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Saint Honoré cake

Saint Honoré cake

The Saint Honoré cake is a famous example of French patisserie. It consists of a puff pastry base surrounded by a ring of caramel-coated choux puffs and topped with whipped cream (Chantilly).

It is a bit tricky to make, but this recipe gives you all the hints you need.

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Last modified on: April 14th 2013

For 1 Saint Honoré cake, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
2 hours 6 min.45 min.2 hours 51 min.
Preservation: A few hours in the fridge
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Step by step recipe

1 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #1Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).

Cut a circle of puff pastry 26 cm (10 inches) in diameter and prick all over with a fork or pique-vite (pastry pricker).
10 min.
2 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #2Cover with cooking parchment, weigh this down with a wire rack (to prevent the pastry swelling up) and bake in the oven. You can also cook it between two baking sheets. 10 min.
3 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #3Once the pastry is starting to brown and is almost cooked, take it out of the oven and remove both the wire rack and the paper. Sprinkle icing sugar over the top and put it back in the oven... 3 min.
4 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #4...for a few minutes, until the top caramelizes (if necessary, finish this under the grill).

Leave to cool on a wire rack.
5 min.
5 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #5Prepare 350 g Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream). 36 min.
6 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #6Prepare 350 g Choux pastry (pâte à choux) and pipe in small heaps about 1.5 cm (3/4 inch) in diameter using a forcing bag . 30 min.
7 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #7Flatten the points with a tea spoon dipped in milk to make the puffs nice and round. 5 min.
8 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #8Once the puffs are cooked, leave them to cool. 20 min.
9 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #9Prepare a light caramel with 200 g caster sugar. 10 min.
10 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #10Stand the pan of caramel on a folded cloth. 2 min.
11 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #11Dip the rounded side of a choux puff into the caramel...
12 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #12And place on a baking sheet (covered with a sheet of cooking parchment), caramel side downwards.
13 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #13Do this with all the puffs then put the caramel to keep hot.

Fill the puffs with confectioner's custard, without turning them over.
40 min.
14 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #14Turn a filled puff the other way up, hold by the top (the set caramel side) and dip the bottom into the liquid caramel...
15 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #15Then stick this around the outside of the pastry circle and hold in place for a few seconds until the caramel sets.

Do this with the other puffs until you have completed the ring around the Saint Honoré.
16 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #16You can put a puff in the centre for added artistic effect if you wish.
17 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #17Fill the space with rosettes of whipped cream.
18 Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #18You can pipe small rosettes of cream around the outside, between the puffs, as a finishing touch.

Refrigerate before serving.

Remarks

This recipe needs a lot of work, so it is a good idea to be organised and to prepare the elements that can wait in advance, as far as possible: puff pastry circle, confectioner's custard and choux puffs (you can even fill these).

Once you keep to the basic principle (puff-pastry base, choux pastry around it and cream filling) you can vary this in many different ways: by changing the cream, for example. Give free rein to your imagination.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3681134 gr610 gr440 gr
184 %51 %58 %67 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
28810 gr48 gr34 gr
14 %4 %4 %5 %
% 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 1 Saint Honoré cake : 4.44 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A sweet white wine, such as a Loupiac.
Source: Home made.
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More recipes?

This recipe use (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: Fraisier (French strawberry cake), Puits d'amour, Pear and lime meringue pie, Chinois, Strawberry Verveine Tart , ... 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: Valay-Brest, Puits d'amour, Profiteroles, Pets de nonne, Paris-Brest, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Peach Melba, Millefeuille, Key Lime Pie for Jeremy, St Tropez tart, Quick Strawberry Millefeuille, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Meringues, Stewed apricots, Household cake (Gâteau de ménage), Pavlova, Coconut rocks, ... All

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