Mum's best profiteroles


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(26 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Serves 6

Award-winning writer, Fiona Beckett, shares her recipe for the 1970's classic dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-filled pastry

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal564
  • fat39g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 50g butter (preferably unsalted), cut into cubes



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 75g strong white flour, sifted with a pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 300ml double cream
  • few drops vanilla extract

For the sauce

  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 175g caster sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. To make the profiteroles, put the butter and 2 tsp of the caster sugar in a saucepan with 150ml water. Place the pan over a low heat until the butter and sugar have melted, then bring to the boil. Take off the heat, add the flour all at once and beat energetically with a wooden spoon until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan.

  2. Leave to cool for 5 mins, then beat in the eggs bit by bit until you have a stiff, glossy mixture (this process is much easier in a food processor). Rinse two baking trays with cold water, shaking off any excess so they are slightly damp (this helps the pastry to rise). Using 2 teaspoons, spoon blobs of the mixture onto the baking trays. Then place in the oven and cook for about 18-20 mins until well risen and brown. Remove the profiteroles from the oven and cut a small slit in the base of each one so they don’t collapse. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. When they’re cold, whip the cream lightly until just holding its shape. Sweeten to taste with remaining sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract. Cut the profiteroles in half, fill them with the sweetened cream and pile them up on a plate. You can refrigerate them for 1-2 hrs at this point but not for any longer as the pastry will go soggy.

  4. To make the sauce, sift the cocoa powder into a bowl. Put the sugar in a pan with 100ml water and warm over a low heat until dissolved. Bring to the boil, cook for 1 min, then pour over the cocoa powder and stir well until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan, cook for 1 min then set aside for 15 mins before drizzling over the profiteroles.

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3rd Sep, 2017
Such an easy recipe! Ive made profiteroles before and it's resulted in my son having to hold the pan down while I mix, absolutely exhausting! But I found this recipe really straightforward and although it gave my arms a bit of a work out it wasn't too strenuous or for too long. I put wet sheets of baking paper down on the tray to help them rise. One small word of advice, whatever size you think you should made the blobs - go smaller, they really do expand.
1st May, 2017
Thanks for this recipe. Tried it first time and went really well! A couple of them collapsed but I think that's because I made the pastries too big - maybe half teaspoonfuls in future for anyone new to profiterole making!
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10th Oct, 2016
I only used the pastry part of this recipe (then used a white chocolate topping rather than a sauce). It gave me a wonderful pastry, though they did collapsed very slightly. I also used a piping bag rather than just spooning out the mixture.
7th Jan, 2015
Daughter made these today and they came out pretty much perfect. Used melted chocolate for topping rather than the suggested method. A definite "make again".
18th Dec, 2014
Tried, greaseproof paper, water, different oven temps (fan and non-fan), 1 egg, 2 eggs, all to no avail, always stuck or was too runny (2 medium eggs). Collapsed as soon as i removed from the oven. Used their cooking times etc and came out partly cooked. Could not get this to work.Try a different recipe. I did.
10th Aug, 2014
I made these last night and they were perfect! I made the first batch following the recipe exactly and they stuck to the tray which meant they had huge holes in the bottom. For the second batch I piped small mounds onto grease proof paper and they were perfect! I would definitely recommend this recipe!
30th Mar, 2014
Made these today but did a different sauce with dark chocolate and double cream. Be careful about putting them on damp trays - I then added greaseproof paper over the top but the dampness from the trays soaked through meaning the profiteroles all stuck and I lost the bottoms of them all! This is an unnecessary part of the recipe an simply putting the mixture on greaseproof paper and perhaps dabbing the tops of each blob with cold water has the same effect. I didn't find mine too eggy but I did use smallish medium sized eggs.
24th Oct, 2013
Followed this recipe today, for my first ever profiteroles-making experiece. It worked perfectly well, and everyone is really impressed, including myself. Mix is very easy to make, bakes accordingly to instructions, and the most time spent went to fill/decorate them. I filled with whipping cream and a blob of Dulce de Leche on top, as well as melted milk chocolate/dash of milk as the topping sauce. Ace!
15th Oct, 2013
I make these all the time and follow the recipe exactly and they are perfect. Everyone always loves them so I usually double the recipe for family occasions because me and my boyfriend can eat these till we pass out. Made them last night and were gone within 15 minutes, love the sauce but theres always too much and you have to have a mega sweet tooth for it.
7th Mar, 2013
This recipie is s*** they didnt work at all far to much egg for the mixture, i suggest no one uses this recipie.


3rd Nov, 2013
How many individual profiteroles is this supposed to make? Always useful to know so you know how it to make the blobs!
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