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Pate a Choux for Two

The beautiful pate a choux aka cream puffs were invented in 1540 in Renaissance Italy.

The recipe for this delicious treat is a bit unusual since the mixture is cooked twice. It takes simple ingredients to make these cream puffs. The four main ingredients being flour, water, salt and butter. I used an easy recipe that gave me light puffy cream puffs with air pockets that are ready to accept delicious pastry fillings. I will share this recipe with you below. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly as they are written for the best product possible!

Makes 28 cream puffs


Ingredients:

1 cup of water

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 stick of butter

4 eggs

1 cup of all purpose flour


Directions:

Boil 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add one stick of butter to the water and melt together. Add salt and sugar to the water butter mixture. Wait for the mixture to come to boil before adding the flour. Take a wooden spoon (I like to use my silicon spoon) and mix the paste together for 2-3 minute until a film forms at the bottom of the pan.


Transfer your paste into a bowl and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes before adding the eggs. Add one egg at a time to the paste. Notice as you add the egg, the dough mixture separates and requires some elbow grease to quickly mix and bring the dough back together. After the dough comes back together, add another egg to the dough mixture. After adding the last egg to the mixture, look for a stiff peak in the dough with your spoon or your fingers.


Transfer the dough to a pastry bag with a 5/8 inch tip. Pipe out the dough onto a parchment sheet in 1 1/2 inch circles. When piping, once you get the size you need, make sure to swirl the tip to get you a less pointed cream puff top! Wet your fingertip and press down on the pointed top so it does not burn in the oven. Brush your cream puff with some egg wash so you get a golden brown color during the bake.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake these cream puffs for about 25-30 minutes. Do not open the oven while the cream puffs bake as they will flatten! Once your cream puffs are baked, you can fill them with pastry cream or chocolate as you please.



You can also experiment with filling these cream puffs with savory cheese as well. These make great party appetizers or house snacks. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. Let me know what you fill your fluffy cream puffs with!



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