Pinch of salt
1 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
Drop of vanilla extract
125g dark choc-bits
Directions to Cook:
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Grease and line 2 oven trays.
Sift flour and salt together and set aside.
Melt butter with 1 cup water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Increase heat and bring to the boil for 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat and add sifted flour all at once. Stir until mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Add eggs to dough, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Beat until mixture is thick and shiny.
Drop teaspoonfuls of mixture onto trays, leaving room in between for spreading.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Turn off oven, open door and leave for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
Melt chocolate and 1/2 cup of cream in a metal or glass bowl over a pan of simmering water (Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Beat remaining cream with caster sugar and vanilla extract until thick. Cut slits horizontally into pastries and pipe in cream.
Arrange profiteroles on a wire rack over a lined tray and drizzle with chocolate sauce, allowing excess to drain away. Transfer to a serving plate and dust lightly with icing sugar.
NOTE: The trick to good choux pastry is not to undercook it, or it will sink as soon as you take it out of the oven. Pastries should be puffed and brown and crisp all over.
Cooked pastries will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Alternatively, cooked choux pastry stores well in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Re-crisp in the oven if desired.
Gluten Free Variation:
Directly substitute *Orgran Gluten Free Plain Flour.
Check that the chocolate and icing sugar that you use is gluten free.
Makes approximately 20.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
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