Chocolate puff tower

Chocolate puff tower

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“This will be my sweet surprise this Christmas, which is also my son Jack’s birthday – I’ll just have to add sparklers!” – Abigail Donnelly


  • For the choux pastry:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 230 g butter
  • 2 t caster sugar
  • 280 g flour
  • 10 free-range eggs
  • For the fudge sauce:
  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g treacle sugar
  • 6 T cream
  • For the chocolate sauce:
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 x 250 g packet Woolworths dark chocolate drops
  • For the chocolate curls:
  • 2 x 100 g slabs good-quality dark chocolate, melted

Cooking Instructions

1. To make the choux buns, preheat the oven to 220°C. Heat the milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat. Do not boil; this will lose moisture.

2. Whisk in the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Allow to cool slightly, then beat in the eggs.

3. Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking tray. Wet your hands and flick water over the puffs – this will make steam and help them rise. Bake for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the oven and leave the choux buns inside for 10 minutes.

5. To make the fudge sauce, place all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened.

6. To make the chocolate sauce, gently heat the cream in a saucepan, then whisk in the chocolate until smooth.

7. To make the chocolate curls, spread the melted chocolate over the back of a baking tray or onto a silicone baking mat and leave to set. Run the back of a knife down the hard chocolate to create curls.

8. To assemble the tower, pile the puffs onto a serving platter, drizzle over the sauces and decorate with the chocolate curls.

Cook's note: Don't want to make the choc curls? Simply crumble Flake chocolate bars over the tower instead

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Photographs: Jan Ras
Food assistants: Emma Nkunzana and Nicola Naude

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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