Paris-brest with triple berry jam, rosewater cream

This spun sugar sensation will delight your tastebuds.

Recipe provided by Lyndey Milan.

Ingredients:

Choux Pastry
75g unsalted butter, diced
½ teaspoon salt 
¾ cup (180ml) water
¾ cup (110g) plain flour
3-4 eggs

Rosewater cream
300ml cream
2 teaspoons (10ml) rosewater
1 cup triple berry jam

Spun sugar
¼ cup (60ml) water

Garnish
Edible flowers or rose petals

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 200⁰C (180⁰C fan-forced). Mark four8cm rounds on baking paper. Place it drawn side down on a 33x 24cm baking biscuit tray (from the Lyndey Milan range) sticking it to the tray with some butter so the paper adheres to the tray. Sprinkle the tray with a little cold water.

2. Place diced butter, salt and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring gently to the boil so butter melts, then remove immediately from heat.

3. Add flour, all at once, and beat vigorously with a woodenspoon until mixture is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the saucepan to form a ball (called a panade). Continue to beat for 30 – 60 seconds over low heat to allow the mixture to dry.

4. Beat three eggs into the dough, one at a time with a woodenspoon, beating thoroughly after each addition. Break remaining egg into a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add enough of this egg to the dough to make a mixture that is very shiny and just falls from the spoon. (All the reserved egg may not be needed. If too much is added, the dough cannot be shaped. If too little is added, the dough will not rise well.)

5. Fit a piping bag with a plain 1.5cm nozzle. Fill the bag with the choux paste and using the marked paper as a guide pipe out six or seven profiterole shapes approximately 3cm in size, nestling up next to each other to join and form a circle. Make some individual profiteroles if there is any paste left. Give the tray another little spray with water.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffs are firm and brown. Remove from oven and pierce each circle in a few places to release any steam. You may wish to return briefly to the oven to ensure they are dry. Cool on a wire rack.

For the spun sugar
1. Place sugar and water in small pan, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to high and cook until mixture turns a light golden brown. Remove pan from heat, let it cool for a few minutes.

2. Set up two or three wooden spoons over a large plastic container (to acts as a catcher). Or weight them down at the end of the kitchen bench and put something down to protect the floor.

3. Tip two forks (or a wire whisk which has had the ends cut off) into the toffee, lift and when drizzling slowly, flick backwards and forwards over the wooden spoon handles. Working quickly, repeat to build up the strands. Carefully loosen the strands and gather into a nest/ball/crown.

To assemble: Whisk cream until soft peaks form and then fold in rosewater. Cut each pastry ring in half. Place bottom half onto a plate, spoon a little jam into each, and then fill with cream. Place top on top of cream. Repeat for each one. Top with spun toffee strands. Sprinkle with edible flowers or rose petals.

Tips:

Higher gluten content, like bread flour gives crisper results than ordinary soft, plain flour, so if you have some on hand it’s a good choice. Profiteroles look cooked before they are so ensure the insides are dry. Use the spun sugar as soon as possible after making it. The moisture in the air will cause the toffee strands to break down after an hour or so or more quickly on a humid day.