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These delicate, fruity rings are made with choux pastry and double cream. Perfect for a fragrant summer’s evening in the garden!

Makes: 12-14
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Cheap as chips

Ingredients

    • 125g (4oz) butter
    • 150g (5oz) plain flour
    • 4 medium eggs

For the filling

    • 250-350g (812oz) strawberries
    • 2 x 284ml pots double cream
    • 2 level tbsp icing sugar
    • Few drops of vanilla extract

For the decoration

    • 90125g (34oz) plain chocolateflavour cake covering
    • Large piping bag
    • 1.5cm (5/8in) large, plain piping tube
    • 2 baking sheets, with nonstick liners or baking parchment
    • Large star piping tube
    • Small disposable piping bag

Method

    1. Set the oven to gas mark 7 or 220°C.
    1. Place butter in a pan and add 300ml (½ pint) water. Heat gently to melt butter. Increase heat and bring to a rapid boil. Take pan off heat and, working quickly, tip in flour. Beat until mixture forms a ball, then set aside for the mixture to cool until it’s lukewarm.
    1. Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the mixture, to give a soft dropping consistency.
    1. Fit large piping bag with the large, plain piping tube, and fill with the choux mixture. Pipe ring shapes, about 8cm (3¼in) in diameter, on to the baking sheets.
    1. Bake rings for 15 mins, then reduce oven to gas mark 5 or 190°C, and cook for a further 15-20 mins, or until the mixture is risen and golden.
    1. Remove baking sheets from the oven and pierce each of the pastries with a fine skewer to allow the steam to escape. Return them to the oven to cook for a further 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice rings in half widthways and scoop out soft centres.
    1. To make the filling: Slice strawberries. Pour cream into a bowl and add icing sugar and vanilla. Whisk until just forming soft peaks. Fit the large piping bag with the star piping tube and fill with cream. Pipe a swirl of cream into each choux base ring. Arrange a layer of strawberries on top. Replace the top of each pastry, and press down slightly.
    1. Melt cake covering in a microwave or over a pan of hot water. Use to fill the small piping bag. Cut off end of bag to give a small hole. Pipe lines of chocolate over pastries and leave in a cool place for a few minutes for chocolate to set before serving. (Not suitable for freezing)

Nutritional information per portion

fat 33.0g saturates 20.0g calories 375(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.