It’s mid-March finally here in Normandy, and today’s sunny mild weather gave me an “envie” for a light springtime dessert made with strawberries. Since fresh fruit always marries well with fresh whipped cream, that left one last part of my dessert to imagine. Puff pastries! Oh yes, oh yes, and so I skipped over to my little kitchen and whipped up these springy, well-behaved choux. They were a delight to watch puff up in the oven and equally as fun to devour! Once assembled, you can’t help but smile, hence the “happy” in the name.
To start, we’ll need to make the “pate à choux” (puff pastry). First start with 2 cups water and 75g of butter and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add 2 cups brioche flour. Stir vigorously until smooth. Add in one egg, stir vigorously, and then add 2 more eggs. If your batter sticks too heavily to the spoon, add a little water.
Heap the batter into lovely rosettes on a buttered and floured baking tray. Don’t be afraid to use your finger to swoop them into form.
While those are baking for around 45 minutes at 200C or 375F, (exact time will depend on how large you made your mounds of batter) prepare your strawberries by slicing them as thinly as possible.
Take out the puff pastries when they look like this. Hint: open the top of one and if the inside is cooked, you’re done. If not, pop them back in the oven. For less stress during the cooking process, you can make smaller choux. Mine were extra-large and took an extra 15 minutes of cooking for the inside to cook through. The tops did not burn, but came out golden golden brown!
Pump in some fresh home made whipped cream, arrange the sliced strawberries in a star pattern, hanging slightly over the edge, put the choux’s hat back on, and drizzle warm melted chocolate on top. I used Lindt 70%, baker’s chocolate, put a couple squares in a mug with some whole milk and microwaved it until the chocolate was melted. Add enough milk until you have a nice drizzly chocolate. There is nothing left to do but enjoy your choux with your significant other. Mmmmm, happiness….
PS- if anyone does not know how to make home-made whipped cream, feel free to ask me to explain on the comment form below.