Chouquettes are mini versions of choux buns. For anyone who hasn’t made choux buns before, then this is a great way to start – my children adore playing with the piping bag! They are so small that they’re not even filled: instead they’re simply coated with pearl sugar. Only one warning: like macarons they can be addictive…
Just to give you an idea: in France, we buy them at the Boulangerie by the kilo. There’s no such thing as having two or three. The children pounce on them at goûter time (afternoon snack to tide them over until dinner later) straight after school. Recently they have been making their own. They realised quick enough it was far better than spending their pocket money and it tastes far better when they have made them all by themselves. If only they could grasp the cleaning up bit afterwards.
Here, the children topped them with pink sugar sprinkles for a Valentine’s pinky look (I found tutti frutti red pearl sugar recently at Galeries Lafayette in Paris). For something different, give them a coloured knitted sweater look using craquelin or streusel crumble topping.
Recipe French Chouquettes (Choux Dough)
1 egg yolk (for glazing)
Before you go, just a quickie announcement…(I meant to post this on Tuesday – my apologies! Blame my kids for being on the computer too long: Aye, it’s the holidays.)
Announcing the Winners for the Macaron Event at Aye Write!
Waverley Books have four tickets to give away to readers for the macaron event on Saturday 10 March at the Glasgow Book Festival, Aye Write!
It was a tough one but not that tough. You were all so sweet with comments but much that it was tempting to pick ticket winners, you were mainly based in the USA! So, the following winners are more likely to manage to make it along, since you’re based in Scotland! Bravo to Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen and Marie Lauchlan.
Looking forward to seeing you both there!
It’s not too late to book your ticket – head on over to the Aye Write! website to book online now.