leche. The cinnamon sugar thing is newer, at least in South Florida. Another fav is a rich chocolate/hot fudge type sauce for dipping.

    There is a Food Network recipe that DD and the oldest DGD use to make churros that is pretty much foolproof and it has the chocolate sauce. I'll see if I can find it tomorrow and maybe @rascal will be able to make them.
     
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  9. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Ok, thanks, I'll give it 1 more try!

    Russ
     
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  10. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    I forgot I had posted this until I was trying to find the churro recipe. I had cut the recipe in half for the challenge, so it can be doubled. Craig and I had fresh churros for several days off just the single recipe. I kept them covered in the fridge and kept the oil covered on the stove until it was time for dessert each evening. If you double, make sure you beat each egg in separately and thoroughly. Churro fries
     
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  11. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.

    I've made it, but that was quite a while ago. I used to love to make eclairs & cream puffs. I followed the old traditional method of adding the flour to buttered boiling water, letting it cool a little, then vigorously beating eggs into the mixture & using a pastry tube to pipe the mixture onto parchment paper lining a sheet pan!! :wink:
     
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  12. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Shermie I tried to find your thread about tvs, we just bought an lg 55 inch one from smiths city market. The 869 one was not very good in picture so we spent an extra few hundy and got the lg.

    Hope to have by the weekend.

    Russ
     
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  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Wow! Your an old hand then. It would be great if you joined in and made some choux.
     
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  14. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Is this in the wrong thread @rascal?
     
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  15. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.

    Can't eat all those sweets like I used to in the past. Not only am I a diabetic, but I also have to take insulin injections now, so I gotta manage it closely to avoid spikes in the glucose levels.:headshake:
     

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