When I was in Ho Chi Minh City last week, I checked out some of the amazing French cafes there. One of the pastries I chanced upon were these cute, amazing, and utterly delicious chouquettes, which are practically French cream puffs, or choux pastry with sugar sprinkled on top of the puffs.
These chouquettes are absolutely delightful with a cup of coffee or tea. Every bite reveals pillowy, light and eggy interior of the pastry, and the sugars on top add a tint of sweetness. They are especially good with a cup of Vietnamese coffee, which is stronger with a slight bitter taste. I simply love the combinations.
As soon as I am home, I Googled and found David Lebovitz’s recipe. I just had to make them to go with the Vietnamese coffee beans that I brought back from Ho Chi Minh City.
David’s recipe calls for pearl sugar, which is not easy to find at regular supermarkets. They can be purchased online at Amazon but I opted for an easy adaptation.
I used Cupcake Pearls which you can get easily at any stores. They are not as sweet but they work just fine on the chouquettes. Please do buy the pearl sugar for the most authentic chouquettes, but my revised recipe will work just fine.
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