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Chouquettes: French Pastry Sugar Puffs

Three chouquettes with one of them sliced on a kitchen towel and the rest of choux puffs on background

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Discover this unbeatable recipe for authentic French pastry sugar puffs – chouquettes – that disappear in no time straight from the oven. Sixty choux puffs with pearl sugar on top made in 45 minutes are what you need right now. By the way, they are addictive!

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Ingredients

For the choux pastry:

For decorating:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 355 F/180 C. Line two baking sheets with the parchment paper. Place water, butter, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to boil until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and add all the flour at once. Stir with a wooden spatula until the mixture is smooth. Bring the saucepan on the heat and “dry the dough off,” continually stirring until it pulls away from the sides of the pan.

  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the dough cool for about 2 to 5 minutes. Place it in a stand mixer or a regular large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until the dough is smooth and shiny. If you beat in eggs manually, use a wooden spoon.

  3. Transfer the preparation into a pastry bag fitted with Ateco plain tip 804 and pipe choux buns on parchment spacing them out. Brush the top of each mound with the egg wash (one egg yolk combined with one tablespoon of water or milk). Sprinkle pearl sugar over the top.

  4. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until the puffs are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

Notes

  1. 60 g of butter equals 1/2 stick of butter.
  2. Pipe choux mounds with a pastry bag and a plain tip to get them uniform, although you can shape them with the use of two spoons or a small cookie scoop.
  3. Use your fingertip to apply the egg wash and to slightly smooth the tops of piped choux buns instead of brushing them off.
  4. Bake one baking sheet at a time for even baking if you prefer.
  5. To increase the crispiness of puffs, poke a hole in the side or bottom with a sharp knife right after taking them out of the oven: let the steam escape.
  6. Keep colled chouquettes in an airtight container for a few days. 
  7. Puffs with pearl sugar can be frozen in a Ziploc freezer bag for up to one month. To defrost, bring them at room temperature, then warm them up for 5 minutes in the oven at 300 F/150 C, until crisp.

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Keywords: chouquettes, French pastry sugar puffs, puffs with pearl sugar

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