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

Keywords for this recipe:Small cakeChoux pastryCaramelConfectionner's custardPastry
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PreparationCookingStart to finish
58 min.45 min.1 hour 43 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #1
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 : Photo of step #2
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 : Photo of step #3
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 : Photo of step #4
Cover the sheet, but be sure to leave space between the circles.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #5
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 : Photo of step #6
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 : Photo of step #7
Bake for around 20 minutes, until golden.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #8
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 : Photo of step #9
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 : Photo of step #10
Dip a choux-pastry ring into the caramel (use tongs if you can to make this easier).

Stage 11
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #11
And stick this quickly onto the puff pastry.

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

Stage 13
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #13
...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 : Photo of step #15
Finish by filling the wells with confectioner's custard.

Stage 16
Puits d'amour : Photo of step #16
Refrigerate 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.
Keeping
An hour or two, not much longer.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,797 Kcal or 7,524 Kj42 gr344 gr143 gr
90 %16 %32 %22 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
200 Kcal or 837 Kj5 gr38 gr16 gr
10 %2 %4 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
300 Kcal or 1,256 Kj7 gr57 gr24 gr
15 %3 %5 %4 %
% 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).
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 pieces : 2.82 €
  • Per piece : 0.47 €

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Note : These prices are only approximate.
Source
After Gaston Lenôtre.
This recipe uses (among others)
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: Pets de nonne, Saint Honoré cake, Gougères, Chouquettes, Paris-Brest, ... All
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: Pains briochés aux raisins, St Tropez tart, Millefeuille, Pear verbena tarts, Strawberries with mint and cream, ... 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: Quick flaky pizza, Koulibiak in pie dish, Olive twists, Two-cheese quiche, Vol-au-vent cases, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Soft fruits in sabayon, Ciabatta, Pistachio panna cotta with custard, Cannelés, Nougatine, ... All
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