About the author
A lawyer and MasterChef finalist on BBC TV, Hannah Miles has developed a second career as a cake maker and food writer. She is the author of The Gluten-free Baker, Cheesecake, Popcorn Treats, Milkshake Bar and Doughnuts, all published by RPS. She lives in Bedfordshire in the English countryside.
From the quintessential Chocolate Eclair, always a favorite in the pâtisserie shop window, to the delicate Green Matcha Cream Puffs—perfect for an elegant afternoon tea—and the impressive Gateaux St. Honore, this light-as-air buttery pastry offers so many options. Start with the Classics and enjoy Coffee Religieuse (so called because they are thought to look like nuns in their habits!), Vanilla Cream Puffs with Chantilly Cream and traditional Paris Brest praline rings (named after the Paris to Brest cycle ride and in the shape of a bicycle wheel). Fruity creations include Glazed Fruit Eclairs, Cherry Crumble Profiteroles and Strudel Cream Puffs, filled with a spiced apple purée and topped with crunchy caramel. Cream puffs make the perfect treat to sit prettily on a cake stand at a Fancy afternoon tea: try Violet Eclairs, Earl Grey Tea Buns and Heart Cream Puffs, bursting with a fluffy Marshmallow filling. Finally, Desserts include a range of recipes from the simple After Dinner Profiteroles, filled with mint ice cream and topped with dark chocolate, to the more elaborate Croquembouche—traditionally served at weddings in France but ideal for any celebration. When you explore all the cream puff possibilities, you’ll quickly find that these feather-light dainties are absolutely irresistible.