It’s been a very, very long journey for me to find any recipe that even approximates choux. Countless failed attempts, so much disappointment. I’ve tried egg-replacers but ended up with stodgy lumps. I’ve tried going totally off-piste with experimental combinations with disastrous slimy results. I was going to give up, maybe egg-free choux was simply out of my reach.
But then again there are so many fabulous creations that require choux, hence I have plugged away. I had visions of towers of profileroles and croquembouche, chocolate eclairs, St Honoré – this was the kind of patisserie that I trained in and really need to make friendly and accessible! The search continued…
Then I came across this recipe from a wonderful French blog called Veganwiz.fr.
And their idea is great – cook puff pastry in such a way that you force it to become a choux-type airy bun. Absolute genius! I know it isn’t quite the same as choux, the layers and they’re pretty crispy when they come out of the oven but in my opinion they’re a pretty good approximation. Once they’ve been filled and topped, the crunch turns soft, more like proper choux. Prepare yourselves for a run of friendly patisserie on the site. Watch this space!
Please note: This is not my recipe, all credit goes to Sauro Martella at Veganwiz.fr. Also, a warning: do not alter the method, temperatures or cooking times or the recipe will not work!
Egg-free Choux (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
To make 12 large buns
- 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
– Preheat the oven to 240-250 degrees centigrade (yes, really that hot)
– Line a muffin tray with paper cases
– Using a glass with a thickish rim (not a cookie cutter) cut out circles of pastry. You need the glass to in effect quash and fuse together the edges of the dough, making a seal so the middle can puff up to an airy little container. If you were to use a cookie cutter this would not happen as the layers would be sliced right through.
Place the circles on the top of the paper cases – gently push down in the middle a little but they must be mainly resting on the top
Place in the oven for 5 minutes until the circles have completely puffed up (keep a close eye on them as this is the crucial part)
Once they’ve puffed up, reduce the temperature to 150 degrees centigrade and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until golden brown
Remove from the tray and liners and cool on a wire rack.
fab idea for a fast dessert -love it. Can imagine these topped with strawberries and dusted with icing sugar #yum
How do you make puff pastry that is vegan?
Hi James, I usually buy jus-roll if I’m in a hurry. Basic puff (not the all butter kind) is usually vegan 🙂
Thanks for this, I’ve made these several times now. As there is no way (as yet) of making vegan choux pastry this is the next best thing – as I love chocolate eclairs ! Thanks
Awesome – so pleased you like the recipe. They’re definitely the best vegan alternative I’ve found 🙂
Hi have you considered trying aquafaba. I might work!
i have yet to try. let me know if you give it a go 🙂
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love cream puffs but I developed an egg allergy.l, and I can no longer eat them. I made these tonite and filled them with a vanilla cream. They are just like a cream puff.
Thank you for your message. I’m so pleased you like them 😊 it’s almost impossible to recreate choux without egg but these get as close as possible I think! 😀