Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Choux pastry recipes for profiteroles, eclairs and cream puffs

Fancy trying your hand at some patisserie? Try our easy patisserie recipes for impressive afternoon teas of millefeuille, eclairs and macaroons

Looking for choux pastry recipes? Try our choux ideas including profiteroles recipes (chocolate, salted caramel and more), easy eclairs (chocolate eclair ideas and summery strawberry ones) and cream puff recipes. Plus, we’ve included a video to teach you how to make a piping bag to make sure you fill your choux buns without the hassle.


We have also included other patisserie recipes for inspiration if you’re putting together an afternoon tea spread, including mille feuille and the perfect macaron recipe. 

Check out our choux pastry and patisserie ideas here…

Profiteroles recipes

Salted caramel profiteroles

Profiteroles are easier to make than they look. Especially using this simple recipe. Salted caramel adds a touch of luxury to the choux buns for a dinner-party dessert. Recipe from NAC restaurant in London. Try our other caramel recipes for baking here.

Salted Caramel Profiteroles Recipe

Black forest profiteroles

With chocolate, double cream, black cherries and a splash of brandy, make and freeze these black forest cake inspired choux buns ahead of time to create a delicious, sophisticated dessert in minutes.

Black Forest Profiteroles

Chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles stack

Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Lavender and 
vanilla profiteroles

You can buy dried lavender in a jar by Bart Spices (available in most good supermarkets, or online at Or use Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients lavender sugar instead of the lavender and sugar, just weigh out 30g. Make the profiteroles ahead and keep for 1-2 days in an airtight box.

Lavender and White Chocolate Profiteroles Recipe

Éclair recipes

Chocolate éclairs

Take your éclairs to the next level with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Craquelin is similar to a crumble mix, and when baked on top of the choux buns, gives a crackly, crisp top, typical in classic patisserie.

Chocolate Eclair Recipe

Strawberry éclairs

These light and airy strawberry éclairs are a fantastic summery twist on the classic chocolate. They’re a little effort, but look stunning – they’ll be a hit with adults and kids alike. You can get strawberries all year round now, but they’re at their best from June until August, so make the most of them. Check out our strawberry recipes here for more inspiration.

Strawberry Eclair Recipe

Choux buns and cream puffs recipes

Parmesan and smoked garlic gougères

Check out these soft choux buns packed with nutty parmesan and smoked garlic cream. These impressive buns come from East London restaurant, Sapling. Use regular garlic if you can’t find smoked.

Cheese and Garlic Gougères Recipe

Caramel choux puffs

There are a couple of techniques involved here: for the choux pastry and caramel, but they aren’t really that tricky and you’ll end up with a seriously impressive pud. The empty, cooked choux buns can be frozen for a few months – defrost them and give them a blast in a warm oven to re-crisp before using.

Choux Pastry Cream Puff Recipe

Rose and almond choux buns

Bite-sized rosewater cream buns, designed to impress. A new way to use choux pastry, these crumble-topped treats are a doddle once you’ve mastered the choux.

Rose and Almond Choux Buns Recipe

Here’s how to make a piping bag to make sure you get the filling into the choux buns without the mess.

Other patisserie ideas…

Jelly and custard mille feuille

This recipe takes a classic mille feuille and gives it a very British jelly and custard treatment. Make all the elements ahead then just assemble to serve.

Mille Feuille Recipe

Matcha mille crêpe cake

This matcha mille crêpe cake looks really impressive but is also easy to make. Create this beautiful green tea inspired cake using layers of crepes and custard cream and dust with some matcha powder to finish. Try our matcha cupcakes recipe if you have leftover matcha powder.

Matcha Crepe Cake

Mille feuille of summer fruit with calvados cream

Master the art of French patisserie with the classic mille feuille recipe. Delicate layers of puff pastry, fresh summer berries and sweet calvados cream make this tea time treat a show-stopping recipe to serve to your friends and family.

Chocolate fondant fancies

Not just for children, here’s a deliciously adult version of a tea-time favourite. Rich chocolate cake squares are topped with an indulgent truffle and smothered in double chocolate icing. Try our chocolate recipes for indulgent dessert ideas.

Raspberry and white chocolate macarons

They’re a bit of a labour of love, but macarons aren’t that difficult to make and everybody will think you are a genius. The powdered egg white gives you a crisp light finish and the raspberry and white chocolate flavours make them the perfect afternoon tea treat.

Chai-spiced madeleines

Tea and cake is a much-loved combo, especially in the form of a delicate madeleine. We’ve given them a grown up twist with chai spices to serve as an easy afternoon tea snack.

Easy Madeleine Recipe With Chai Spices

Nutella macarons

The only thing better than a macaroon is a Nutella macaroon… we suggest making two batches of these, because they go very quickly. You can also use Nutella in this rich Nutella sunken chocolate cake!

Nutella Chocolate Macaroons Recipe