Light choux pastry filled with rich chocolate cream filling! Here we've got these chocolate cream puffs scaled down to individual servings and decked up like a Christmas tree. It would not only this be delicious dessert but also a gorgeous table centrepiece. This Christmas Tree Croquembouche recipe is shared by home cook Wyatt Tan who specialises in healthy bakes and runs a bar located at Duxton hill.
A croquembouche is a classic French dessert made of cream puffs and stuck into a large cone. It's definitely one of the most festive and insta-worthy desserts you can make for the holidays!
Here are some tips to help you successfully make your own Christmas Tree Croquembouche. Choux pastry may seem fragile and delicate but with this recipe, it's totally uncomplicated. To ensure that the perfect cromquembouche, we're using the Kenwood Chef XL Sense stand mixer the Craquelin cookie as well as the filling.
First, let's start with the craquelin cookie. Place all the ingredients into the Kenwood stand mixer and beat till it forms a dough. Divide into two portions and mix colour evenly. Roll the dough into a very thin sheet and cut out the round shape. Transfer to the freezer until it's ready to be used.
Next the crucial part, the choux puff. Combine milk, water, salt, sugar and water to a boil. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium and add the flour. Stir the mixture constantly until thickened and transfer the mixture to the bowl. Add egg one at a time, making sure each one is completely incorporated before adding the next. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe it to about 4cm diameter. Place the carquelin cookie on top of the choux dough and bake them at 165-degree Celsius for 40 mins.
In the Kenwood stand mixer, add in heavy cream, cocoa powder and sugar and beat till ingredients come together. Increase the speed and beat it till it reaches a stiff peak. Transfer to a piping bag, poke a hole at the bottom of the puff and pipe in the cream.
Stack it into a tall pyramid shape and garnish with a Christmas ornament. The perfect way to celebrate the festive holiday!
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