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Choux pastry help

Postby Amyw » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:28 pm

Hi all ,

My mums in hospital at the minute ... long story but collapsed vomiting blood last Tuesday . I’m visiting her tomorrow and asked if she wanted anything brought in and she said something like eclairs or choux buns . I thought it would be nice if I made something using choux pastry for her but I haven’t made anything choux related in years .

Any recipes /tips etc? Anything pretty with a bit of wow would ge great as it’s a special treat

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Suffs » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:12 pm

I haven’t made choux for a good while either so I’ll leave that to others ... just wanted to wish your mother well. Hope they sort her out and she gets home soon :newhuggy

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Sakkarin » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:22 pm

Last time I tried it was easier than I remembered (EDIT: reading it again, looks like I'm lying there!). Here's a link back to that "Croquembouche" thread.
http://carta.co.uk/foodforum/viewtopic. ... 121#p54092

Here's one I didn't make earlier but wish I had...

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Amyw » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:32 pm

Thanks Suffs that’s very kind . Thanks Sakkarin for the link too , I think the croquembouche might be a small struggle to get into the hospital !!

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Sakkarin » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:10 pm

The thread's got choux tips too...

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:41 pm

Oh Amy, sorry to hear that :newhuggy

I've only made it once in my life and it wasn't a success, so I'll leave it to the others too :lol: :lol: I think it was suppposed to be filled with something cheesy? They had a name but I can't remember. Must have been 35 years ago.

I'm sure that whatever you make will look stunning, do post a pic :)

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Suffs » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:42 pm

Amyw wrote:Thanks Suffs that’s very kind . Thanks Sakkarin for the link too , I think the croquembouche might be a small struggle to get into the hospital !!


From what I know of my friends who are in nursing and doctors as well, you’d never get it past them .... all you’d have left is a sticky plate. :lol:

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Sakkarin » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:49 pm

KeenCook2 wrote:They had a name but I can't remember


Gougere?
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2116&p=54122#p54122

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Amyw » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:53 pm

Haha I was only joking Sakkarin . Been reading up about it and quite a few interesting tips/techniques

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Earthmaiden » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:54 pm

AmyW - please accept my best wishes as well :newhuggy.

I haven't made choux for a few years either. I know I once made a mental note to be sure to let out all the steam and give the middles a chance to dry out a bit which has proved useful.

I don't think you can go wrong with eclairs or buns with cream and chocolate. Most people would consider that a treat!

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:42 pm

Sakkarin wrote:
KeenCook2 wrote:They had a name but I can't remember


Gougere?
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2116&p=54122#p54122


Yes, that's right, but they were mini ones.

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Stokey Sue » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:59 pm

I make little gougères occasionally but haven’t made sweet choux in years

My top tip came from a tv cook, can’t remember which, but it’s simply that if you tip the mix out of the hot pan into a cold (room temperature) Pyrex or ceramic bowl and give it a token stir it will then be the right temperature to beat in the eggs, no brain required

I always beat the eggs a bit before adding quite gradually, and I seldom use all the last egg, sometimes I don’t need it at all, most recipes seem far too wet - either that or Serj sells monster eggs

I do hope your mum gets better soon Amy, I’m sure it will be good for you both to have a visit and catch up

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Sakkarin » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:03 pm

Ha! Tonight's Australian Masterchef, they have to cook a classic dish from the 10 choices provided, number 10 is Croquembouche!

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Busybee » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:06 pm

Can’t help on the baking, but my very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

:newhuggy And a hug for you Amy.

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Amyw » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:08 pm

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Well I did a test run of Mary Berry’s recipe and they worked . They’re all different sizes/shapes but for a first attempt , they rose and are nice and crispy on the outside

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Earthmaiden » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:14 pm

They look great!

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Suffs » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:44 pm

Yum :yum

Now I’m going to have to make gougère ... oh ‘eck ;)

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:33 am

Excellent Amy!

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby jeral » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:58 am

Fingers crossed for your mum Amyw. I'm slightly surprised you'll be allowed to visit given how sensitive hospitals are but great if you can, staying masked up I guess?

Will they let your mum eat choux buns with cream? They're rather dry and tasteless without a filling. Maybe apple sauce or jam instead if not "sickly" cream?

Could buy or make a Madeira or angel cake if poss as well just in case simply because they ought to be fairly neutral/harmless depending on what's wrong of course. (I like to have a Plan B.)

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Re: Choux pastry help

Postby Pepper Pig » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:24 am

In our local hospital each patient has one designated visitor for the time they are incarcerated. In practice it was a bit more lax than that. Not masked up at all and they didn’t even seemed to be bothered about signing you in.

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