Beignets

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

These puffs of deep-fried choux pastry are heavenly served with a rich chocolate sauce, but you could serve them with any dipping sauce you like - a classic vanilla anglaise would be sublime. Or skip the sauce altogether and simply dust them in snowy clouds of icing sugar. Just be sure to devour them while they're still hot.

For the choux pastry, see our choux pastry recipe.

  • 1 quantity basic choux pastry
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange, plus extra (optional), to serve
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • Thick cream and raspberries, to serve
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  • Chocolate-caramel sauce
  • 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 300 ml pouring cream
  • 200 gm dark chocolate (56% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 100 gm milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 30 ml Grand Marnier
01   For chocolate-caramel sauce, stir sugar and 100ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then brush down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and boil without stirring until starting to caramelise (3-4 minutes). Continue cooking, swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is evenly dark caramel, then remove from heat and add 125ml water (be careful, hot caramel will spit). Return to heat, add cream and bring back to the boil. Add chocolate, remove from heat, stand for 5 minutes, add Grand Marnier and stir until smooth. Set aside at room temperature.
02   Make choux pastry. Chill in the refrigerator until firm (2-3 hours).
03   Heat oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer to 170C. Carefully add rough tablespoonfuls of choux pastry in batches and deep-fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, puffed and just starting to split (6-8 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on paper towels, dust with grated orange rind and icing sugar and serve hot with chocolate-caramel sauce, thick cream and raspberries.

Topics:

PASTRY, CREAM, SPRING, DARK CHOCOLATE, FRENCH, ORANGE, DESSERT, MILK CHOCOLATE, PASTRY

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

LUCY TWEED

FEATURED IN

Oct 2016

Oct 2016

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