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Greek Chocolate Cream Puffs
  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.

Method

For the syrup

  • Place a pot over medium heat and add the sugar, water, cognac, lemon rinds.
  • Heat for 2-3 minutes until the sugar melts completely.
  • When the mixture takes on a syrupy consistency, remove from heat and set it aside to cool completely.

For the crème

  • Place a pot over medium heat and add the 450 g of milk and the half sugar along with the vanilla extract. Let it heat very slowly.
  • In the meantime, in a bowl, add the remaining milk and sugar along with the egg yolks.
  • Whisk until the sugar dissolves completely and add the corn starch. Whisk again to incorporate. Do not add the corn starch before adding the milk because it will not incorporate correctly.
  • As soon as the mixture in the pot comes to a boil, gradually add the mixture in the pot to the mixture in the bowl, while continuously whisking.
  • When all of the contents of the pot is added, add the mixture in the bowl to the pot and stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes, until the crème thickens. As soon as the first bubble appears on the surface it is ready.
  • Remove from heat and immediately add the butter. Continue stirring until the butter melts and is incorporated.
  • Quickly transfer the crème to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap making sure the wrap directly touches the surface of the crème.
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, until completely chilled.
  • When ready, remove from refrigerator and stir thoroughly with a spatula or a whisk to make the crème nice and fluffy.

For the dough

  • Preheat oven to 180* C (360* F) Fan.
  • Beat the egg whites along with the salt in a mixer on high speed, using the whisk attachment.
  • Add the sugar in 10 batches while beating. (Do not add the sugar all at once or else your mixture will not rise and become fluffy.)
  • Then add the egg yolks and vanilla. Beat just to incorporate.
  • Remove the mixer’s bowl from stand and sift the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl. This will help give the mixture a light and airy texture.
  • Gently fold into mixture with a spatula until the ingredients are completely combined without letting it lose its volume.
  • Transfer mixture to a pastry bag.
  • Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper and pipe the mixture out on them, creating small little “cakes” that are 4-5 cm in diameter.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven and set them aside to cool.

For the glaze

  • In a bowl, add the heavy cream, butter and chocolate couverture chopped into pieces. Heat in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes at 800 Watts.
  • When ready, remove from microwave and gently stir to help the chocolate melt completely and the mixture is combined.
  • Set aside to cool.

To assemble

  • Pick up one of the little “cakes” at a time and dip the flat side into the syrup for 5 seconds.
  • Stir the crème with a spatula until it is nice and smooth.
  • Turn half of them upside down and (bottom side up) and fill them with the crème.
  • Dip the other half of the little cakes into the chocolate glaze (on one side) and place over the ones that are filled with crème.

 

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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

256
Calories (kcal)
13 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

10.7
Total Fat (g)
15 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

5.7
Saturated Fat (g)
29 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

34.4
Total Carbs (g)
13 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

25.0
Sugars (g)
28 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

4.8
Protein (g)
10 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.0
Fibre (g)
4 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.17
Sodium (g)
3 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.