The Chouquette is without any doubt my favourite French viennoiserie. This is always the first thing I am buying when I have the chance to spend some time in France. But what is the chouquette? Did you ever hear about these delicious viennoiseries? This is a choux sprinkled with pearl sugar.
I love travelling and I had the chance to travel a lot and I never found this little vienoiserie anywhere else than in France until now. Maybe your bakery next door are baking them. Then let me know about it!
- 80 gr butter 0.7 cup or 2.85 oz.
- 150 gr flour 1.15 cup or 5.35 oz.
- 25 cl water 1 cup or 8.3 oz.
- 4 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 tbsp iced sugar
- 4 tbsp sugar pearls
- Dice butter. Add water and diced butter in a little saucepan and bring to a boil. Quickly remove from heat and add all flour in one time. Then mix really quickly until you obtain a ball not gripping. Heat again with really low heat for a few seconds.
- Pull this ball in a mixing bowl and add the first egg. Stir very quickly until you obtain again a paste.[br][br]
- Do the same with the other eggs, one by one. Be careful to not have a paste too liquid because then the chouquettes will not rise.
- When your choux paste is ready, preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F) and place a greaseproof on a baking tray. Fill in your pastry bag with the choux paste.
- Make your choux.
- Mix one egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush chouquettes with it. Add iced sugar and then sugar pearls on top of the choux.
- Bake for 15 minutes and low down temperature to 180°C (350°F) for 10 minutes. Remember to never open the oven during the baking! It worked for me!
- Remember: If you want to conserve the chouquettes, you have to put them in an airtight box.