It’s Mardi Gras ~ Oreillettes, a traditional french pastry

Hey Guys, it’s Mardi Gras ! A traditional way to celebrate Mardi Gras (besides the famous carnaval)  is to to eat “Oreillettes“. It is a traditional pastry from the south of France with a sweet orange flower taste. Hope you will enjoy !

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of orange blossom water
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Methods:

1 . In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, eggs, orange blossom, baking powder and canola oil. Slowly add the flour into the mixture.

2 . Mix until you have a firm rough dough.

3 . Roll out the dough (on a flat, floured surface) as thinly as possible (about 2 mm) in a somewhat rectangular shape. This should be fairly easy as the dough should be elastic and moist.

4 . Cut out stripes about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wide. Divide the stripes into smaller rectangles, approximately 4″ long and with a knife, make a 1 1/2″ long slit in the center of each rectangle, lengthwise.

5 . Heat the oil in a frying pan (oil should be about 1″ or 1 1/2″ deep) until boiling hot. Place a few of your small rectangle of dough in it, making sure they don’t touch each other. Flip once, after only a few seconds, then wait a few seconds longer.

6 . Take out as soon as the oreillettes have a nice golden color. Drain on paper towels placed in a plate.

7 . Once all the oreillettes are cooked, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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French Sugar Puffs ~ Chouquettes

Hello everyone,

Chouquettes are little sugar puffs of choux pastry, sprinkled with pearl sugar. Making the dough is simple and chouquettes will be perfect as a snack.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  • 1/2 cup (125g) of butter
  • 1 1/4 cup (150g) of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 eggs

1 . Preheat oven to 360ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 . Heat the  water, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. (Make sure it is not boiling!!). Remove from heat, and add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Return the pan over medium-low heat and keep stirring until the dough forms a smooth ball that pulls away from the sides of the pan.

3 . Let the dough cool for 3 minutes then whisk in 4 eggs, one at a time, until shiny and smooth. Whisk the last egg but only add half of it into the preparation.

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4. Use a piping bag fitted with a star tip to form small ball of batter.

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5 . Make sure you are spacing the dough enough to give them a little room to spread. Brush with egg left-over using a pastry brush and sprinkle the dough balls generously with pearl sugar. Bake for 20 minutes. Once it is cooked, slightly open the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. It will help to keep them fluffy. Enjoy !

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Pour la version française c’est par ici: Les Chouquettes