Petits Choux with Rose Cream

We reinvented a classic pastry as an homage to the rose: Pastry cream and whipped cream -- the first flavored with rose syrup, the second with rose water -- are layered in tender pate a choux shells and garnished with petals.

  • Servings: 6
Petits Choux with Rose Cream

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 large whole eggs, plus 1 large egg white if needed
  • Rose Pastry Cream
  • Rose Whipped Cream
  • Pesticide-free rose petals, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring butter, sugar, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Return to medium-high heat; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture pulls away from sides, about 3 minutes.

  2. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on low speed until slightly cooled, about 1 minute. Raise speed to medium. Add whole eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Test batter by touching it with your finger and lifting to form a soft peak. If a soft peak does not form, mix in egg white a little at a time until it does.

  3. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 9/16-inch plain round tip (such as Ateco No. 807); set aside. Dip a 1-inch round cookie cutter in flour; mark circles 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Pipe batter into circles to fill. Gently smooth and round tops with a moistened fingertip.

  4. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool.

  5. Poke a small hole in bottom of each choux with a 5/16-inch French tip (such as Ateco No. 863). Transfer 1 cup pastry cream to a pastry bag fitted with a 5/16-inch plain round tip (such as Ateco No. 802). Fill each choux with pastry cream.

  6. Fold remaining 3/4 cup pastry cream into whipped cream until nearly incorporated but streaks are still visible. Put 6 filled choux into each serving dish; top with whipped cream, dividing evenly. Garnish with rose petals if desired.

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