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No. 121: Profiteroles

Cream puffs filled with ice cream (usually vanilla) and topped with hot chocolate sauce—that is what the French call profiteroles. Supposedly Catherine de Medici (wife of the French King Henri II) was the first to have a slightly more modest version of this dessert, a pastry puff filled with whipped cream, or as we Americans know them, cream puffs.

Over the centuries, ice cream and chocolate sauce were added to make this delicious and cold treat you will find on most French dessert menus.


The first time I lived in France, I took a course on making pate à choux, fell in love with it (mes petits choux) and since then, profiteroles have been a fan favorite chez nous.

choux pastry profiterole

Once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that hard. They are brilliant with coffee ice cream and caramel beurre à la fleur de sel sauce. For a savory twist, gougères, I make the choux with different types of cheeses (Comté & Bleu d’Auvergne, j’adore) and fresh herbs.

If you want to make Géraldine’s yummy recipes, click the links below:





caramel beurre à la fleur de sel: buttered caramel with sea salt

chez nous: at our house

gougères: savory choux pastry mixed with cheese

j’adore… I love…

mes petits choux: my little cream puffs (a term of endearment not just for pastry)

pâte à choux: a standard puff pastry that can be either sweet or savory, literally cabbage dough; also know as pâte à chaud (heated dough)

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. keljanke #

    Love cream puffs! Did you go to culinary school in France?! I studies abroad in Paris for my undergrad! Would love to attend culinary school there! French really know food 😉

    January 24, 2014
    • No, culinary school is still on my bucket list. I’ve taken a variety of individual cooking courses and “one-offs”, but would love, love, love to study full-time.

      January 24, 2014
  2. Love the coffee ice cream and caramel version idea – delicieux!

    January 24, 2014
  3. Sarah Larson #

    Your most mouth-watering photos ever! Je les adore!

    January 25, 2014

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