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Valay-Brest

Valay-Brest

A Valay-Brest is a mini eclair, filled with apple-flavoured confectioner's custard and topped with a rectangle of walnut nougatine.

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Last modified on: May 14th 2014

For 24 pieces, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
58 min.30 min.1 hour 28 min.
Preservation: An hour or two, not much longer.
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Step by step recipe

1 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #1Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Prepare 300 g Choux pastry (pâte à choux) and pipe the eclairs about 5-6 cm (2 inches) long using a forcing bag with a ridged nozzle, if possible.
20 min.
2 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #2Bake the mini eclairs. 15 min.
3 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #3When cold, cut in half lengthways. 5 min.
4 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #4Fill each "bottom" with apple-flavoured confectioner's custard. 5 min.
5 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #5Replace the "lid".

Fill all the eclairs like this and put to wait in the fridge.
5 min.
6 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #6Prepare the walnut nougatine: preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Spread 50 g walnut kernels on a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes in the oven. 5 min.
7 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #7When cooled, use a blender to grind the toasted walnuts to a powder. 5 min.
8 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #8Use 150 g caster sugar and 3 tablespoons water to make a light caramel. 10 min.
9 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #9Tip the ground walnuts into the caramel... 1 min.
10 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #10...and mix thoroughly.

Now you need to work as quickly as possible, because the nougatine will set rapidly as it cools.
1 min.
11 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #11Pour the nougatine out onto a sheet of cooking parchment. 1 min.
12 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #12Lay a second sheet on top and roll the nougatine out as thinly as possible with a rolling pin. 3 min.
13 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #13Use a large knife to cut the nougatine, or at least score it, into strips about 1 cm (0.3 inch) wide. 2 min.
14 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #14When cooled, cut the strips apart. 5 min.
15 Valay-Brest : Photo of step #15Stick these onto the tops of the eclairs with a little confectioner's custard.

Refrigerate until needed, but do not serve too cold.
5 min.

Remarks

It is not essential for the nougatine to be a rectangle exactly the size and shape of the eclair. On the contrary, the "deconstructed" look with pieces laid side by side can be attractive.

Some recipes insist that the caramel for the nougatine should be made "dry", i.e. without added water, but I don't think this is essential.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
267253 gr337 gr124 gr
134 %20 %32 %19 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3597 gr45 gr17 gr
18 %3 %4 %3 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1112 gr14 gr5 gr
6 %1 %1 %1 %
% 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 24 pieces : 3.04 €
Per piece : 0.13 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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