Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pate a Choux Puffs- Don't Bother Me!

I've always been afraid of Pate a Choux.

Pate a Choux is one of those gateway recipes. Like a gateway drug, it leads the baker to more intense recipes that can be addicting and time-consuming... I knew it was my time to try Pate a Choux.

You guys... it was EASY. It was so easy! From taking my ingredients out until putting the puffs into the oven took maybe 10 minutes, tops.

Not to mention they were perfect! They tasted like they came from a French Patisserie.

The best part of these puffs is that they're so versatile! You can fill them with the classic cream, but you can also fill them with things like chocolate mousse, Nutella, or even savory filling like cheese!

I used Martha Stewart's recipe. 

Pastry Puffs

Yield: about 60 medium-large puffs (small puffs can yield up to 100!)

1 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 tsp sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs

gallon ziplocks
1/4" or 1/2" plain round tip
silpat (or parchment paper)
filling tip (something to push into the baked puffs)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line two cookie sheets with silpat (or parchment paper). Set aside. 

2. Place butter, water, and sugar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 

3. Immediately remove from heat. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour. Continue to stir until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan, about one minute. Let it cool for three minutes. 

4. Add eggs, one at a time, and stir with a wooden spoon until each egg is fully incorporated. Cut the very tiny tip off of a gallon ziplock. Transfer the dough into the ziplock. 

 5. Pipe the dough into rounds about 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Wet your finger and smooth the pointy tops of the rounds.

6. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees fahrenheit and bake for 25 more minutes, or until golden. 

7. Fill puffs with the filling tip with either fresh whipped cream, chocolate mousse, Nutella, or anything you desire! I would love to experiment more with flavored whipped creams, like raspberry whipped cream. Top with powdered sugar or chocolate sauce. 

Yum... just yum. 

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