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Choux Pastry Swans a French Baker’s Challenge

Originating in 1540, choux pastry is used to make countless French pastries. This type of pastry has the ability to form a number of different shapes – even swans! Choux Pastry Swans an incredibly beautiful option to make for any occasion. They are delicate and elegant, with a retro flair that comes from the commonality of seeing these edible swans on tables all over the world in the 1970s. You can serve these with some sweet berries for a delicious and beautiful way to spice up your dessert!

Swan Shaped Choux Cygnes

Choux Cygne (Swan Choux)

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Composed of choux pastry and vanilla cream, these delicate treats will almost look too good to eat. They are sure to impress your guests and are a great way to display your choux pastry skills. While the creation of the elegant swan neck will require a delicate hand, you will definitely be left with a sense of accomplishment when the pastry is finished.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 8 swans


For the Pastry

  • 250 ml Water
  • 3 g Salt
  • 7 g Sugar
  • 125 g Butter
  • 150 g Flour
  • 4 eggs + 1 yolk for the gilding

For the Vanilla Cream

  • 750 ml milk, whole
  • 120 g Sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 90 g Cornflour
  • Vanilla Bean

For the Décor

  • powdered sugar for garnish


For the Vanilla Cream:

  • Cut 1 vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds.
  • In a saucepan, mix in the cornflour, powdered sugar, and whole milk, mixing with a whisk.
  • Then, add in the rest of the vanilla bean and seeds and bring the mixture to a boil as you whisk.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and the powdered sugar for 3 minutes. Lightly moisten with a bit of milk, while continuing to whisk.
  • Place the mixture into a saucepan and mix. Remove it from the heat as soon as it boils.
  • Remove the vanilla bean, pour the cream into a bowl, and place the bowl into a larger container filled with ice cubes.
  • When the cream becomes lukewarm (50°C - 120°F), incorporate the butter and whisk vigorously.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

For the Choux Pastry:

  • In a saucepan, add the water, salt, sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, remove it from the heat, and add the sifted flour.
  • Next, put the saucepan back on the heat, and stir well for several minutes, stopping when you obtain a homogenous dough.
  • Then, remove from the heat, and incorporate the eggs, one by one.
  • Cover two baking sheets and scoop the mixture into a piping bag with a round nozzle.
  • To make the swans, on the baking sheets, pipe an éclair, as wide as 7 to 8 cm for the body. On the other sheet, for the neck and head of the swan, pipe an “S” shape with a smaller nozzle about 7 to 8 cm long but not larger than the body.
  • Then, with a brush, glaze them with the egg, and place the sheets in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • When done, remove them from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  • Once they are cooked and cooled, cut open the swan's body lengthwise (to about 2/3 height) and fill the body with pastry cream using the piping bag.
  • Next, cut the top of the body in half to create swan wings, but leave a few centimetres in the front to attach the neck and head. Pipe in the vanilla cream, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Keyword Choux Pastry, Pastry, Pastry Cream, Vanilla
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Agnes Virginie

Agnes Virginie

Agnes was raised near Bordeaux but has worked in Dublin and Sydney for nearly 15 years. She started her career in client communication and professional coaching.

Residing in France since 2014, she’s the founder of French with Agnes, a top-ranked French tutoring school. As a certified teacher of French, Agnes offers personalized French lessons (online, conversation, business, intensive) to all levels. Her French students come from over 20 different countries, with ages ranging from 17 to 72, so no one day is the same!

Passionate about intercultural connections, Agnes organizes tailored French classes in a supportive and engaging environment. She loves to share her knowledge of the French language and culture both virtually and in-person. You will also get helpful resources to be inspired and progress in French on her blog.

When she is not teaching, you can find Agnes cycling, hiking and travelling around the world. She also enjoys baking delicious French pastries and cakes, sharing her dad’s (a former baker) secret recipes.

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