Profiteroles with Pastry Cream and Toffee Icing

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 1h
  • Rating ****

Serves 8


  • Profiteroles:
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Pastry Cream:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toffee Icing;
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water


FOR THE PROFITEROLES: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the water, salt, butter and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour, mixing well.

Return the saucepan to the stovetop and cook over medium heat until the dough begins to come away clean from the sides of the pan. Place the dough in an electric mixer and allow to cool slightly before beating in the eggs, one at a time.

Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Turn off the oven. Make a small incision in each profiterole and return to the oven, leaving the door slightly ajar. Leave for 10-15 minutes, allowing the insides to dry out.

FOR THE PASTRY CREAM: Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until pale. Sift in the flour and mix well.

Bring the milk to a boil and gradually whisk into the yolk mixture. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and stir over low heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until the mixture is thick. Stir in the vanilla. Cool.

Fill each profiterole with pastry cream, using a pastry bag.

FOR THE TOFFEE ICING: Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over low heat to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil and boil, without stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until golden.

Spoon over the filled profiteroles immediately, working quickly, as the toffee will set.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2791

nutrition information per serving

276 calories; 7g total fat; 192mg cholesterol; 68mg sodium; 47g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 7g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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