What if I told you there’s an easy French pastry recipe that’s heavenly and moreish? Don’t believe me? Meet Chouquettes. Throw out your pre-conceived notion about “French Pastry” being intimidating and overly complicated.
The official French name for the dough is pâte à choux a.k.a cabbage dough. Fortunately, it’s not because they are made of cabbage (that’s gross) but it’s from the word chaud a.k.a warm which signifies the method of making the dough over heat.
This dough is extremely versatile and can be used in various different recipes. In fact, profiterole (cream puffs) and éclair (cream puffs with icing) are all based off this choux pastry. Chouquettes is the simplest and purest form of this dough coated with just icing sugar and topped with sucre perlé or pearl sugar. There’s also gougère which is the savory version of chouquettes with cheese but that’s for another day.
As a baking novice, this recipe is surprisingly easy. The only special ingredients you might need to get is the pearl sugar. You can get this from Amazon or IKEA store. Why IKEA store you may ask? That’s because this coarse-non-melting-sugar is popular in Scandinavian baking products.
Eating one of these delectable puffs is out of the question. You will want more each time you pop one of these in your mouth. I cleaned out the first batch of these Chouquettes (around 20 of them) in one go.
Crispy on the outside, light and airy inside. The coating of icing sugar and lumps of sucre perlé added a slight sweetness to the rich and eggy choux pastry. This recipe is to die for.