Craving a delicate and airy pastry that is the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea or coffee?
Look no further!
Our Easy Chouquettes recipe is exactly what you need.
These bite-sized, hollow French pastries are light, fluffy, and topped with pearl sugar for a delightful crunch.
Master the art of making chouquettes at home with this simple, fail-proof recipe.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Yield: 30 chouquettes
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pearl sugar
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, and salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, remove the saucepan from heat and add the flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
- Allow the dough to cool for 2-3 minutes, then add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. The dough should become smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe small rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle pearl sugar generously over the dough rounds.
- Bake the chouquettes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and puffed up. Be sure not to open the oven door during the first 20 minutes of baking, as this can cause the chouquettes to deflate.
- Remove the chouquettes from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature.
Tips and Tricks
- For a more even bake, rotate the baking sheets halfway through the cooking time.
- Chouquettes are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.
- If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a plastic bag with one corner snipped off to pipe the dough onto the baking sheets.
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- If you don’t have pearl sugar, you can use coarse granulated sugar as a substitute.
- For a dairy-free option, replace the butter with a dairy-free alternative like margarine or coconut oil.
Wine or Beverage Pairings
Pair your chouquettes with a cup of hot tea or coffee, or for a more indulgent experience, enjoy them with a glass of sparkling wine or Champagne.