Once you've mastered choux pastry using our step-by-step guide, this French patisserie-style dessert will be a breeze
- 100g plain flour
- 50g butter, chopped into small cubes
- 4 tbsp each milk and water
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- pinch salt
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 200g fresh or frozen raspberry
- 3 tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 200ml double cream
- 150g white chocolate
- 50g shelled pistachio, fairly finely chopped
MethodTo make the choux pastry, sift the flour onto a large sheet of baking parchment. This will stop lumps of flour forming in the dough. Put the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a pan, and heat gently until the butter has completely melted. Only once the butter has melted, increase the heat and bring the liquid to the boil. When bubbling, remove quickly from the heat and tip in the flour all at once. Immediately beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough that leaves the side of the pan clean. Return to a low heat, stirring, for 1 min. Remove from the heat. Cool for 3 mins. Gradually add the beaten egg to the dough, beating well between each addition, until the dough is smooth and glossy.
- 200g pack shortbread biscuits
- 50g butter, melted
- 7 ripe apricots
- 2 sheets leaf gelatine
- 300g white chocolate, plus extra to decorate
- 300ml pot double cream
- 250g pack light soft cheese, such as Philadelphia Light
- 85g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- Break biscuits into the food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Brush a little butter over the base and sides of a deep 20cm flan tin. Stir the remaining butter into the crumbs. Spoon into the flan tin, then press over the base and sides. Chill while you make the filling.
- Stone and chop 3 of the apricots into small chunks. Put the gelatine in a bowl, cover with cold water, then leave to soften for 10 mins. Break up chocolate and put in a heatproof bowl with 100ml of the double cream. Stand over a pan of simmering water, then leave until melted, stirring occasionally. Squeeze water out of the gelatine, then stir into chocolate mix. Take off the heat and stir until dissolved. Beat the soft cheese and sugar together. Whisk remaining cream until stiff, then fold into the cheese. Fold in the chocolate, followed by the chopped apricots. Pour into the prepared tin and chill for at least 4 hrs or overnight.
- Line a grill pan with foil. Cut remaining apricots into quarters, then place on the foil, cut-sides up. Dust with icing sugar and grill for a few mins until lightly browned. Cool, then arrange over the top. Shave some white chocolate curls, then pile up in the centre of the cheesecake and serve.
- 150g dark chocolate, at least 60% cocoa solids
- 1 quantity meringue
- 1 portion pâté à bombe
- 1 tbsp cassis or brandy
- 142ml pot double cream
- 50g shelled pistachio, toasted, then roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp grated dark chocolate, to serve
- Break up and melt the chocolate, either in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water or for 2-3 mins in a microwave. Stir until smooth, then cool. Use 6 egg whites for two batches of merinuge. The leftover whites freeze well; simply thaw before whisking. Fold the cooled chocolate into the meringue, followed by the pâté à bombe and cassis or brandy.
- Whip the cream into soft peaks and fold in with most of the pistachios. Pipe or spoon into 6 elegant glasses, sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and grated chocolate, then chill.
- 100g butter, softened
- 100g soft, light brown sugar
- 100g self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp milk
- 85g white chocolate drops
- 300g pack frozen mixed berry
- icing sugar and custard, to serve
- Lightly butter a 1-litre microwavable gratin dish or a 20cm microwave cake dish. Beat together the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and milk with an electric hand whisk for 2-3 mins, until light and fluffy.
- Fold through the white chocolate and most of the berries, pour into the dish, then microwave on High for 10-12 mins, until set and dry on top. Leave to stand for 5 mins, before dusting with icing sugar and serving with the reserved berries and custard.