Choux caterpillar


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Choux paste

  • 60ml of whole milk
  • 60ml of water
  • 55g of unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 70g of plain flour
  • 3 small eggs, at room temperature


Avocado purée

To decorate

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the milk, water, butter, sugar, salt and paprika to the boil
  • 60ml of whole milk
  • 60ml of water
  • 55g of unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
Once boiling, add all the flour and reduce to a medium heat, stir the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon - the dough should come together very quickly
  • 70g of plain flour
Keep stirring vigorously for 2-3 minutes longer to dry out the dough. After this time it should be very soft and smooth
Transfer the dough to a large bowl. Add the eggs one by one, beating after each egg has been added to mix into the dough
The dough will separate but do not worry; by the time you have beaten in the third egg it should have come back together and will be thick and shiny
Fit a large piping bag with a 2cm nozzle. Fill with the choux pastry and pipe the dough onto the baking trays to around the size of a 10p coin, leaving a 4cm gap between each
Bake for 7 minutes or until the balls are lightly golden. Turn the oven off, but leave the pastry in the oven for a further 8 minutes. The balls should be puffed up and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Lay the mushrooms out on an oven tray, top side down
Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with the thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and sizzling. Remove and allow to cool
For the avocado purée, de-stone the avocado and scoop the flesh into a blender, adding the lemon juice, yoghurt, salt and pepper
Blend until smooth, then place into a piping bag and store in the fridge until required
To assemble the caterpillars, use a small-serrated knife to cut the top off the cooked dough balls. Pipe the avocado purée into each ball and set aside
On each plate, lay out 5 mushrooms in a row and top with the avocado filled balls. Place half a cherry tomato on each ball
Use the yellow pepper strips to make antennas and the coriander sprigs for the eyes. Repeat until all caterpillars are made then serve
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