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Santa Choux Pastry with Hazelnut Mousse Filling

At age one, I was very scared of Santa.   I can’t remember actually crying but pictures don’t lie – and there I am, in the little red outfit, with my mouth wide open, howling as any baby would if you put them infront of a strange pudgy man with a red suit and a long white beard!  And it wasn’t just me… my sister looks pretty terrified too – don’t you think?

Santa's worst photo shoot ever...

And the next year, the same thing happened…

Santa's second worst photo shoot ever!

It was only around age 3 and 4 that I realized how GREAT  Santa was.  He was the jolly man in the red suit who would give me presents if I was good! Oh yes sure, he saw me when I was sleeping, he knew when I was awake, he knew if I’d been bad or good and so I was usually good for goodness sake!

Every year my siblings and I would write Santa a letter of all the things we wanted for Christmas.  At age five or so, I remember my lists being pretty extensive and I would have to ask my eldest sister to help me write it out.  The letters would always begin with some summary of how good or bad I was the during the year.  Of course I would always emphasize the good and the bad stuff was always watered down.   There was one year  I can still recall my obsession with Hello Kitty and I had a Dear Santa letter that was a page long asking for everything hello kitty from shoes, a bag, a doll to a cooking set (yes I loved to cook even then!).  Every 24th of December my Mom would ask all of us kids to take an afternoon nap and a few hours later we would all wake up and beneath the tree were the presents we had asked for!  Of course we never really took naps – we were always too excited to see what Santa would bring this year!  So we’d just close our eyes and wait until my Mom finally told us we could have a look at the tree.

As a child, it was something I always looked forward to!

When I was ten, I was in love with a little doll I had “adopted” – her name was Patricia and she was a Cabbage Patch Doll.  I remember asking Santa for everything Cabbage Patch so that I could take care of Patricia in true Cabbage Patch style.  I asked for a swing set, a tea party set and a new dress for her.

A few days before Christmas I was looking for Patricia’s little shoe and for some reason I thought my Mom had kept it.  I looked all around her room but could not find it.  I thought it must be in her shoe closet so I went to her dressing room and of all the things to find – the Cabbage Patch swing set! What was the swing set doing in my Mom’s dressing room?

And that’s when I knew… When did you find out?

He knows if you've been bad or good - so be good for goodness sake!

I’ve made some choux pastry and filled them with a rich hazelnut mousse  in the form of Santa – for  whom this post is dedicated to.  May he always bring out the child in everyone…

Recipe (Adapted from  Balthazar Cookbook)

  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 grams butter
  • 5 grams salt
  • 5 grams sugar
  • 140 grams flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  1. Pre heat the oven to 170c (fan forced)
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, butter, sugar and salt with 1.2 cup water and bring to a boil.  Add the sifted flour and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.
  3. Continue stirring over medium heat for around 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the dough into a bowl of a standing mixer.  Stir at a low speed for a few minutes to lower the temperature of the dough.  Increase the speed to medium and then add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Mix until a smooth, cool dough forms, about 5 minutes.
  6. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a # 9 tip, with the dough, or use a spoon to form small puffs, about 3 cm in diameter, and another around 5 cm in diameter on parchment paper or silpat.
  7. Brush the puffs with some beaten egg yolk and transfer to the oven.  Bake for 30 minutes to 40 minutes until golden brown.  Cool the puffs on a wire rack.
  8. To fill, make a hole using the tip of a very small piping nozzle and fill with your choice of filling (hazelnut mousse recipe here).

Red Icing Recipe

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • a few drops of red food colouring
  1. Mix the icing sugar, milk and red food colouring together and use to dip the baked choux pastry.

Hazelnut Mousse Recipe – see link.

To Assemble

Lay a coloured smaller dough on top of the larged colored dough.  Pipe with some whipped cream using a star nozzle in between the two doughs as if to form a collar.  Top with some more whipped cream to form Santa’s hat.

Santa Choux Pastry

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