I was desperate to find pearl sugar to make Liege waffles in my new waffle maker. It's just small pearl-like clusters of sugar that you can find on so many (French) pastries. I finally found some in my local supermarket on holidays. I jumped at the chance and I bought 2 boxes. Come to me, Liege waffles, sugar buns and Tropezienne pies !

Not having my waffle maker at that very moment but desperate to try my pearl sugar immediately, I thought I'd make chouquettes that derive their taste and consistency from this very pearl sugar. Chouquettes being a traditional pastry, I am always looking the perfect recipe. After looking at several recipes that didn't suit me, I found a great one, no further than on the back of the pearl sugar pack!

Chouquettes

Daddy (sugar brand) recipe – Pearl sugar

Prep: 25mins
Cooking: 20mins

For about 40 to 50 chouquettes

- 25cl water
– 125g plain flour
– 60g butter
– 1 pinch of salt
– 50g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 100g pearl sugar

Preheat oven to 180°C (Gas 4).

Prepare choux pastry: Put the water, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan on the fire. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the flour all at once. Mix with a wooden spoon and leave no lumps.

Put the pan over low heat and stir the paste, until it comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Let cool a few minutes and then carefully stir in the eggs 1 to 1.

Using a socket or a spoon, place the equivalent of one large teaspoon of dough on some parchment paper . Place the dough balls sufficiently spaced one from another to allow them to rise. Sprinkle the surface the dough balls with pearl sugar.

Bake in hot oven at 180°C for approximately 20 mins.

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