Well, this question is a little nuanced to answer.
In theory, yes you can freeze profiteroles but only in part and it needs a lot more explanation. When it comes to the choux pastry and the chocolate elements of the profiteroles there is absolutely no reason not to freeze. Both of these freeze fairly well.
However, it becomes a little tricky when you get to the cream. The cream doesn’t tend to freeze well and it does change texture quite considerably when frozen. If you prepare your profiteroles fully you are likely to find that the cream inside has become grainy in texture.
The answer to this is to make and prepare the choux pastry, which is the most difficult part, and freeze those. Then when it comes time to use the profiteroles you can take out the choux pastry balls, defrost and then assemble with cream and chocolate as usual. This will save you a lot of time and effort in preparation and is well worth doing if you like to have profiteroles as a desert.
If you are wondering if you should freeze leftover profiteroles that are fully assembled then from a safety perspective you should be fine to do so but they may not taste as good because the texture of the cream is likely to have changed. You are better to eat up those leftovers. A great excuse to eat a few extra instead of letting them go to waste!
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing profiteroles:
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.
Can You 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 they would if you were freezing profiteroles.
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 of 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 wit fresh cream and chocolate.
Other Questions about Profiteroles
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to profiteroles – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about profiteroles then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Shop-Bought Profiteroles?
Shop-bought profiteroles will contain cream and, as you have guessed by now, the cream does not freeze well. You’ll find the texture completely off-putting when you come to eventually eat them. For this reason, we would not recommend freezing shop-bought profiteroles.