Profiteroles

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Menu Part: Dessert
Cuisine Type: French
Serves: 6

A profiterole is a dessert made from a small, round baked choux pastry, then filled with a sweet filling. This recipe uses an ice cream and chocolate topping, but other filling options are whipped cream or pastry cream, and they can be served topped with a caramel glaze or fruit.

Ingredients

1 cup milk

1/4 lb. unsalted butter

Pinch of kosher salt

1 cup all purpose flour

4 extra-large eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. prepared coffee

Vanilla ice cream

Steps

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Scald milk, butter, and salt over med. heat. When butter is melted, add flour; beat with wooden spoon until dough forms. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat for 2 min. (Flour will begin to coat bottom of pan.) Dump hot mixture into bowl of food processor. Add eggs; pulse until incorporated.

2. Spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with a large, round tip. Pipe 1 1⁄2 in.-high mounds onto baking sheet lined with parchment. With wet finger, lightly press down swirl at top of each puff.

3. Bake 20 min., until light brown. Turn off oven; let puffs sit 10 min. Make small slit in side of each puff for steam to escape; cool.

4. Place cream and chips in bowl set over simmering water; stir until chocolate melts. Add honey and coffee; stir smooth.

5. Cut each puff in half crosswise, fill with small scoop of ice cream, replace top, and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce.