20 September 2011

Messy Choux Buns

A surprise pudding for the kids.

If these buns were presented on The Great British Bake Off, I'm not sure they would be good enough. Thank goodness I didn't apply, I need to practise a lot more before I go on a show like that!

While making and decorating the buns, I listened to these tracks because they remind me of the kids I look after.

'Boom Boom Pow' By The Black Eyed Peas
'Radio Ga Ga' By Queen
'Mamma Mia' By Abba 
'Dynamite' By Taio Cruz
'Written In The Stars' By Tinie Tempah
'Who's laughing Now' By Jessie J
'Breathe and Stop' By Q Tip featuring Taggy Matcher
'Are You Satisfied' By Marina and The Diamonds
'Human' By The Killers
'Only Girl (In The World)' By Rihanna
'Billionaire' By Travis McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars

The boys said the buns looked "awesome", that put a big smile on my face. 

Makes 20


For the choux pastry:

200ml water
teaspoon of caster sugar
85g unsalted butter (3 oz)
120 plain wholemeal flour (approx 4.3 oz)
4 medium eggs beaten

For the cream filling:
Anchor squirty double cream

For the chocolate sauce:
150g dark chocolate (approx 6oz)



1 teaspoon = 5ml
1 tablespoon = 15ml

Preheat oven 190°c and lightly grease a large baking tray.

: In a large pot heat the water and butter.
: Once all the butter has melted, increase the heat and tip in the flour.
: Turn off the heat and keep on stirring until the batter no longer touches the pot.
: Add the eggs a bit at a time and keep on stirring until a smooth glossy dough smiles back at you.
: Get a cup of warm water and put a teaspoon in (yes this really is part of the method!)
: Spoon out a mixture with this teaspoon on the tray, do this 20 times. Press down each bun with a bit of water so they are crunchy on top.
: Bake for 20 minutes, then take out and stab a hole at the bottom of each one.
: Put back in the oven for 5 minutes.

; Take out, and let them cool.

 If you don't want to decorate all 20, then these buns can be stored for a week in an airtight tin.

: Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water.

9 Fill the buns with cream when you are ready to serve. You could slice them open or use the hole you made.

: Use a big spoon to scoop chocolate and pour over the buns.
: Randomly scatter the fruits and candles.

: Light up someones day, it doesn't have to be their birthday. Maybe they have a lot going on and need a pudding like this to cheer them up!

Next Time:
⤵ I will pipe the pastry, making it look more professional and neat.

Favourite Song:

ê 'Are You Satisfied' By Marina and The Diamonds