Choux pastry (pâte à choux)


Choux pastry (pâte à choux)
Choux pastry is used for making profiteroles, eclairs and other small pastries.
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Last modified on: March 2nd 2019

Keywords for this recipe:ChouxChoux pastryPastry
For 800 g, you will need:

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21 min.43 min.1 hour 4 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 3 min.
Choux pastry (pâte à choux) : Photo of step #1
Preheat oven to 220°C or 428°F.

whisk

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Pour 140 ml milk and 140 ml water into a pan, add 140 g butter, 4 g fine (or table) salt and 10 g caster sugar.

Stage 3 - 7 min.
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Heat on medium heat until butter is completely melted.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
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Remove pan from heat, and 140 g flour.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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Mix well with a spatula or a maryse, the choux dough will form a "ball".

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Put pan on low heat, and stir dough for one minute to dry it.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
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Pour the dough in a bowl.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Pour beaten eggs step by step...

Stage 9
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...and whisk to mix.

Stage 10
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Note:The more eggs you add, the more difficult the dough will be to mix. If you need to, you can use a spatula or a maryse instead of a whisk.

Stage 11
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Your choux pastry is ready.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
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Put a cooking parchment on a baking sheet.

Put choux pastry in a forcing bag.

Stage 13 - 5 min.
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Make choux with the forcing bag, in shape and size of your choice, here small round choux.

Don't forget that dough will rise and spread during cooking, so choux must not be too close together.

Stage 14
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If you're not easy with forcing bag, you may have unwanted small peaks on top of choux

Stage 15
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In this case, flat the peak using a teaspoon soaked in milk...

Stage 16
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...to get a well rounded top.

Stage 17
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Other solution, use craquelin (sweet cracker dough) which give a real professional look.

Stage 18 - 30 min.
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Put il the oven for about 30 minutes.

Remove choux from the oven as soon as they are browned.

Note: Don't open the oven door during cooking, because the drop in temperature will make your choux collapse.

Leave to cool on a wire rack
Remarks
According to whether the choux pastry will be used for a sweet or savoury recipe, you can double the quantity of sugar or salt to accentuate the taste. For example: you want to make sweet cream puffs, make this recipe with 2 g salt and 5 g sugar, for salted cream puffs (with bechamel sauce for example) use 2 g sugar and 5 g salt.
Keeping
Choux pastry cooked: several hours.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,678 Kcal or 11,212 Kj54 gr235 gr207 gr
134 %21 %22 %31 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
269 Kcal or 1,126 Kj5 gr24 gr21 gr
13 %2 %2 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 800 g : 2.58 €

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Source
Home made, but after Gaston Lenôtre.
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