Profiteroles, a classic French dessert, can easily be prepared in advance and frozen, both before and after baking. Profiteroles are made with choux pastry, a type of pastelike dough cooked on the stovetop and baked into small, bite-size pastry rounds. The pastry is split in half and filled with ice cream, pastry cream or whipped cream, then traditionally drizzled with a chocolate sauce. Freezing the prepared, but unbaked, dough ahead of time makes assembling fresh profiteroles fast and easy. However, you can also freeze assembled profiteroles filled with ice cream, thawing them just before serving.
Things You'll Need
- Prepared choux pastry dough
- Pastry bag
- Resealable freezer bags
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Freezer-safe container
- Ice cream, pasty cream or whipped cream
- Plastic wrap
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Freezing Before Baking
Pour the prepared choux pastry dough into a pastry bag with a fitted tip. If you don't have a pastry bag, you can put it in a large resealable freezer bag and snip off the tip of one corner of the bag.
Pipe out equal-sized mounds of dough, roughly 1 to 2 inches in size, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space them out so they are at least 2 inches apart. Tap down the peaks on each mound of dough, which form from piping, to prevent them from burning before the rest of the profiterole bakes.
Place the sheet of profiterole dough in the freezer and allow them to freeze completely. Remove them from the baking sheet and store in an airtight container in layers, with a sheet of freezer paper or parchment paper between each layer, until you are ready to bake the dough. You can freeze them for up to 2 months, but they are best when baked as close to fresh as possible.
Freezing Assembled Profiteroles
Split baked and cooled profiterole pastries in half and fill with a scoop of ice cream, pastry cream or stabilized whipped cream. Work quickly when working with ice cream to keep it from melting.
Place the assembled profiteroles on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until pastry and filling are frozen solid.
Wrap each frozen profiterole carefully in plastic wrap and return to the freezer, storing them in a large, airtight container. When you are ready to serve them, let them sit at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving and drizzle with a warm chocolate sauce. Serve assembled and frozen profiteroles within 3 to 5 days to enjoy them at their best.