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.
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.
Profiteroles with Chestnut Creme Patissiere
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Vitamin A 494IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
* 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 •