The choux pastry offers multiple possibilities to feast on, such as éclairs, Saint-honoré, Paris-Brest and so on. But it’s also a preparation that many of us fear. Rest assured, this cabbage dough recipe will soon have no more secrets for you.
- 15 cl milk
- 15 cl water
- 4 g salt
- 125 g butter
- 175 g cake flour
- 5 eggs
- Start by pouring the milk and water into a fairly large saucepan, then add the salt and the butter cut into pieces. Cook on low heat, and bring everything to a boil.
- As soon as the first bubbles appear, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the flour, and stir everything with a wooden spatula.
- For the moment, the choux pastry still sticks to the saucepan and the spoon, it needs to be dried.
- Cook the choux pastry again over low heat, and stir until it no longer sticks to the saucepan and the spoon.
- Once this is achieved, pour the choux pastry into a container. Add the eggs one by one, while mixing each time with a wooden spatula.
- For the last egg, adjust the consistency of the choux pastry. It should form a peak when you take some with the wooden spatula and let it fall into the dish.
- Add the last whole egg, or mix the egg with a fork before so you can add only a part depending on the consistency of the choux pastry.
- Put the choux pastry using a pastry bag fitted with a tip on a previously greased baking sheet, of the desired shape.
- For eclairs and other cream puffs, a plain tip is perfect, but prefer a fluted tip to make a Paris-brest or a Saint-Honoré.
- Once the choux pastry is formed, glaze and draw lines on each piece with a fork dipped in beaten egg, and bake according to the type of cream puffs you wish to make.
- As soon as the choux pastry is swollen, you have to slightly open the oven for a few seconds to let out the steam which could cause the choux pastry to deflate.
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