Rum & Raisin Profiterole Wreath
PREP: 40 MINS | COOK: 40 MINS | MAKES: 24
To make the custard, combine raisins and rum in a small bowl and allow to soak for 10 mins. Drain and roughly chop the raisins.
Combine milk, cream and vanilla in a medium sized, heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Not letting the milk come to a boil, stir until warmed.
In a separate bowl combine egg yolks and sugar, whisk until mixed then add flour and whisk to incorporate.
Gradually add the egg mixture to the milk, whisking over a medium heat, until it is all added and incorporated. The custard will thicken, continue to whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before stirring through the soaked raisins.
To make the choux pastry, preheat oven to 190ºC (170ºC fan). Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
In a medium saucepan, combine butter and sugar with 250ml water. Stir over a medium-high heat until the water begins to boil and the butter has melted. Remove pan from the heat, add the flour and use a wooden spoon to vigorously mix to combine. The mixture will begin to resemble a dough – return pan to medium heat and cook for a further 1-3 mins, stirring, until you notice the dough pulling away from the sides of the pan. Spoon the dough into a bowl of a stand mixer and allow to cool slightly (10 mins).
Fit the stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Add vanilla bean paste and 1 egg and whisk until just combined. Repeat with remaining eggs until your dough is glossy.
Transfer the mixture to a large piping bag fitted with large, round, open tip. Spray the surface of the baking paper with a fine mist of water.
Pipe 12 rounds, evenly spaced, onto each prepared tray. Bake for 30-40 mins, ensuring the oven door stays closed for the first 25 mins, until the pastries are puffed and golden. In the final 5 mins, prick the base of the pastries with a toothpick and return to the oven to dry out.
Turn off the oven and open the door, allow pastries to cool completely in the oven.
Once the pastries are cool dip in melted chocolate (white and dark) and rest on a baking rack until chocolate sets.
Pipe each profiterole with the rum and raisin custard. Arrange in a wreath shape on a large, round serving platter. Decorate with cherries, raspberries and mint leaves. Generously drizzle with chocolate sauce to serve.