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You can use sweet or savory fillings in this puff pastry shell.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1997



Cook's Notes

Cream puff shells can be made in advance, and frozen in resealable bags. When ready to use, defrost and warm in a 350-degree oven for 3 minutes until crisp.

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  • StephanieCurran
    14 DEC, 2014
    Perfect! No problems at all with this recipe and the puffs were a big hit!
  • JanetM757
    11 OCT, 2010
    I think mmsrjs meant to say her mother used 1/8 TEAspoon salt not 1/8 TABLEspoon. I measured out 16 pinches of salt into my Tablespoon measure, and had plenty of room to go. An eigth a Tablespoon of salt would ruin your pate a choux. I researched this on the web: PINCH = 1/16 teaspoon 2 pinches = 1 dash. DASH = 1/8 teaspoon ... Alternately, a pinch of salt is however much you can put between your thumb and forefinger. Also consider, table salt is supposedly saltier than sea salt.
  • Bubbly24
    4 APR, 2008
    Hi Martha. I really love this recipe. It's the most simplest recipe but yet good.The texture
  • karsey
    24 FEB, 2008
    This was a failure. How much is "1 Salt".....1 tsp. was too much. Also, what are you suppose to beat the eggs in with, mixer, fork, huh?
  • janetsimpsonbakinggoddess
    21 JAN, 2008
    This recipe is super simple and really good. I like the buttery light flavor of the pastry. The pastry is simple enough that any filling will go with it (simple whipped cream, chocolate mousse, or bavarian cream). The flavor of the pastry doesn't compete with any of these fillings. The egg wash does make the pastry a more golden brown and also adds a little sheen to the cooked pastry. I've made them both ways....with and without the egg wash, but I definitely prefer it with.
  • scu
    24 NOV, 2007
    Have loved these little morsels all my life, this recipe is close to my Mother's. she used 2 large eggs, and 1/8 tablespoon salt. 1/2 cup unsifted flour. Baked at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Above recipe calls for egg wash which I will try next week. May make mine more golden brown.

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