Mini Paris-Brest with white chocolate & crystallised fruit

Mini Paris-Brest with white chocolate & crystallised fruit

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 8

This gorgeous confection was invented to celebrate the Paris-Brest cycle race – it's meant to resemble a bicycle wheel

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Choux can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
421
protein
5g
carbs
32g
fat
31g
saturates
17g
fibre
2g
sugar
21g
salt
0.25g

Ingredients

For the choux pastry

  • 70g plain flour
  • 50g butter
  • 2 large eggs

For the filling

  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 140g crystallised fruits, chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds, chopped
  • icing sugar, for dusting

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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper and mark 8 circles about 8-9cm across using a glass or mug. Turn the paper over. Sift the flour onto a sheet of baking paper. Put the butter and 150ml water into a pan, then bring slowly to the boil until the butter has melted. When the water is bubbling, remove quickly from the heat, tip in the flour all at once and beat quickly with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough that leaves the side of the pan clean. Remove from the heat and cool for 3 mins.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs with a fork. Add the egg to the dough gradually, beating well with each addition until the dough is smooth and glossy. Put this dough into a piping bag fitted with a large plain nozzle (about 2cm across) or use a large food bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe 8 thick rings onto the baking sheet using the marked circles as a guide.
  3. Bake the buns for 20-25 mins until crisp and golden, then split them carefully in half through the centre using a sharp knife in a sawing action; return to the oven for 5 mins. Transfer to a cooling rack, taking care to keep the tops and bottoms together, and leave to cool. Whip the cream to soft peaks and stir in the vanilla. Melt 100g of the chocolate for 1-2 mins in a microwave. Leave to cool slightly, then fold into the cream.
  4. Stir half the crystallised fruit and the almonds through the cream. Fill the choux rings with the mixture using two teaspoons. Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the choux rings. Scatter with crystallised fruit and leave to set. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2011

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Litlchef's picture

this recipe is wonderful!!! although i didn't use the fruit or the vanilla essence and i added about 2-3 teaspoons of icing sugar to the whipping cream. I'd defiantly make it though. i'm not so sure how it tastes with the fruit however...

Litlchef's picture

i thought this recipe was amazing!!! its a definite make again i didn't add the vanilla essence though, and i added about 2-3 teaspoons of icing sugar to the whipping cream.

angeladickson's picture

awful, complete waste of my Mothers day morning, mixture far too slack, other recipes have more flour and a pinch of salt in, these taste like cold yorkshire pudding !!!!

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