ProfiterolesProfiteroles with Ginger & Lime Curd and Coconut Praline
Profiteroles are a great dessert to make. Not only do they taste delicious and are easy to make, but can be made ahead and kept in an air-tight container, and stored for a few days; or for longer if frozen. When your’e ready to use them, simply pop them into an oven preheated to 200 degrees Celsius for about 2 minutes if baking from room-temp; or straight from the freezer for a bout 5 -7 minutes or until crisp.
This same recipe can also be used to prepare eclairs, gougeres (puffs filled with cheese) and cream puffs.
I chose to fill my choux buns with a ginger and lime curd which I folded in some Mascarapone cheese to add richness and thickness. The curd works sublimely in the profiteroles as choux pastry, by nature, is quite bland or rather a blank canvas that needs and warrants a filling with a punch – and this curd is just the thing! The combination of the spicy heat from the ginger and the fresh, zesty flavour of the lime adds the kick these buns needs!
I like to serve mine with a coconut praline as I think coconut, ginger and lime should never be apart. If you want to simply make a caramel (as I did in the video), omit the coconut curls and heat 100g caster sugar and cook until it is completely melted and turns a rich caramel colour. Dip the profiteroles in the caramel and assemble into a tower (as in the video).
Ginger & Lime Curd filling
65 g fresh ginger
1 limes, zest & juice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup caster sugar
125 g butter, cubed
100g Mascarpone cheese
Wash the ginger and cut into pieces. Using a food processor or emulsion blender, blitz the ginger into a paste. Using a fine sieve or muslin cloth, strain the liquid from the ginger into a small bowl, make sure to press firmly to extract as much liquid as possible. You will end up with approximately ¼ cup of ginger juice.
Add the lime zest and juice to the ginger juice.
In a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan, place your sugar and eggs, whisk until combined. Whisk in the ginger and lime juice.
Place the saucepan over a medium heat. Whisk slowly until the mixture starts to warm.
Add the cubed butter, a few pieces at a time, whisking continuously until all the butter has been added.
Once the butter has melted, stop using a whisk and start using a wooden spoon.
Continue to stir the mixture over a medium heat until it thickens. When the mixture coats the back of your wooden spoon, and you can draw your finger across it with the mark staying, the curd is ready.
Remove from the heat and set aside for the mixture to cool completely. Give the mixture a stir every so often while it cools. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
Once cool, add the mascarpone to the curd and whisk until combined.
60g strong plain flour
1 tsp caster sugar
50g butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs, beaten
pre-heat your oven to 180 C (fan assisted)
Sift the flour onto a sheet of baking paper. Add the suagar and salt.
Place the water and butter into a medium-sized saucepan.
Place the saucepan over a moderate heat and stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as the butter has melted and the mixture comes up to the boil, remove from the heat.
Then tip the flour in – all in one go – with one hand, while you beat the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon.
Beat until you have a smooth ball of paste that has left the sides of the saucepan clean.
Beat the eggs into the mixture – a little at a time, mixing each addition in thoroughly before adding the next.
Beat until you have a smooth glossy paste.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper, and lightly grease.
To make the choux buns, place teaspoons of the mixture on the baking tray, leaving about 2.5 cm between them .
Place in the oven. After 10 minutes, raise the temperature to 200 C and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
Pierce the bottom of each bun to let the steam out. Place back into the oven for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place on a wire wrack to cool.
150g caster sugar
75g coconut flakes
Add the caster sugar to a heavy-based saucepan. Over a medium heat, slowly caramelise the caster sugar. When the sugar, is completely melted and has started to turn golden, add the coconut. Allow to cook for a minute or so until you have reached a rich caramel colour. ix the coconut and caramel Remove from heat, and pour onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Allow to cool, once set, break into small shards.
To assemble the profiteroles,
Pipe a small amount of the ginger and lime curd mixture into each choux bun. Over a medium heat, place 100g of caster sugar into a saucepan. Cook until the sugar turns into a caramel.
Carefully, dip each choux bun into the caramel and top with a shard of coconut praline.