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

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Puits d'amour
Preheat 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.

Stage 2 - 15 min.
Puits d'amour
Bake for about 15 minutes, until nicely browned.

Set aside.

Turn the oven down to 360°F (180°C).

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Puits d'amour
Place 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.

Stage 4
Puits d'amour
Cover the sheet, but be sure to leave space between the circles.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Puits d'amour
Turn the sheet over and pipe rings, using a forcing bag with a size 6 nozzle, over the circles you have drawn.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Puits d'amour
Tidy up the circles if necessary by pushing the choux pastry into place with a small spoon dipped in milk.

Stage 7 - 20 min.
Puits d'amour
Bake for around 20 minutes, until golden.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
Puits d'amour
Prepare a light caramel with 150 g caster sugar. Stand the caramel pan on a folded cloth within easy reach.

Stage 9
Puits d'amour
Begin 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).

Stage 10
Puits d'amour
Dip a choux-pastry ring into the caramel (use tongs if you can to make this easier).

Stage 11
Puits d'amour
And stick this quickly onto the puff pastry.

Stage 12
Puits d'amour
Do this with another ring and stick it on top of the first one...

Stage 13
Puits d'amour
...then add a third and final ring.

Stage 14 - 30 min.
You can see how to do it in this short video.

Build all your puits d'amour "wells" like this.

Stage 15 - 5 min.
Puits d'amour
Finish by filling the wells with confectioner's custard.

Stage 16
Puits d'amour
Refrigerate until needed, but do not serve too cold.
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.
An hour or two, not much longer.
After Gaston Lenôtre.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,580 Kcal or 10,802 Kj297 gr1,503 gr989 gr
129 %114 %142 %150 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
287 Kcal or 1,202 Kj33 gr167 gr110 gr
14 %13 %16 %17 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
430 Kcal or 1,800 Kj50 gr251 gr165 gr
22 %19 %24 %25 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Sulfites, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 pieces : 2.81 €
  • Per piece : 0.47 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: St Tropez tart, Almond cream or frangipane, Paris-Brest, Diplomat cream, Strawberries with mint and cream, ... All
Choux pastry (pâte à choux)Choux pastry (pâte à choux): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Mini Mont-Blanc choux puffs, Profiteroles, Chouquettes, Paris-Brest, Pets de nonne, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Apricot jam with vanilla, Tarte à l'coloche, Little apple turnovers with almonds and raisins, Finger biscuits, Naan, ... All
Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée)Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Express apple tart, Small foie gras pasties, Cheese and tomato tart, Chicken and mushroom pie, Tart Tatin, ... All
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