Rose and Almond Choux Buns Recipe

Rose and almond choux buns

  • makes 10
  • A little effort

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.

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Ingredients

  • unsalted butter 75g, chilled and diced
  • golden caster sugar 1 tsp
  • plain flour 100g
  • eggs 3 medium

ALMOND CRUMBLE

  • ground almonds 75g
  • caster sugar 75g
  • unsalted butter 50g, chilled and diced

FILLING AND DECORATING

  • strawberries 250g
  • double cream 300ml
  • rosewater ½ - 1 tbsp
  • icing sugar 5 tbsp
  • sugared rose petals a few for decorating, optional

Method

  • Step 1

    For the almond crumble, rub the almonds, sugar and butter together to breadcrumbs, then press together to make a dough. Roll out between two sheets of baking parchment as thinly as you can, then put in the freezer for 1 hour.

  • Step 2

    To make the choux buns, heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and draw on 10 well-spaced circles that are 4cm wide (use a cookie cutter, lid or template as a guide). Flip the paper over.

  • Step 3

    Put 175ml water, the butter, sugar and ½ tsp salt in a medium saucepan. Gently heat until the butter has melted, then turn up the heat and bring to a fierce rolling boil. Lift off the heat, tip in the flour and beat with a wooden spoon to a smooth paste. Return to a low heat and continue beating for 1-2 minutes more to dry out the mixture. Cool for 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Beat in two of the eggs, one at a time, back to a smooth, shiny dough each time. Beat the third egg with a fork in a separate bowl, then beat in a dribble of this at a time until you have a nice thick dough that will only very reluctantly drop from your spoon when it’s banged hard on the side of your pan – you probably won’t need all the egg. Transfer to a piping bag, fitted with a large round nozzle, or snip the end off a disposable one. Pipe rounds of the dough onto the prepared tray, using the circles as templates. Remove the almond crumble from the freezer and using a 5cm cookie cutter as your template, stamp out 10 discs from the frozen crumble. Sit a disc on each round of dough and bake for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven but leave the buns in until fully cooled.

  • Step 5

    Whizz 200g of the strawberries and the rose water in a food processor until smooth. Beat the cream and icing sugar until thick, then gently fold in the strawberry purée. Slice the remaining strawberries very thinly. Halve the buns and arrange a few strawberry slices in the base of each. Spoon or pipe some cream onto them, then sandwich with the tops. Dust with a little icing sugar to serve.

Check out our choux recipes here, including profiteroles, cream puffs and éclairs 

Strawberry Eclair Recipe

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 406
  • Fat 32.1g
  • Carbs 25.2g
  • Fibre 0.8g
  • Protein 5g
  • Salt 0.1g
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