have you seen The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson? if you didn’t make yourself a favor and go right now and watch it, because it’s a really good comedy, and it’s amazing how is it filmed with all those colours. what it’s also amazing are all those courtesans au chocolat that Agatha bake every day early morning.
so what happend was that when I saw the film for the first time I wanted to eat that french pastry straight away, so I baked them, but what I am about to show you it’s better because it’s the ultimate recipe that works perfectly, this dough it’s so airy and it has a perfect texture outside and a beautiful golden colour all over it. the little pastry it’s filled with chocolate custard and covered with a vanilla icing decorated with white chocolate..no words to describe how amazing it’s to eat one of these little ones, it just blow your mind!
and come on, confess that you thought about to bake them also when you saw it for the first time, or at least eat all them..
COURTESAN AU CHOCOLAT
(14 units of 3)
· ingredients ·
120g plain flour
1 pinch of salt
4 large free range eggs
180ml whole milk
50g pieces of dark chocolate
60g caster sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp plain flour
3 Tbsp cornstarch
250g icing sugar
3 Tbsp whole milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
60g white chocolate
· step by step ·
prepare 3 different baking trays with baking paper and preheat the oven at 180ºC.
in a medium saucepan bring the water and butter to a simmer.
add the flour and with a wooden spoon stir constantly and quickly, until the dough it’s formed and the flour it’s cooked for a couple of minutes.
remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
add the eggs, one at a time, and the salt. keep stirring until the dough it’s shiny.
spoon the dough into a piping bag and cut off just the tip of the bag.
pipe onto the prepared baking trays the dough forming puffs. first the big ones, in another baking tray the medium ones and in the third baking tray the small ones.
press down a little bit all the peaks, because later we want to make little towers of puffs and we can’t do it with peaks.
put them in the oven for 30min the big puffs, 25min the medium puffs and 20min the small ones at 180ºC until they look golden.
leave them to cool for few minutes and make a hole with a small knife on the bottom of the puffs to fill them later with the chocolate custard.
in a medium saucepan heat the milk with the pieces of dark chocolate until it’s melt.
in a big bowl whisk the egg yolks, flour, cocoa powder and cornstarch.
add to this mixture the half of the hot chocolate milk little at a time.
now pour this chocolate mixture back to the saucepan with the rest of the chocolate milk over low heat, until the mixture thickens, whisking quickly until there’s no lumps.
remove from the heat and let it cool for 15min.
spoon this custard into a piping bag and cut off the tip of the bag.
gently fill all the puffs with a good quantity of custard.
in a big bowl sift all the icing sugar and pour in the whole milk and vanilla extract, stir until everything it’s combined.
separate the glaze in 3 different small deep bowls and add the food colouring.
you can decorate them with the help of a little spoon or deeping the filled puffs into the glaze.
in a small saucepan melt the white chocolate in a bain marie and pour it in a pipping bag with a 1 or 2mm nozzle, to be precise decorating on the top of the glaze.
pipe a little bit of that custard chocolate between the puffs to attach them.
· tips ·
it’s good to eat them the same day you make them.
also it’s very important to press down the peaks of the puffs before you bake them.
you can decorate them as you please, but I wanted to make it in the almost classical way that it’s shown in the film.