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chocolate profiteroles with chestnut cream

Chocolate profiteroles filled with chestnut cream and drizzled with melted chocolate, dessert perfection on a plate. Pile them high and let your guests tuck in!

Chocolate profiteroles are a dessert that never fail to put a smile on peoples faces. Round choux buns filled with cream and topped with chocolate.

A tower of profiteroles filled with chestnut creme patisserie on a glass plate with some candy canes to the side and christmas baubles to decorate.

For a seasonal twist we’ve filled our chocolate profiteroles with creme patisserie that’s been flavoured with chestnut puree. Creme patisserie is a french term, but is is basically an egg and vanilla custard!

We served these delicious chestnut flavoured choux buns to guests at one of our festive afternoon teas and they went down a treat. Our chocolate profiteroles can be served as individual portions, or add 5 to a bowl for a weekend dessert for family.

However, they do make a great addition to a buffet table at a New Year’s drinks party. Pile them high and let guests help themselves, just be sure you have plenty to go around as they are incredibly moreish.

A tower of profiteroles filled with chestnut creme patisserie and warm melted chocolate being poured over the top with some gold christmas trees in the back.

How to make chocolate sauce for profiteroles?

Making the chocolate sauce for profiteroles is really very easy. Simply add dark chocolate and golden syrup to a pan and heat up gently. Once melted and well combined, pour the chocolate sauce over the pile of profiteroles.

How does choux pastry differ from shortcrust?

Choux pastry is a cooked pastry rather than one that is rubbed together and chilled like shortcrust.

Once you’ve mastered the art of making the choux dough, it’s a remarkably versatile pastry.

Instead of piping into balls as we’ve done here, you can pipe long tubes of pastry and make chocolate eclairs instead.

A tower of profiteroles filled with chestnut creme patisserie and warm melted chocolate being poured over the top with some christmas baubles and candy canes in the back

Why do profiteroles sometimes collapse once baked?

Top tip! When you take the baked profiteroles out of the oven, pierce a small hole in the bottom of the choux ball with a sharp knife or skewer. This allows the steam inside the choux bun to release, stopping it from becoming soggy and collapsing.

Michelle likes to pop the choux buns back in the oven for 2-3 minutes as this helps to dry the inside which helps

keep the structure.

Can chocolate profiteroles be made in advance?

Choux buns:

The choux buns can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for 2 days prior to serving them.

Creme patisserie (chestnut cream):

The creme patisserie can also be made ahead of time, allowed to cool and stored in the fridge. Just ensure that you cover the top of the custard with some cling film to stop a skin forming on top.

However, creme patisserie does not freeze well!

Can I freeze profiteroles?

You can also freeze the profiteroles, once baked, by allowing to them to cool and then freeze them individually.

When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and allow them to defrost on a wire rack.

Top tip! We recommend popping them into a warm oven for 10 minutes to crisp them up again before filling!

A tower of profiteroles filled with chestnut creme patisserie and warm melted chocolate over the top with some gold christmas trees in the back.

What alternative profiterole fillings can be used?

We have filled the choux buns with a chestnut creme patisserie and drizzled them with chocolate.

Sweet profiterole filling:

Other flavours can easily be added to the custard filling. For example, add some cold strong coffee to the mixture, this flavour works really well with the chocolate drizzle.

However, you could easily fill with the buns with a simple whipped double cream, either on it’s own or flavoured with macerated berries like strawberries or raspberries.

Savoury profiterole filling:

Remember that the choux buns are only a pastry so can work with both sweet and savoury fillings!

If you don’t fancy sweet then why not try a savoury twist to these choux buns:

  • herby chicken in a thickened white sauce;
  • smoked salmon and cream cheese mousse;
  • creamed garlic mushrooms.

The list is endless, it is after all a simple pastry to carry the flavour of the filling. So why not get experimental?

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Profiteroles with Chestnut Creme Patissiere

Profiteroles filled with chestnut cream and drizzled with melted chocolate, dessert perfection on a plate. Pile them high and let your guests tuck in.
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 433kcal


Choux Pastry

  • 50 g butter
  • 125 ml water
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp icing sugar
  • 2 free range eggs (medium)

Chestnut Creme Pastisserie

  • 250 ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 75 g unsweetened chestnut puree
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 10 g cornflour
  • 10 g plain flour
  • 3 egg yolks (medium)

Chocolate Topping

  • 150 g dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup


Choux Pastry

  • Preheat the oven to 180 fan or 200 non fan. Prepare a large baking tray with either a silicone liner or a piece of baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour and sugars together and set aside.
  • In small saucepan add the water and butter. Bring to a quick boil and turn the heat down immediately.
  • Once the butter is fully melted, take off the heat and add the flour and sugars. Using a wooden spoon beat together until fully incorporated and coming away from the sides of the pan. The batter at this stage should be a thick paste.
  • Set the mixture aside to cool slightly. You don't want to add the eggs while the batter is too hot as it will cook and curdle the eggs.
  • In a small jug whisk the eggs lightly with a fork. Once the batter has cooled, but still warm, gradually add some of the egg mixture and beat thoroughly to incorporate. You can alternatively do this in a stand mixer or with an electric mixer. You may not need quite all the egg, but you want the batter to drop from the spoon in dollops, but not too runny that it doesn't hold its consistency when piped.
  • Once you have the batter to the correct consistency, transfer the mixture to a piping bag either with a round nozzle or just with a cut at the tip of the piping bag. Pipe onto the baking parchment in balls, taking care not to make them too big as they will puff up in the oven. If you don't want to use a piping bag then just use a teaspoon to place heaped teaspoons onto the baking tray.
  • Wet your finger with cold water and tap down any of the choux paste so each ball is rounded on top, this ensures the tops don't burn.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and puffed up. Remove from the oven and very carefully pierce the bottoms with a skewer or sharp knife to allow the steam to escape. Pop them back in the oven for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the insides and allow any remaining steam out. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. [Note: At this point the choux buns can be frozen to be used and filled at a later date. Just pop in the oven from frozen at 180 fan for 10 minutes, allow to cool and fill.]

Chestnut Creme Pastisserie

  • Place the milk, chestnut puree and vanilla in a small pan and slowly heat to just under boiling. Do not allow to boil.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks, flours and sugar until light, pale and fluffy.
  • Spoon a little of the warm milk into the eggs and fully incorporate, repeat this step again to allow the temperature of the egg mixture to come closer to that of the milk mixture, this will stop the eggs cooking too quickly.
  • Now add the egg mixture back into the pan with the remainder of the milk and gently heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, usually about 5 minutes. The mixture may go lumpy, do not worry, just remove from the heat and whisk vigorously to remove the lumps.
  • Once thickened, remove from heat and place into a bowl. Cover the mixture with clingfilm, directly onto the creme patisserie to stop a skin forming. Allow to cool before using. This mixture will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator until needed.

Chocolate Sauce

  • Place the chocolate and golden syrup in a small heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted. Keep warm until ready to pour over the profiterole tower.


  • When ready to assemble, place the chestnut creme patisserie into a piping bag fitted with a small circle nozzle. Pipe into the bottom of the choux buns where you pierced until they are full. You will feel the choux increased in size and become heavy. Stack together in a pyramid shape for serving. Drizzle over the melted chocolate sauce and enjoy!


If you don’t want to make a creme patisserie, you can whip double cream with a bit of icing sugar and add the chestnut puree to this and use to fill the choux buns. 
Nutrition Facts
Profiteroles with Chestnut Creme Patissiere
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 494IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Afternoon Tea, Baking, Dessert
Cuisine : French
Keyword : Choux, Christmas, dinner party, entertaining, Pastry
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Recipe Rating

Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Oooh yes please! Come to mama!!! I especially love the idea of flavouring the creme pat with chestnut - how wonderfully festive! Eb x


Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Thank you Eb, the chestnut flavoured creme pat really does elevate these profiteroles. Very hard to resist! Lesley x

Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

Thursday 28th of November 2019

You had me at chestnut cream plus I love choux pastry and profiteroles so that's that! :) Such a delicious and special dessert, perfect during festive party season!


Thursday 28th of November 2019

Thank you Jo, I have to say I’m wish you on this flavour combination. The problem is stopping once I start! Lesley x

Jacqui Bellefontaine

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Whilst chestnuts is not one of my favourites flavours they are festive so i do like to eat some at this time of the year. These sound really good and I will mak ethem iof i get a moment. Who doesnt love pprofiteroles? and it has sparked another idea.


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I love nuts in pretty much all their guises! Roasted chestnuts being a particular favourite. Sadly my family feel like you Jacqui and happily leave them. Glad to see we’ve inspired an idea, I love when recipes do that. Lesley x


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Well, that's my Christmas dessert sorted :)


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thank you Veronica, these will also be on my Christmas dessert list! Lesley x

Cat | Curly's Cooking

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

These look incredible! Such a creative idea that sounds delicious!


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thank you Cat, they are rather delicious. We served these at one of our afternoon teas and they went down a storm. Very easy to over-indulge! Lesley x