And what to do when you are in holiday and cannot travel?
Well, this is simple: bake!
Bignè are made with Choux pastry and are very versatile. Can be filled or simply garnish on the surface, can be used for the creation of profiteroles, eclairs and croquembouche, they are an easy dessert or appetiser to prepare and, despite their simplicity, full of taste.
It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and the options for filling are endless.
What is choux pastry or in French pâte à choux? Choux pastry is a French pastry dough, pronounced shoe pastry.
“Choux” means cabbage and pâte means paste. So, in other words, cabbage paste. Why is it called “cabbage paste”? The name comes from the resemblance to little cabbages.
Choux pastry has the reputation for being difficult, but it’s surprisingly simple.
And if I managed to do it, you’ll definitely be able to do it too.
This is my second time I make Choux pastry and I’ll admit that I’m very pleased with the result (This is just me being modest 😉)
Now let’s go to the step-by-step recipe for the Choux pastry.
Ingredients for the Choux pastry (around 40 pieces):
- 125 ml Milk
- 125 ml Water
- 100 g Butter
- 1/2 tsp Fine Salt
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- 150 g Flour
- 4 Eggs
To prepare the choux pastry, put the milk, water and butter in a pan, add salt and sugar and melt.
Stir, then off the heat add the flour, mix thoroughly and put back on the low heat, until the dough is compact and comes off from the walls of the pan.
Remove from heat and add the eggs, one at a time, and add the next one only when the previous one is completely incorporated.
You will need to get a smooth dough that runs smoothly and slowly, with a pipeable consistency. Wait a few minutes for it to cool down and in the meantime heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
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With a piping bag fitted with a piping tip, form 2-3 cm diameter mounds, well spaced, on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the dough is puffy and golden.
Do not open the oven as the pastries cook, as cool air will prevent them from properly puffing up. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before filling.
Split open pastries and fill with pastry cream, vanilla or lemon curd, whipped cream, jam, a combination of these, or your favorite filling or even serve them as they are with just a little bit of sprinkled icing sugar on top. Or you can also poke a hole in the pastries and pipe the filling inside.
For a savoury version I’ve filled them with ham & ricotta cheese mousse and green olives.
For a sweet version I’ve filled them with pastry vanilla cream, using my recipe of Super Easy home-made vanilla cream below:
The centers of these pastries are soft, light, and airy and the exterior is golden and crisp. What a beautiful marriage of textures!!
The secret for a perfect choux is to respect the exact quantity of the ingredients. For this recipe I use eggs of 57 g each.
Humidity, the exact size of egg, or an accidental extra 1/2 teaspoon of flour creates inconsistencies. If the eggs are too big, you can get some nice flat pancakes instead of pastries.
Only add as much as you need to create a shiny, thick, and smooth dough with a pipeable consistency.
- 125 ml milk
- 125 ml water
- 100 g butter
- ½ tsp fine salt
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 150 g flour
- 4 eggs
- To prepare the choux pastry, put the milk, water and butter in a pan, add salt and sugar and melt.
- Stir, then off the heat add the flour, mix thoroughly and put back on the low heat, until the dough is compact and comes off from the walls of the pan.
- Remove from heat and add the eggs, one at a time, and add the next one only when the previous one is completely incorporated.
- You will need to get a smooth dough that runs smoothly and slowly, with a pipeable consistency. Wait a few minutes for it to cool down and in the meantime heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- With a piping bag fitted with a piping tip, form 2-3 cm diameter mounds, well spaced, on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the dough is puffy and golden.
- Do not open the oven as the pastries cook, as cool air will prevent them from properly puffing up. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.Allow to cool completely before filling.
They look so yummy 😋
Thank you ☺️
You’re welcome 😊
From where I come from, these are sweet ( creamy sauce inside) and yummy.
Yes, also from where I come ☺️ but savory are wonderful bites too ☺️😋
Wow, this is a very informative and filled with very clear directions. I like the idea of filling with savory ingredients and would use them as an appetizer.
Thank you very much! Yes, the good part of the choux pastry is that sweet or savory are wonderful in both cases ☺️😋
I got way too excited when I saw the Schitt’s Creek gif haha. The pastries look delicious, so delicate and fluffy. I have a huge sweet tooth and look forward to trying them with the vanilla cream filling!
Hahaha…thank you ☺️
Yes, are little fluffy bites ☺️😋
Enjoy them ☺️
Thank you Derrick!
So beautiful! I love the way you piped them into little rosettes. Sweet or savory, this is a wonderful recipe to have on hand.
Thank you very much Dorothy! Very appreciated ☺️
True, I love them because they can adapt to our needs of sweet or savory ☺️😋
they look amazing!!!
Thank you very much ☺️
So yummy 😋😋
Thank you very much ☺️
Vanilla curd sounds delicious! And I like the idea of savour fillings too. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva
Thank you very much Aiva! I’m glad you like them! I always like these versatile ideas ☺️ sometimes we may crave for something sweet but sometimes savory ☺️ And these are perfect for both occasions ☺️😋
That is looking like a very tasty recipe and described in great detail.
Thank you very much ☺️
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Hi Ribana, your recipe looks perfect. Where i come from they are very popular and we love it. Thank you for your lovely posts and thanks again for commenting on my posts too. Wishing you a bright New Year 2021. Rozina
Hi Rozina and thank you very much for your kind words! I guess every part of the world have their version of choice pastry right? ☺️ They are indeed so versatile and delicious 😋
Wish you a wonderful and happy New Year 🎊🎈
You really cracked them Ribana ! They look so beautiful and delicate👌👌
Wishing you a delicious and wonderful Happy New Year🌲
Thank you very much dear! Very appreciated ☺️
Wish you a wonderful and happy New Year too 🎊🤩
This is so exciting! I’ll make it in the weekend. I will, and receive lot of kisses from my son and husband haha 😀 (as if I don’t receive enough already😂)
I’m sure you’ll receive lots of kisses 😘 My mother in law tried several times so far to make them and always ended up with flat pancakes 🥞😆😆
The secret is in the consistency of the dough 😉
Oh! Thanks for the tips 🥰
This is beautiful!! Well done.xx
Thank you very much dear 🤩
Thank you ☺️
I hope I get someone crazy about cooking and baking and I only get to eat all of it. 😉 😛 these are so yummy. I want them now. 😀
Hahaha 🤣 Thank you very much Kritika! I wish I could be your neighbor so that you could enjoy them ☺️😉
Please where do I have to come to live? Let me know 😀 I like cooking and baking only when I am mood and that is rare 😉 😛
Welcome always 🙂 Have an awesome day.
They should invent a way of tasting the food we see online ☺️
Have a lovely day too!
Looks soooo good! You just activated my sweet tooth!
Thank you very much! I’m very glad 😃 These little cuties make even a not sweet lover indulge in something special 😉
You’re most welcome! ❤ And I believe you there! 🙂
Looks yummy and moist!
Thank you very much! It really is ☺️😉
Good food is cause for good celebrations! Have an awesome day and week!💓☕️☕️🍂☕️☕️🌺
Very true! Thank you very much! Have a wonderful week ahead too! 🌸💕🤩
You have a great website, and some great posts. Congratulations
Thank you very much 😁
welcome dear friend 🌹