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.
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.
Source
After Gaston Lenôtre.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
945 Kcal or 3,957 Kj45 gr353 gr149 gr
47 %17 %33 %23 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
105 Kcal or 440 Kj5 gr39 gr17 gr
5 %2 %4 %3 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
158 Kcal or 662 Kj8 gr59 gr25 gr
8 %3 %6 %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).
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: Pains briochés aux raisins, Raisin breads (pains aux raisins), Strawberry Verveine Tart , Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, Pear and lime meringue pie, ... 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: Pets de nonne, Gougères, Mini Mont-Blanc choux puffs, Paris-Brest, Chouquettes, ... 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: Smart plum tart, Mushroom tart, Little apple turnovers with almonds and raisins, Avocado "tarte fine", Ham spirals, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Apple custard tart, Little chocolate and hazelnut fondants, Fruit paste : Blackcurrant, Rice pudding (riz au lait), Apricot jam with vanilla, ... All
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