How To Make A Basic Choux Pastry (pâte à choux) Dough?
The Choux pastry (pâte à choux) got this name because it is like a small cabbage (Bruxelle Cabbage), It contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs. The perfect choux pastry has a round shape, and don’t have a big [punched head], it is hollowed from inside, and slightly crispy from outside.
What You Can Make With A Basic Choux Pastry Dough?
The Choux pastry is the base of so many French pastry recipes, like swans, éclairs, Chouquettes, and the Paris-Brest. The fried Churros, from Spain; also the Italian Zeppole dan Giuseppe. From Austrian cuisine, Marillenknödel recipe, which is a sweet choux pastry dumpling, filled with apricots, and cooked in simmering water.
YIELDS: 20-40 Choux Pastries
- 100g flour
- 75g unsalted butter, diced
- 8cl water
- 8cl whole milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- A pinch of salt (approx. 1/3 tsp)
- In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, water, butter, salt, and sugar,
to a full rolling boil, stirring with a wooden spatula.
- Remove the liquid from the heat, and add the flour, in a steady
- Over medium heat, stir vigorously, with a wooden spatula or a
whisk, about 5 minutes, until the batter becomes glossy, smooth
- When the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan,
continue to stir quickly, about 2 to 3 minutes, to dry it. When you
see the first vapor, stop cooking. At this stage, the batter is ready to
take the eggs.
- Remove the dough from the heat, continue to stir, forming a
- Transfer the dough to a bowl, to cool slightly, then starting to add
the eggs, one at a time, wait until completely absorbed before adding another egg, stirring continuously (Use a spatula or an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, but the spatula is better).
- Check the consistency of the dough, before adding more eggs, the dough should be smooth, glossy, elastic, firm and should slide back down, forming a ribbon, but retain its shape if piped, at this stage the dough is ready for piping.
- On a non-stick tray, pipe the dough straight away, into the desired shape, using a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle.
- Bake at 425° F, until fully puffed, about 8-10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375° F, and bake 8-10 minutes more.
- Once cooked, prick the base of each choux pastry, to release the steam. Let the choux pastry (pâte à choux) to cool, at room temperature.
- Serve the choux pastry as Profiteroles, Religieuses, Eclairs, Swans, cream puffs, filled with Chantilly cream or a Croquembouche.