Choux with craquelin

Laurian's Mini Choux Buns

Laurian Veadour's mini choux buns can be filled with creme patissiere, cream or butter cream. The craquelin mixture helps the choux bun rise beautifully and keeps the shape uniform. They are cooked slowly to dry out perfectly.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword choux bun, eclair
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 buns
Author Laurian Veaudour



  • 100 gr demerara sugar for the Craquelin
  • 100 gr plain flour for the Craquelin
  • 2 gr salt for the Craquelin
  • 80 gr unsalted butter cut into small cubes for the Craquelin
  • 125 ml water for the Choux
  • 125 ml whole milk
  • 125 gr unsalted butter
  • 3 gr salt
  • 125 gr plain flour sieved
  • 5 medium eggs you may only use 4 depending on size


  • Craquelin
    Put all the craquelin ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until you form a dough
  • Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking parchment until it is 2-3 cm thick
    Roll out the craquelin mixture
  • Place in a fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Pre heat your oven to 130°C when you are ready to make the choux pastry.
  • Choux Pastry
    Put the water, milk butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to the boil.
  • As soon as the mixture starts to boil, add all the flour at once.
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix the mixture well (you'll need to work hard at this) Cook until the mixture comes together in a very thick paste
    Cook until the mixture thickens
  • Put into the bowl of a stand mixer and start on a low speed. Add the eggs a little at a time, until the mixture becomes silky and smooth and a V shape forms as you pull out the mixing blade. (I used 4 1/2 eggs) Scrape down the sides to ensure everything is mixed.
    Mixing in the eggs
  • Place the mixture in a piping bag. Don't overload as it will make it harder to control
    Pipe the choux buns
  • Pipe the choux in small circles (about 35 cm) with a size 10 nozzle. Place a piece of craquelin on top.
    Place disks of craquelin on top
  • Bake at 150°C for 1 hour. Do not open the oven for the first 45 minutes. Cool and fill with your chosen filling
    My version of Laurian's choux bun