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Profiteroles

Profiteroles
Keith McNally, Riad Nasr, Lee Hanson

Prep 35 mins
Cook 55 mins
Total 1 hr 30 mins
Dessert
French
6 servings

Ingredients 

For the puffs

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk lightly beaten

For the chocolate sauce

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet Valrhona chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Directions 

Make the puffs

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, butter, and salt with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the sifted flour and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined into a dough. Continue stirring over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough into the bowl of a standing mixer. Stir at low speed for a few minutes to lower the temperature of the dough. Increase the speed to medium and then add the eggs, one at a time. Mix until a smooth, cool dough forms, about 4 minutes.
  • Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a #9 tip, with the dough, or use a soup spoon to form small puffs, about 2 inches in diameter, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the puffs with the beaten egg yolk and transfer to the oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool the puffs on a wire rack and then slice them, as if they were hamburger buns, with a serrated knife.

Make the chocolate sauce

  • Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it foams. Reduce the flame to low and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk until all the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth and shiny. Keep warm over a pan of simmering water.

To serve

  • Fill the puffs with a scant scoop of ice cream and serve on small plates or in shallow bowls. Pass a pitcher of warm chocolate sauce at the table.