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Puits d'amour

Puits d'amour

This delicious little cake's charming French name means "well of love". It is made up of layers of puff and choux pastry, assembled with a light caramel and filled with vanilla confectioner's custard.

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Last modified on: August 23th 2015

For 6 pieces, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
58 min.45 min.1 hour 43 min.
Preservation: An hour or two, not much longer.
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Step by step recipe

1 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #1Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Roll out the puff pastry thinly, cut out circles 6 cm (2 inches) in diameter and put these on a baking sheet.

Prick all over with a fork, then lay a second baking sheet or wire rack on top to prevent them puffing up too much.
5 min.
2 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #2Bake for about 15 minutes, until nicely browned.

Set aside.

Turn the oven down to 360°F (180°C).
15 min.
3 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #3Place a sheet of cooking parchment on a baking sheet and draw circles 6 cm (2 inches) in diameter.

A cutter of the right size is ideal for this.
5 min.
4 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #4Cover the sheet, but be sure to leave space between the circles.
5 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #5Turn the sheet over and pipe rings, using a forcing bag with a size 6 nozzle, over the circles you have drawn. 10 min.
6 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #6Tidy up the circles if necessary by pushing the choux pastry into place with a small spoon dipped in milk. 3 min.
7 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #7Bake for around 20 minutes, until golden. 20 min.
8 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #8Prepare a light caramel with 150 g caster sugar. Stand the caramel pan on a folded cloth within easy reach. 10 min.
9 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #9Begin assembling the puits d'amour: place a circle of puff pastry in front of you (tip: work on a sheet of cooking parchment; then, if the caramel runs over the edge, it won't stick).
10 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #10Dip a choux-pastry ring into the caramel (use tongs if you can to make this easier).
11 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #11And stick this quickly onto the puff pastry.
12 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #12Do this with another ring and stick it on top of the first one...
13 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #13...then add a third and final ring.
14 You can see how to do it in this short video.

Build all your puits d'amour "wells" like this.
30 min.
15 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #15Finish by filling the wells with confectioner's custard. 5 min.
16 Puits d'amour : Photo of step #16Refrigerate until needed, but do not serve too cold.

Remarks

Puits d'amour do not keep. To eat them at their best, while they still have both crisp and soft textures, they should be eaten the day they are made, ideally within 2 hours.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
255848 gr305 gr128 gr
128 %18 %29 %19 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2845 gr34 gr14 gr
14 %2 %3 %2 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4268 gr50 gr21 gr
21 %3 %5 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 pieces : 2.74 €
Per piece : 0.46 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: After Gaston Lenôtre.
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