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Simply Perfect Pate a Choux
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Learn how to make perfect pate a choux with this simple picture tutorial. This basic recipe will become a staple of your pastry kitchen. You’ll be enjoying cream puffs, profiteroles, eclairs, and gougeres in no time!

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: choux, pate a choux
Servings: 24 two-inch diameter cream puff shells
Calories: 64 kcal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick )
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs (large)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the water, butter, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is simmering.

  3. Add in the flour all at once, and continue to cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until the dough gathers itself into a ball and a film begins to form on the bottom of the pot.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed.
  5. Drop in the eggs, one at a time, while continuing to beat. (Allow each egg to become fully incorporated, before adding the next.)

  6. Pipe or spoon the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, allowing about 3 inches in between each puff.

  7. Bake time can range from 20-40 minutes, depending on size. Remove from the oven when they are puffed, golden brown, hollow, dry, and light.
Recipe Notes

I used this kind of pastry bag, fitted with this tip to pipe my choux puffs.

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Nutrition Facts
Simply Perfect Pate a Choux
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.