Basic Pate A Choux
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Basic Pate A Choux
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:58:57 AM. Recipe ID 21822. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Basic pate a choux
 Categories: Hot
      Yield: 4 Servings
      1 c  Water or milk
    1/2 c  Butter (4 tablespoons)
    1/2 ts Salt
      1 tb Sugar if making a sweet
      1 c  Flour
      4    Eggs (1 cup)
  Place liquid, butter, salt and sugar, if using, in a medium saucepan
  and bring slowly to a simmer. Turn off heat and add the flour all at
  once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until it forms a ball.
  Return to medium heat to dry the paste so it will have the maximum
  puffing ability: turn the ball around in the pan, pressing it against
  the sides and flipping it over, until butter starts oozing out and
  the paste no longer sticks to your fingers. Remove from heat and let
  cool a bit. Turn the paste into a medium bowl or the bowl of an
  electric mixer fitted with a paddle and beat in the eggs, one at a
  time, with a wooden spoon or the paddle. Each time you add an egg,
  the mixture will become slippery and messy but will then come
  together, at which point you can add the next egg.
  Load mixture into pastry bag with a round tip (1/2 or 1-inch
  depending on size puff desired) and pipe out as required. It will
  give the fullest puff if used right away but can be held for several
  Basic proportions for Pate a Choux are 1:1:1:1/2, or 1 cup liquid, 1
  cup flour:1 cup egg:1/2 cup butter. Water makes choux more crisp,
  milk makes them more tender,
  Puffs expand when cooked as water in batter turns to steam and
  explodes the dough.
  Pate a choux is an extremely versatile pastry that can be the base of
  many sweet and savory dishes. It can take many forms: be poached as
  gnocchi, baked to form hollow puffy balls that can be filled with
  various things, or fried as fritters and sprinkled with sugar. It is
  neutral in flavor so is adaptable to any cuisine.

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Recipe ID 21822 (Apr 03, 2005)

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