Pastry Puffs

Our simple, 4-step recipe turns a few basic ingredients into 40 large puffs in just 35 minutes. Check out our Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cream Puffs recipe.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment. In a small saucepan, bring water, butter, and sugar to a boil over high.

  2. Immediately remove from heat. With a wooden spoon, stir in all-purpose flour. Continue to stir until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, about 2 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes.

  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until batter comes together. Transfer batter to a large zip-top bag; twist and squeeze bag so batter is in one corner. With scissors, snip a 1/2-inch opening in corner (or use a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch round plain tip).

  4. Pipe batter into desired size mounds, 1 inch apart, onto sheets. With a wet finger, smooth pointy tops. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until puffs are golden brown and feel light and hollow inside, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Variations

Try these variations for unique and tasty sweet treats:

Coat in caramel sauce and sprinkle with chopped cashews; Halve, fill with ice cream, and drizzle with chocolate sauce; Halve and spread with sweetened ricotta and finely grated lemon zest. Top with citrus glaze; Fill with lemon curd. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Notes

To make eclairs, pipe 2-inch-long ovals. Freeze pastry puffs for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator, then reheat in a 350-degree oven until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.

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