These chocolate profiteroles may take some extra concentration to make, but they are heavenly delicious!
- 110 gr (scant 1 cup) plain flour
- 1.5 ml salt
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 175 ml water
- 75 gr unsalted butter, cut into 6 equal pieces
- 3 eggs
- 750 ml vanilla ice cream
For the chocolate sauce
- 275 gr plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 120 ml warm water
Preheat oven to 200° C.
Grease a baking sheet.
Sift the flour, salt and nutmeg on to a sheet of greaseproof paper or foil.
Melt the chocolate with the water in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of barely simmering water.
Stir until smooth. Keep warm until ready to serve, or reheat when required.
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and butter to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients all at once, funneling them in from the paper or foil.
Beat with a wooden spoon for about 1 minute until well blended and the mixture starts to pull away from the pan, then set the pan over a low heat and cook the mixture for about 2 minutes, beating constantly.
Remove from the heat.
Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and set aside.
Add the whole eggs, one at a time, to the flour mixture, beating well after each addition.
Beat in just enough of the beaten egg to make a smooth, shiny dough.
It should pull away and fall slowly when ped from a spoon.
Using a tablespoon, ease the dough in 12 mounds on to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the puffs are golden brown.
Remove the puffs from the oven and cut a small slit in the side of each of them to release the steam.
Return the puffs to the oven, turn off the heat and leave them to dry out, with the oven door open.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften for about 10 minutes.
Split the profiteroles in half and put a small scoop of ice cream in each.
Pour the sauce over the profiteroles and serve at once.