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

Keywords for this recipe:BakeryPastryChantilly creamPuff pastryChoux pastryCroquembouche
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2 hours 6 min.45 min.2 hours 51 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
Saint Honoré cake : Photo of step #1
Preheat 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).

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Cover 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.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Once 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...

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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...for a few minutes, until the top caramelizes (if necessary, finish this under the grill).

Leave to cool on a wire rack.


Stage 6 - 30 min.
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Prepare 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 .

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Flatten the points with a tea spoon dipped in milk to make the puffs nice and round.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
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Once the puffs are cooked, leave them to cool.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
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Prepare a light caramel with 200 g caster sugar.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
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Stand the pan of caramel on a folded cloth.

Stage 11
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Dip the rounded side of a choux puff into the caramel...

Stage 12
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And place on a baking sheet (covered with a sheet of cooking parchment), caramel side downwards.

Stage 13 - 40 min.
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Do this with all the puffs then put the caramel to keep hot.

Fill the puffs with confectioner's custard, without turning them over.

Stage 14
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Turn a filled puff the other way up, hold by the top (the set caramel side) and dip the bottom into the liquid caramel...

Stage 15
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Then 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.

Stage 16
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You can put a puff in the centre for added artistic effect if you wish.

Stage 17
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Fill the space with rosettes of whipped cream.

Stage 18
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You 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.

And to drink?

A sweet white wine, such as a Loupiac.
Keeping
A few hours in the fridge.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,917 Kcal or 12,213 Kj54 gr472 gr213 gr
146 %21 %44 %32 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
228 Kcal or 955 Kj4 gr37 gr17 gr
11 %2 %3 %3 %
% 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 1 Saint Honoré cake : 4.54 €

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Source
Home made.
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: Yvetot Douillons, Strawberry Verveine Tart , Paris-Brest, Pear verbena tarts, Peach and green tea 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: Chouquettes, Paris-Brest, Gougères, Profiteroles, Pets de nonne, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Blackberry and almond fondant tart, Little lemon biscuits, Citrus crunch, Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan, French Family Cake, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Key Lime Pie for Jeremy, Pear verbena tarts, Apple charlotte with toasted brioche, Millefeuille, Chouquettes, ... All
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