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Orange Croquembouche Recipe | Great British Food Magazine

Orange Croquembouche

For a dazzling centrepiece worthy of any autumn party table, try your hand at this impressive choux confection.

    Ingredients

    For the choux buns

  • 375ml water
  • 150g butter, cubed
  • 175g plain flour
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • For the orange cream

  • 9 large egg yolks
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
  • 4 tbsps orange juice
  • 500ml full fat milk
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • For the decoration

  • 800g white chocolate
  • 200g pack Simply Melt Toffee Flavour, available from Lakeland
  • 100g milk chocolate, melted, to fix flakes down
  • 20 Flake bars, broken into pieces
  • Special kit

  • This recipe specifies a croquembouche mould, a cone that is used as the base of the structure. They are available from many online retailers.
    Method
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F and line 3 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  • To make the choux put the water and butter in a large pan, cover with clingfilm and bring to the boil. Remove the clingfilm (take care to avoid the steam) and quickly add all the flour. Remove the pan from the heat, beat mixture to a firm paste, stirring continuously. Transfer mix to a bowl and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition, until the mix is smooth, glossy and has a ribbon-like consistency when the spoon in lifted.
  • Spoon the mix into a piping bag with a plain 5mm nozzle. Pipe 75 small rounds onto the baking sheets, leaving enough spreading space between each. Dip a finger in cold water and flatten any peaks. Bake for approx. 20 minutes until risen and golden, turning the baking sheets after 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and pierce the base of each with a skewer to let steam escape. Return to the oven and cook for a further 3 minutes to dry out. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Make the orange cream; in a large bowl, beat the yolks, sugar, flour, zest and juice to make a smooth paste. Place the milk in a large pan, bring to the boil then immediately pour over the egg mixture, stirring well. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until thick and bubbling. Stir in the extract, transfer to a bowl, cover with clingfilm and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use. Using a piping bag, fill each bun with the cream.
  • To stack; break the white chocolate into a bowl then microwave on a medium heat, stirring frequently, until just melted. Using the croquembouche mould, dot a small amount of chocolate at the base on the outside of the cone, place a bun on this, then repeat around the base. Work up the cone, drizzling with chocolate and building up the buns until the cone is covered. To decorate; using a spoon, drizzle any remaining white chocolate over the stack. Melt the Simply Melt Buttons according to the packet instructions and drizzle over the croquembouche. Break the milk chocolate into a bowl then microwave on a medium heat, stirring frequently, until just melted. Using a teaspoon, dot the milk chocolate around the base to fix the flakes in place.
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