Here's a second helping from Patisserie at Home (Ryland Peters & Small, April 2013) by Heston Blumenthal alumni, UK pastry chef Will Torrent,a book full of luscious classic desserts.
and Calvados crumble choux buns
These choux buns have a surprise inside
(apple compote and Calvados cream) and on top (crumble crust) – delightful in
summer or autumn!
icing/confectioners’ sugar, to dust
80 g/5 tablespoons butter, softened
100 g/1/2 cup light brown sugar
100 g/3/4 cup plain/all-purpose flour
125 ml/1/2 cup water
125 ml/1/2 cup milk
100 g/61/2 tablespoons butter
a pinch of salt
a pinch of sugar
140 g/1 cup plus 11/2 tablespoons plain/all-purpose
approximately 6 eggs
250 ml/1 cup whipping cream
250 ml/1 cup double/heavy cream
500 g/2 cups storebought crème pâtissière
2 tablespoons Calvados
500 g/18 oz. Bramley apples
2 tablespoons butter
50 g/1/4 cup light brown sugar
juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
bags, plain nozzle/tip and star-shaped nozzle/tip
sheet, lined with greaseproof paper
12–16 small buns
the crumble topping
Beat the butter and sugar together in a
stand mixer or in a bowl with an electric whisk just until well combined. Add
the flour and bring together into a dough with your hands. Turn the dough out
onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, top with another sheet and flatten with a
rolling pin until about 3 mm thick. Freeze for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F) Gas 4.
the choux pastry
Put the water, milk, butter, salt and sugar
in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly with a silicone or
wooden spoon so that the sugar doesn’t burn and cause the mixture to stick to
the bottom of the pan.
When it comes to the boil, quickly stir in
the flour and mix together. Beat the dough vigorously until it cleanly leaves
the sides of the saucepan – this can take up to 5 minutes, depending on the
Transfer the dough to a stand mixer or
mixing bowl (using an electric whisk) and beat in the eggs, one at a time. You
might not need all 6 eggs – flour and eggs behave differently no matter how
many times you make the same recipe, so the number of eggs needed can vary.
As you add the eggs and beat them in, watch
the dough and when it is soft and smooth and drops off a spoon leaving behind a
‘V’ shape, it is ready.
Take the piping bag and fit it with the
plain nozzle/tip. Fill the bag with the choux pastry and pipe 12–16 buns on the
prepared baking sheet. Take the crumble topping out of the freezer, remove the
top sheet of paper and stamp out 2.5-cm/1-inch rounds from the frozen dough –
use a cookie cutter or cut around a bottle top. Cut out the same number as
there are buns and place a round on top of each bun. (A)
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes
or until cooked through, puffed up and golden, then turn the oven off and leave
the buns inside to cool completely and dry out.
the apple compote
Peel, core and chop the apples. Put them in
a saucepan with the butter, sugar and lemon juice and zest. Cover with a lid
and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir, raise the heat and cook for a
further 5 minutes or until you get a chunky ‘compote’. Allow to cool
the crème diplomate
Put the whipping cream and double/heavy
cream in a stand mixer or use a mixing bowl and an electric whisk. Beat until
soft, billowing peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip it otherwise it will
become thick and grainy and it will split when mixed in with the crème
Gently fold the whipped cream, in stages,
into the crème pâtissière until smooth and irresistible, then fold in the
Cut each chou bun in half horizontally and
spoon some of the compote in the bottom. (B)
Fill the piping bag with crème diplomate.
Pipe a generous mound on top of the compote. (C)
Sandwich with the other half of the bun.
Dust with icing/confectioners’ sugar, to serve.
(* Recipe from 'Patisserie at Home' by Will Torrent- Ryland Peters & Small, April 2013- photography by Jonathan Gregson-all rights reserved)