Profiteroles can be tricky to make and prepare and are often the chosen dessert for special occasions and dinner parties.
With this in mind is there a way you can reduce the stress of preparing your profiteroles. Can you freeze profiteroles ahead of time and then grab them out of the freezer when you need them?
Profiteroles can be frozen for up to 3 months. However, they do not freeze well especially if they have been filled. We would recommend only freezing the choux part.
Can You Refreeze Profiteroles? No
Do Profiteroles Freeze Well? No
How To Freeze Profiteroles
As discussed earlier in this article you probably shouldn’t attempt to freeze your fully assembled profiteroles with the cream but we will talk about how you can successfully freeze the choux pastry itself in balls so that you can defrost the choux balls and defrost and make up your profiteroles freshly when you need.
- Prepare Your Choux Pastry
Make your choux pastry and pipe into balls as you normally would. Then bake them and allow them to cool completely. You can leave them on the baking tray and parchment to cool as this is also the best method to freeze them.
- Flash Freeze
Once your choux pastry balls have cooled then pop the baking tray into the freezer. The idea of this is to freeze them so that they aren’t touching and freeze individually so it makes it easier for them to separate out later.
- Bag Them Up
After a couple of hours in the freezer you can take the choux pastry out of the freezer and transfer them to the container or bag you will be freezing them in. You need to keep them as airtight and protected as possible so a container with an airtight lid works best.
Layer up the choux pastry balls with layers of parchment paper between each layer to keep them from getting stuck together and to keep them protected.
- Seal and Freeze
Seal the lid tightly or squeeze out any excess air from the freezer bag and seal. Then, place them back into the freezer until you need.
Then when you defrost you can pipe the cream into them and add chocolate as usual for a delicious dessert with half the work.
How to Freeze Eclairs
When it comes to preparing and freezing eclairs you need to use the same method outlined above.
This is because you can freeze the choux pastry in an eclair shape but we wouldn’t suggest you fully assemble with cream and then freeze. The cream will suffer the same taste and texture change as it would if you were freezing profiteroles.
3 Tips for Freezing Profiteroles
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing profiteroles to have the best results:
The cream element of profiteroles is one of the worst elements to freeze. If you’re going to freeze profiteroles then freeze them before filling them.
This might be a strange tip but because profiteroles do not freeze well then one of the best things you can do is not bother in the first place. They’ll keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Keep the Air Out
When storing the profiteroles, make sure your container is completely airtight otherwise the choux will dry out. If you’re not sure, then wrap the container in a sheet of cling film.
How Long Can You Freeze Profiteroles?
One of the best things about choux pastry is just how long you can freeze it successfully. You can make your choux pastry balls ready to assemble into profiteroles for up to three months.
This is plenty of time to use up your profiteroles and make ahead of time for when you need.
You Can Freeze Profiteroles for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Profiteroles?
The only way you should really thaw out your profiteroles is to do so in the fridge slowly. This is because you want the pastry to retain as much of its form, texture and flavour as possible and if you try and speed up the process then you run the risk of making the pastry rubbery or difficult to eat.
So, take out the amount of choux pastry you need from the freezer and pop them into the fridge to thaw out overnight. The next day you should be able to assemble with the rest of the ingredients and serve.
Can You Refreeze Profiteroles?
If you have thawed out your profiteroles then it isn’t recommended that you refreeze them again.
Choux pastry is a delicate type of pastry and it can suffer a little when frozen. If you’re considering refreezing then there is a chance that the profiteroles have already been fully assembled with cream and we would recommend that for best results you only freeze the choux pastry and not the cream.
We’ve written about the problems with freezing cream previously.
Do Profiteroles Freeze Well?
Profiteroles can be frozen fully made and assembled and could still be enjoyable but they don’t freeze well.
The cream changes in structure which can affect the taste of the whole dessert. However, you can freeze the choux pastry with success and then go on to enjoy your dessert made with fresh cream and chocolate.
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