Chouquettes Filled With Ricotta and Strawberries barely qualifies as a recipe because it’s basically just an assembly of 3 very yummy ingredients: chouquettes, ricotta cream, and fresh diced strawberries. But perhaps its because of its simplicity that the result is so scrumptious. Sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones. Chouquettes are a very light puffed pastry, covered with coarse sugar. Depending on the boulangerie you buy them from, they can range from hard and dry (not good ones) to moist and slightly soggy ones (pure heaven). We found our chouquettes at Le Bonn ‘Aire Sucré Boulangerie just across from the Place du Marché in Menilles. Of course, you can make chouquettes but some things are just left best to the professionals. We scored 10 puffy chouquettes for only 1.60€, and these ones were big, moist, and all around perfect.
For some reason, the day we bought them, we forgot to eat them. I guess another dessert had taken center stage. So the next day, I decided to make use of them, and “vite” (fast!) in this simple recipe.
To make them, just cut open the chouquettes in the center and arrange them on a plate.
For the filling, use 1/2 cup ricotta and mix with 1/4 cup white sugar. Mix very well. Use a spatula to spread the ricotta inside the chouquettes, like so:
Wash about 2 cups of strawberries, and dice them.
Place the strawberries on the ricotta, and voila! A perfect springtime dessert. 3 or 4 per person is a good serving size, if you’re trying to calculate how many to make.
I know chouquettes aren’t available to the majority of you, so either you can make this dessert using my pate à choux recipe from Happy Strawberry Choux Puffs. Or you can wait until you come to France to try this recipe. If you do come to France, my advice is to rent a little cottage or “gite” in the countryside of Normandy and spend most of your holiday here. It’s a quick one hour drive to go from Paris to the beginning of the Haute Normandy region, and 2 hours to drive all of the way to Deauville. Since I’m also new to this region, I have a lot of exploring I’d like to do. One city on my list is Etretat, which is on the Normandy coast just east of Deauville. The cliffs there by the seaside look amazing. We’ll need a nice hot day to do that, so I have that to look forward to this summer.
Until next time,