Friday, 22 March 2013

Caramelised White Chocolate Profiteroles.

In March we celebrated our 7 year anniversary. We are not married but always celebrate the day we met, it is handy that it was at my friends wedding so she always reminds me when the exact date was. Rather than go out and spend lots of money we decided to stay in, cook and watch a film together.

Most special occasions in our house are celebrated with steak, it is too expensive to eat all the time but we love it so much that any occasion, no matter how small is an excuse to buy steak.

We prefer sirloin as it is easy to cook and bloody delicious. I served the steak with truffle oil mash and a mountain of rocket.

Its been a while since I made a proper dessert, normally opting for ice cream, fruit or something ready-made. Since it was a special occasion I decided to push the boat out and make some profiteroles. Paul has never eaten profiteroles until he met me (I know, weird) so I like to make them for him to remind him of how bleak his life was before me.

For Christmas I got the Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood. I absolutely adore this book, its not one of these books that simply tells you to use "low-fat" substitutes (with the exception of creme fraiche). Instead she encourages good quality food in smaller portions. I don't know about you but I'd much rather eat a small amount of something delicious than mountains of tasteless diet food.

I am not going to share the full recipe in this post as I think you should really check out this book. However, I can tell you that the profiteroles worked out at just 3pp each! This includes the choux pastry, creme patisserie and the chocolate topping. You could make them even lighter by removing the white chocolate and simply drizzling dark chocolate sparingly on the top!

I chose to make a caramelised white chocolate after seeing some delicious looking blog posts through Pinterest. I had never heard of it before but it looked pretty straightforward. I followed the instructions in this fabulous blog post from Food 52.

My chocolate was not the best quality, as I was reluctant to spend a lot in case it really didn't work. So the end result was slightly grainy but not noticeably so when on top of the profiteroles. I think next time I do it I will invest in some better quality chocolate.

The end result tasted a little bit like Caramac, but richer and smoother. I cooked mine for quite a while so got a pretty dark caramel colour, but you can alter the time to get the colour and level of caramel flavour to suit you.

My chocolate did not achieve the perfect runny texture in the oven, but a quick simmer in a bain-marie and it was gooey and lovely, as you can see in the gif above.

I hope you are not too disappointed with the lack of recipe with this one, but I would highly recommend getting the book, its only £12 on Amazon!

11 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary to the two of you. Those profiteroles look so beautiful and lovingly crafted. I think it is indeed the perfect dessert for celebrating a sweet life together.

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  2. i see you jumped on the caramelised white chocolate wagon! good move, these look absolutely delicious,
    I am a bit intimidated by the whole process of caramelising white chocolate, it must be something to do with having to stick my head in the oven every 10 minutes! x

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    1. I would probably say don't stick your head all the way into the oven, but its the perfect thing to make while pottering around the kitchen doing other things. lol

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  3. I've looked at Harry Eastwood books, have yet to add one to my collection, but this post has encouraged me to change that sooner then later! These look amazing and delicious! Carmalised white chocolate is something I will definitly be looking into as well.... Not normally a huge fan of white chocolate! And lastly, I promise most of my comments are this long, I don't mind the lack of recipe. I like just seeing what others are making!!

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  4. These look amazing! Will have to look into The Skinny French Kitchen and Caramelized White Chocolate.... Never heard of it before!

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  5. These look so good. I think I would end up eating multiples! I'm on a bit of a white chocolate kick at the moment. Happy anniversary to you both!

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  6. These look and sound awesome Nelly. The Skinny French Kitchen has been on the 'to buy' list for a while, I agree, small portions of awesomeness are far better than low-fat substitutes!

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  7. Oh my god these are calling my name!
    Sophie
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  8. Happy anniversary! We're also celebrating 7 years next week, looks like spring 2006 was a good time to meet a man :)

    The profiteroles look delicious. I am intrigued by the caramelised white chocolate as I'm not a massive fan of white choc so am wondering how sweet it ends up being?

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    1. It's less sweet than regular white chocolate, gives it a caramel/nutty quality.

      Happy anniversary to you too!

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  9. I made choux pastry last week for the first time in, ooh, 20 years. I had forgotten how easy it was! These little babies have been pinned for future reference.

    Happy Anniversary :)

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