Choux pastry for éclairs or puffs
 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Put the butter and boiling water into a saucepan and boil until the butter has melted.
  2. Reduce the heat. Add the flour and stir vigorously.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture becomes a smooth, shiny ball.
  4. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition with a beater or wooden spoon. Beat until the dough becomes paste-like in appearance.
  5. Drop teaspoons- or dessertspoonsful of the paste onto a lined or greased baking sheet – depending on the desired size. Leave space between the puffs to allow for expansion.
  6. Bake at 400⁰F for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 325⁰F and bake for a further 10-20 minutes, until lightly browned and set.
Notes
Remove one puff from the oven after 20 minutes of baking to check whether the walls have stabilized sufficiently for it to keep its shape. // To make large éclairs - Spoon the choux dough into an icing bag (or a plastic bag with a corner cut off: measure ¾ inch from the two corners and cut straight across). This will give a wide opening for large éclairs. (For smaller, bite-sized éclairs, use a large, plain nozzle in the icing- or plastic bag). Squeeze the dough into segments of 1-2 inches wide and 3-5 inches long. Allow space between the éclairs for expansion. Bake them at 400˚F for 12-14 minutes and at 325˚F for 22-25 minutes. They will bake longer to stabilize. When cool, fill with sweetened whipped cream and top with melted chocolate.// Choux pastry freezes well.
Recipe by Cape Point Press at https://capepointpress.com/choux-pastry-eclairs-puffs/