11 Delicious Reasons To Tackle Pate A Choux (RECIPES)

Just think of all the eclairs.

Pastry has always had the reputation of being a little troublesome. For the most part, it's entirely deserved. Puff pastry calls for exhausting amounts of rolling and folding -- though it's worth every effort. Pie crust demands cold fingers and swift work. And phyllo dries out and flakes away quicker than you can say baklava. But there is one pastry that's kind to those of us who aren't as skilled with the combination of flour, butter and sugar as other bakers might be, and it's the French pate a choux.

Pate a choux, sometimes known as cream puff pastry, is a forgiving and uncomplicated dough. It's made with milk, flour, butter, sugar, salt and eggs. The first five ingredients are whisked over heat until it all comes together. Next the eggs are beaten in, the dough is piped into its given shape, and into the oven it goes. It's that simple (well, minus some very particular details).

Pate a choux does require your attention and a willingness to whisk quickly, but if you hold up your end of the deal it will always hold up its end too -- which means cream puffs, eclairs, beignets and a world of French pastries are well within your grasp. Check out the 11 recipes if you need more coaxing, and then find the basic pate a choux recipe at the bottom of the article.

Get the Paris-Brest recipe from Treats
Meyer Lemon Eclairs
yossy arefi/Food52
Get the Meyer Lemon Eclairs recipe from yossy arefi via Food52
Croquembouche Cake
Raspberri Cupcakes
Get the Croquembouche Cake recipe from Raspberri Cupcakes
State Fair Cream Puffs
James Ransom/Food52
Get the State Fair Cream Puffs recipe from hardlikearmour via Food52
Pate A Choux Beignets
Baker Bettie
Get the Pate A Choux Beignets recipe from Baker Bettie
Banana Split Eclairs
Bakers Royale
Get the Banana Split Eclairs recipe from Bakers Royale
Peppermint Cream Puff Ring
Eats Well With Others
Get the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring recipe from Eats Well With Others
Strawberry Cheesecake Profiteroles
Bakers Royale
Saint Honore
From BA To Paris
Get the Saint Honore recipe courtesy of From BA To Paris
Get the Gougères recipe from Manger
Champagne Cream Puffs
The Craving Chronicles
Get the Champagne Cream Puffs recipe from The Craving Chronicles
Basic Pâte Á Choux Dough
Steamy Kitchen
Get the Basic Pâte à Choux Dough recipe from Steamy Kitchen

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