Recipe: Lemon profiteroles

Lemon profiteroles are one of our best selling products so we thought it was about time that we shared our recipe with you so you can make them at home. With profiteroles, consistency is key: the choux pastry needs to be thick enough to hold it’s shape but light enough to puff up, the creme patisserie needs to be thick and smooth without setting to a blancmange, and the lemon fondant needs to be wet enough to flow over the profiterole but thick enough to cling to the top of the choux pastry. Once you have the knack for getting the right consistency they are quick and easy to make.

Lemon Profiteroles

The lemon profiteroles are crisp choux pastry cases filled with a lemon curd flavoured crème patisserie and topped with a sharp lemon fondant.
PROD Lemon profiteroles (3)
Makes 30

Ingredients

For the Choux pastry

60g Organic strong white bread flour
5g Caster sugar
50g Organic butter
150ml water
2 large eggs

For the filling

4 large egg yolks
65g caster sugar
15g organic plain flour
20g corn flour
350ml organic whole milk
100g lemon curd. Why not use our lemon curd recipe

For the topping

200g fondant icing sugar
20ml lemon juice

Method

For the Choux pastry

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Prepare two baking trays by either lining them with silicone paper or buttering the trays generously. Sprinkle water over both trays, then tip the trays vertically and tap the excess water off. This stage is very important for getting the choux to rise.
2. Place the butter and water in a non-stick pan and heat gently.
3. Take a square of greaseproof paper and fold it in half to create a crease. Sieve the flour and sugar onto the greasproof paper, trying to keep it mostly in the middle over the crease.
4. Once the butter has melted into the water and it’s just started to bubble, remove it from the eat and, using the crease in the paper, shoot the flour into the water in one go.
5. With a wooden spoon beat the mixture vigorously until a smooth dough is formed – it will come away from the side of the pan and form a ball.
6. Allow the dough to cool slightly. Lightly whisk the eggs in a jug and gradually add the eggs to the dough, beating vigorously between each addition.
7. Once all of the eggs have been beaten in, transfer the choux pastry dough into a piping bag fitted with a large, round nozzle.
8. Pipe 30 evenly sized balls onto the two baking sheets. Using your finger dipped in cold water, dab down the peak that forms when you pull away the piping bag to leave a smooth shape.
9. Bake in the oven at 200 C for 10 minutes, then increase the temperature to 220 C for a further 15 minutes. The profiteroles are ready when they are nut brown in colour.
10. When you take them out of the oven, pierce each profiterole with a skewer to release any steam caught inside.

For the filling

1. Place the milk in a large non-stick pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, flour and cornflour until it forms a paste.
3. As the milk warms up, add a couple of spoonfuls of milk to the custard base to loosen it slightly and start to warm the eggs up.
4. When the milk is warmed but not boiling, pour it over the custard base and whisk thoroughly before returning the custard to the pan.
5. Keep heating the custard until it thickens, stirring all of the time to ensure it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan.
6. Once it has thickened to a firm consistency, remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and chill.

For the topping

1. Place the fondant icing sugar into a small bowl and add lemon juice, a little at a time, mixing until a smooth paste has formed. The icing needs to be thick enough to cling to the profiterole so only add as much liquid as you need.

To assemble

1. Split each choux pastry in half and place the top to one side.
2. Stir the lemon curd through the crème patisserie and transfer to a piping bag with either a plain or star nozzle fitted.
3. Pipe crème patisserie into each choux pastry case base.
4. Using the profiterole tops that you set to one side, top each one with lemon fondant using either a small piping bag or teaspoon.
5. You can serve them individually in a bun case, or stacked into a pyramid.

PROD Lemon profiteroles (2)

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Choosing your wedding favours

Some couples choose not to bother with wedding favours. Some view it as an extra faff and expense that they could live without. Others love the idea of giving their guests a gift but have no idea where to start. Some couples see them as a great way to add a personal touch to the day. Whichever group you fall into, our helpful tips and advice will help you to find the perfect favour for your wedding.

What will it cost?

Wedding favours vary hugely in price. I’ve seen people give a set of beautiful pencils where each pencil cost 5p, they were then covered in pages from old books that the couple already owned and tied with ribbon that they picked up cheaply by buying in bulk. Each favour cost 35p each. On the other end of the scale, I’ve seen each guest receive a mini bottle of champagne, which must have cost a lot more per guest!

So, what will it cost? That depends on you. Work out how many guests you are inviting and then allocate a budget per guest. Only you know what you can afford and once you have that figure try to stick to it. There is bound to be something you can do within your price range – you just have to work out what it is.

How do I please everyone?

This is a frequent question from couples: How do we give them a favour that everyone will like? The easy answer is that you don’t have to! It’s your wedding day and your guests love you. They will love to receive something that you have chosen either because it is meaningful to you or because you think it’s fun, quirky and interesting.

And let’s not forget that the only way to please everyone is to choose something bland or mundane. And that’s just means you are spending a chunk of money on something that people will forget about or leave on the table. Sugar almonds anyone? no…? Quite.

What will it look like?

Packaging can be expensive so it’s worth spending some time thinking about how your favour will fit into your table setting and how you’d like it to look. When you are planning your packaging, think about the rest of your wedding scheme. The options are endless, but simple paper bags can be bought in bulk very cheaply and are available in a range of colours. Alternatively, try cellophane bags finished with a ribbon to match your colour scheme. If you have a bit more to spend, mason jars or small jam jars are a great way to package gifts.

You should also consider your labeling. Do you want to attach a thank you label? Or something a bit more personal? A lot of home printers will print stickers nowadays, or alternatively try Moo.com who have a tool that allow you to design and print your own stickers on the fly. We use them for our own stickers and I can highly recommend them.

Alternatively, choose something that doesn’t require packaging like the pencils I mentioned earlier or try a lottery ticket tucked into each guest’s wine glass. If you are getting married on a Saturday you could even have the Best Man read out the lottery numbers as part of his speech!

Can I eat it?

Edible favours are very popular and the range of options available is huge. You can choose from biscuits, cupcakes, sweets, fudge, chocolates, marshmallows, popcorn, crisps, jams, honey’s or chutneys, alcohol, tea bags or leaves, coffee or lollipops. Edible favours will always be very popular with your guests, but if you are planning on packaging these yourself you will need to think about the time and costs associated with that. Grandma’s home made jam may be amazing, but 100 tiny jam jars and labels can be quite expensive. You will also need to check the shelf life – cupcakes are best eaten within a day or two of being baked.

Should I make them myself?

Yes, if you have the time and necessary skill. Jam, test tubes of your favourite tea blend, or those pencils again – they can all be made well ahead of time. You could spend a few evenings in front of the TV making or assembling your favours, or alternatively, pull in the family or bridesmaids to set up a production line!

However, these things tend to take longer than you think. To package up 100 biscuits in a simple way, we would usually allow 3 hours and that’s just to put it in a bag and seal it in an attractive way. It will probably take longer than you think so I would recommend getting them done and dusted at least 4 weeks before the wedding. If your favours are perishable I would recommend finding a supplier to take care of them for you. I made my own biscuit wedding favours for 80 guests – it took 12 hours to bake and package, and I make biscuits day in, day out. Do you really want to spend 12-20 hours in the week before your wedding stuck in the kitchen making wedding favours?

And if you do choose to make something edible just a couple of days before the wedding, please remember to trial any new or unfamiliar recipes ahead of time.

Stuck for ideas?

We’ve put together a pinterest board packed full of ideas. Have a browse and see what inspires you, and if you come up with an idea that we’ve not covered please do let us know!

I’m married!

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately… well, I’ve been busy getting married! Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few details from our wedding but I wanted to start off by sharing my pinterest board to give you a sense of what we were aiming for.

We chose shades of green, especially emerald green, with ivory and gold accents. We also used some old books that we cut up and used the pages as accents in the stationary and other spots.

The pinterest board has a huge range of images and ideas, some made it into the wedding, some didn’t. The five images below were all key points of inspiration for me. See if you can guess which ones made it into the wedding!

Jos own green dress

Jos own hendricks bottle

jos own jam jars

Jos own paper hearts

jos own wedding flowers

Football cake for Free Cakes For Kids

A few weeks ago you may have seen our football cake on facebook.
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This cake was made as part of our work with Free Cakes For Kids Watford. Free Cakes for Kids is a UK-wide organisation providing birthday cakes for children who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. We work with local charities and support groups to identify families and children then we make them a birthday cake just for them, usually featuring something they love.

All the cakes are baked by volunteers who donate their own time, use their own equipment and pay for their own ingredients. As you may know, cake decorating ingredients can be expensive and not everyone is a keen baker so for those people who would like to help out without actually baking a cake yourself, you can now donate! All the money will be spent on ingredients to make cakes, allowing the bakers to make more cakes for more children.

Corporate gifts and marketing ideas

Are you looking for an interesting way to market your business? Would you like to give gifts to your customers that will keep you in their mind? Why not use branded biscuits or cupcakes to make you and your company memorable? Below are just a few examples of products that we have supplied with a logo on them – just think how great your logo would look!

capita corporate gift
A box of biscuits finished with icing and edible icing logos costs £24. They make great gifts for a team of people and are particularly good for project or product launches. We can also package these biscuits individually in cellophane bags for you to hand out at an event.
DB mini corporate cupcakes
Our mini cupcakes with logo are a great way of attracting people to your stall at a conference or event – everyone has sweets nowadays but branded cupcakes will make you very memorable. These also make a great gift in boxes of 24 for a team or office.
Femme fitness corporate cupcakes
These were made for a birthday celebration at a local gym in Watford. These cupcakes are topped with logos printed on rice paper.
Peace dove biscuits
These biscuits were produced for a multi-faith event. These biscuits are about the same size as a £2 coin and you would receive 50 in a box. The logo is printed onto edible rice paper then baked onto the top of the biscuits, which is perfect for those people who prefer less icing. Each box costs £24, so that’s only 48p per biscuit. These are great for larger corporate events or conferences and events where you would like to have something to give away.
Peace hospice corporate cupcakes
Another example of rice paper logos on a cupcake.

We can also package up your products in a range of ways and in colours to suit your brand. We are currently working with customers to incorporate their own marketing materials into a package with cupcakes or biscuits to deliver to their prospective clients. We can take care of all the packaging and assembly, so all you need to do is provide the marketing materials and we can take care of everything else. We can then deliver them either to you for distribution, or we can deliver them on your behalf to recipients of your choice.

If you would like to know more, please contact Jo on 07784967205 or jo@thedandelionbakery.com to discuss your requirements and a personalised quote.