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Pate a Choux

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Use this pate a choux recipe to make mouthwatering pastries such as profiteroles, cream puffs, and eclairs.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 3 dozen cream puffs

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2005

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white

Directions

  1. Bring butter, sugar, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, quickly stir in flour. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture pulls away from sides and a film forms on bottom of pan, about 3 minutes.

  2. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until slightly cooled, about 1 minute. Raise speed to medium; add whole eggs, 1 at a time, until a soft peak forms when batter is touched with your finger. If peak does not form, lightly beat remaining egg white, and mix it into batter a little at a time until it does.

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  • ishaolinma4928149
    25 NOV, 2016
    I wanted to add 5 stars because this is the best pate a choux recipe I have found. Great!
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  • ishaolinma4928149
    25 NOV, 2016
    Couldn't be easier. Thanks Martha, your fantastic!
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  • soswain5
    1 AUG, 2015
    Do you have any tips for this recipe at a higher altitude? I am having a hard time with them puffing up without the bottom being too crisp. I have tried lowering and raising the temp, but then they seem to fall.
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  • oana_moti
    9 APR, 2015
    Great recipe, every time turns out perfect! I noticed people asking at what temperature to cook, it you actually pay attention to the eclair recipe, the cooking instructions are very well explained! :)
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  • Bluebird14
    17 SEP, 2013
    Tried this recipe with the cream pastry filling and maple expresso glaze. It was easy and fun!
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  • Poseyswhims
    31 AUG, 2013
    the cooking directions are in the recipe for Eclairs & Profiteroles oven temp is 375* & the time is 25-35 min.
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  • Janice McCann 1
    1 JUN, 2013
    Does anyone know the temperature at which it must be baked?
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  • UrbanMarilyn
    12 MAY, 2013
    If I remember correctly from the show Martha Bakes, you bake them for 20 minutes or so (or until they are light brown and have puffed up)
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  • bridgetmonney@gmail.com
    13 MAR, 2013
    this is the base recipe for cream puffs or eclairs. so you follow that recipe.
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  • Stephanie Grubb
    14 FEB, 2013
    This recipe would be better if it were a complete one; at the very least link back to one of your other recipes...
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