Saint Honore Cake Recipe?

Baking By gibson Updated 1 Jun 2007 , 8:36pm by thedessertdiva

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gibson Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 3:52pm
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HI All!

I am looking for the true recipe of a Saint Honore Cake? I was told it's Italian but when I search I get both French and Italian. I am looking for the Italian recipe I think....

I was told it has creme puffs on top and almost a philo pastry that's how it was described to me.

Any help would really be appreciated!



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JoAnnB Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 7:31pm
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It is French as far as I know. It is a very complex recipe requiring cream puffs, pastry cream, a base pastry, whipped cream

this is an old one from The Galloping Gourmet,,FOOD_9936_7732,00.html?rsrc=search

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miriel Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 7:35pm
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St. Honore is the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs. There is also the street Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris with very nice, fashionable shops. I think you might actually be looking for the French recipe...

I googled St. Honore cake and results showed it is also called a Ball cake or Susan cake. It consists of a roof of choux pastry filled with bavarian cream (sounds like cream puffs to me), layered with a white sponge cake and a rounded puff pastry bottom, surrounded by miniature profiteroles, also known as the balls of the cake, covered with chocolate, and topped with whipping cream.

Sorry I can't really help with a recipe as I have not made it but it sounds really tasty!

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thedessertdiva Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 8:36pm
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I found this recipe...have not made it, but boy it sounds quite yummy!

Saint Honore Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon superfine bakers sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons cold water

1 cup (8oz/236ml) water
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz/113g) unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs

ST. HONORE CREAM (pastry cream filling):
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups scalded milk
2 tablespoons orange liqueur or 2 tablespoons rum or brandy
4 egg whites
3/4 cup superfine bakers sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks

3/4 cup superfine bakers sugar
1/4 cup water

Mix all pastry ingredients together by hand or with food processor. Roll into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. Roll out to a 9 1/2-inch circle. Transfer to cookie sheet. Cut 9-inch circle with pastry wheel or sharp knife. Remove and discard excess. Prick circle well with fork. Refrigerate.

Combine water, butter, and salt in heavy saucepan. Boil. When butter is melted, add flour. Stir until mixture forms ball and follows your spoon. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well. Spoon into pastry bag without tip. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Remove pastry circle from refrigerator. Press paste onto edge of pastry circle to form 1-inch wide rim. Press remaining choux paste into 16 to 18 small cream puffs on same cookie sheet. Bake the circle and puffs 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 C). Bake 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and golden. Transfer to rack.

Combine egg yolks, sugar, and salt in heavy saucepan. Beat until mixture is pale yellow and smooth. Add flour. Stir until well blended. Add milk. Boil over medium heat, stir constantly. Simmer few seconds, and remove from heat. Add vanilla and liqueur (or rum or brandy). Cool. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture.

Put 1 to 1-1/2 cups cream into pastry bag with plain tube. Slit side of each puff with point of small knife. Pipe filling into puff.

Combine sugar and water in small heavy saucepan. Boil over medium heat. Cook until syrup turns amber in color. Dip bottom of cream puff into syrup. Place carefully onto the choux paste ring on pastry circle. Repeat until ring is covered. Pour remaining syrup onto puffs in a thread-like stream. Fill center of cake with remaining cream. Put cream puff in center, and drizzle with caramel.

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