Murray’s Championship Caramel Choux Pastry Balls!


We run in to the flat and flip open the laptop. The final is on, Murray is one match away from making history as the first Brit in 77 years to win Wimbledon. Having had the great opportunity to watch Murray on his way to winning Olympic gold at Wimbledon last year shortly before moving to Kenya, we feel an affinity to Andy and were desperate to see him win. We log on to stream the game, the internet eventually kicks in, the first set has just started, our hearts are racing… Everything blacks out! The power has gone and it seems to have taken the mobile mast out in the process. We try everything but all our lines of communication are cut. History could be in the making and we have no idea what is going on. We can’t even get text messages to send to find out the score.

Two hours later the power comes back on, we crowd around the lap top. Unbelievably, Murray is 2 sets up and a break up in the third! Then, as often happens when we watch Murray, he loses 4 games in a row and we seriously contemplate cutting the power again to stop this bad run. In disbelief we watch Murray plough it back to move 5-4 up and serving for the match. Lucas starts shouting, it appears he appreciates the importance of what could be happening. He moves in front of the laptop screen stepping from foot to foot in what has become his familiar “poo coming dance”. His timing is impeccable! As Murray moves 30-0 up, Lucas squeezes one out with his back to the screen. Hopefully no one will ask him where he was when Murray won Wimbledon! As the game reaches an immense climax we jump around in celebration.

Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 19.43.48

Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 19.44.10

If Andy Murray can win Wimbledon then we can make crème pâtissière,and the team have been asking for more choux pastry balls with caramel so these seemed an obvious choice to celebrate with Andy Murray.  Awesome game!

Recipe – Murray’s Championship Choux Pastry Balls


Choux pastry: See previous blog.

Crème pâtissière:

6 egg yolks

140g castor sugar

50g plain flour sieved

500g milk

1tsp vanilla extract


1. Whisk the egg yolks, half the sugar and flour in a mixing bowl.

2. Into a saucepan put the remaining flour, milk and vanilla, heat gently until the first bubbles appear and remove from the heat.

3. Whisk 1/3 of the milk mixture into the egg mixture, then add the remaining 2/3 and whisk again.

4. Pour all of the mixture into the pan and bring to the boil stirring constantly, the reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes to cook the flour, continue to stir constantly.  Pour into a dish to cool.

Tennis ball assembly:

1. Make a small cut in the side of each choux ball with a caramel base and either use a piping bag or teaspoon to fill with crème pâtissière.

2. Stick the caramel sides together and use masking tape to make a tennis court on any green material!

3. I made the net part by accident  whilst playing with the left over caramel whilst it was still hot!

Teachers are on strike so we have plenty of visitors at today’s examination centre


Sous chef extraordinaire prepares some tomatoes 


Lucas playing tractor with his friend


A night away with our close friends