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BASIC CHOUX PASTRY

Ingredients:
Sifted all purpose flour- 1 cup
Eggs - 4
Butter - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Salt  - 1/8 tsp

Method:

  • Combine water and butter in heavy saucepan;place over medium heat.
  • cook until butter is melted and water comes to boil.
  • Add flour and salt. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon until mixture is smooth and leaves sides of pan, forming a ball.
  • Turn off heat.  Add one egg; beat until well mixed.
  • Continue adding eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition. (An electric mixer can be used to beat in eggs)
  • Beat until smooth; cover lightly.
  • Let stand until cool.
  • Spoon pastry into icing bag with one inch plain piping tube attached; pipe into desired shapes on lightly greased baking sheet.
  • do not place too close together.
  • bake in preheated oven at 450 F on shelf above center for 8 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 f; bake 20-40 minutes, depending on size of puffs, until dry and browned. 
  • Remove from baking sheet immediately.
  • Let cool on racks. fill as desired.

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