Sunday, July 13, 2008
Profiteroles is a classic French dessert of cream puffs (made from choux pastry) filled with pastry cream, whipped cream or (most commonly) ice cream. A sauce is then poured over the top – usually chocolate, caramel or a fruit sauce.
Choux pastry was invented in Paris in 1540 by the Italian chef of Catherine de Médicis, who brought him with her from her native Florence (along with her Italian clothes, furniture, hairdressers, etc.). Although the term profiteroles has been in continuous use since the 16th century, no one knows the origin of the name.
However, “choux” means cabbage in French, a reference to the round shape of the cream puffs made from choux pastry. It contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs – the rising agent being only the high moisture content, which creates steam during cooking, puffing out the pastry. Way more than you need to know. Just grab your fork and enjoy.