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Choux Pastry Dough Recipe

2016-05-22
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  • Author : François (FX)
  • Category: Recipe
  • Posted on: Sunday May 22, 2016
  • Comments : 5 Comments
  • Languages :  English  |   Français

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The Choux pastry, or 'pâte à choux', is a dough used in a lot of French pastries 

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About this recipe

I am showing here my favorite Choux Dough recipe
Choux Pastry Dough

The Choux Dough is used in a lot of desserts like Eclairs, Choux (puffs), Paris-Brest and other desserts
Choux Pastry Dough

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Ingredients

Choux Pastry Dough

For 810 g (1 ¾lbs ) (weigh of prebaked dough)

 
½ Cup Milk (110 grams)

½ Cup Water (100 grams)

1 teaspoon Sugar (8 grams)

½ teaspoon Salt (1 gram)

½ Cup Butter (125 grams)

1 ½ Cup Flour (220 grams)

⅔ Cup Eggs (250 grams)

 

For 1.29 kg (2 lbs 14 oz ) (weigh of prebaked dough)

 
¾ Cup Milk (176 grams)

⅔ Cup Water (160 grams)

2 teaspoons Sugar (12.8 grams)

½ teaspoon Salt (1.6 grams)

1 Cup Butter (200 grams)

2 ½ Cups Flour (352 grams)

1 Cup Eggs (400 grams)

 

For 648 g (1 lbs 7 oz ) (weigh of prebaked dough)

 
½ Cup Milk (88 grams)

⅓ Cup Water (80 grams)

1 teaspoon Sugar (6.4 grams)

½ teaspoon Salt (0.8 gram)

½ Cup Butter (100 grams)

1 ¼ Cup Flour (176 grams)

½ Cup Eggs (200 grams)

 

For 486 g (1 lbs 1 oz ) (weigh of prebaked dough)

 
⅓ Cup Milk (66 grams)

¼ Cup Water (60 grams)

1 teaspoon Sugar (4.8 grams)

½ teaspoon Salt (0.6 gram)

⅓ Cup Butter (75 grams)

1 Cup Flour (132 grams)

⅓ Cup Eggs (150 grams)

 

You will need...

Steps

1.  In a saucepan, pour in the

Milk

(½ Cup or 110 g), the

Water

(½ Cup or 100 g), the

Salt

(½ teaspoon or 1 g), the

Sugar

(1 teaspoon or 8 g) and the

Butter

(½ Cup or 125 g), over medium heat

2. After the

Butter

has melted, once the liquid starts boiling, remove from heat
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3. Off the heat, add in the

Flour

(1 ½ Cup or 220 g)

4.  For better results, sift the

Flour



5. Remove from the heat and mix with a spatula, until the

Flour

has absorbed all the liquid
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6. Transfer to a mixing bowl immediately and stir to let the dough cool down
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7. Beat the

Eggs

(⅔ Cup or 250 g) i na mixing bowl

8. Add in the

Eggs

(one by one) while mixing the dough. You may mix by hand, or using a stand mixer ('kitchen aid' ), with the paddle also called the 'leaf'
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9.  Make sure to pour the the

Eggs

one at a time

10. Mixing will take time, until your reach a dough with a smooth texture
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11. For most recipes using the Choux Pastry Dough, you need a Pastry Bag

12. Transfer the dough into the Pastry Bag

13. Push the dough inside the Pastry Bag to remove air pockets

14. Twist to close
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Paper or mat ?

In general, you may use parchment paper or a silicon mat, however I often noticed that parchment paper provides better results (the silicon mat isolates the heat and the choux dough will not rise as much)

Another type of mat is the SILFORM mat : A silicon mat with tiny "holes" that makes it easier to bake perfect eclairs (shop for the brand Demarle). Those tiny holes allow for a better heat distribution for better puffs. I bought mine in Paris at:
La Bovida
36 Rue Montmartre
75001 Paris
France
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What Pastry Bag tip to use?

For the pastry tip, you may choose a "plain tip" or a "star tip"
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What baking tray to use?

If you can, use those baking trays with tiny holes which will allow the air to circulate easily while baking and will make the dough rise faster
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Piping the dough

Pipe the dough as desired:

● For "Choux" dessert, pipe small balls

● For "Eclairs", pipe straight lines

● For "Paris-Brest" desserts, pipe circles
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The tip

15. To erase that "pointing tip" at the end of a choux or an eclair, just dip a finger in a glass of water and reshape slighty
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The baking temperature

The baking temperature is the most difficult part when baking pastry dough
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● Not hot enough and the dough will not rise... Puffs will not get puffed up

● Too hot and the dough will "burst" while baking
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Baking for how long?

Bake at 320 °F / 160 °C or at 360 °F / 180 °C. The baking time depends on the shape and quantity of dough to be baked. Choux must rise while baking and then get a golden/brown color

With some ovens, it is recommended to open slightly the oven door while baking to let the humidity escape
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After baking

16. After baking, remove the baked choux from the baking pan (they would continue to bake as the pan is still hot)
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Result

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Using with craquelin

The craquelin is an extra dough that you can lay over the eclairs or choux before baking, it will help the dough the rise evenly and will add some crunchiness to the baked dough

 

Here's the result when baking the choux dough with craquelin

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The result and the pix






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Comments for This Recipe

5 Comments
  1. On Sunday January 20, 2019
    Mary wrote:
    Hi! I have a convection oven and I can't seem to find the right temperature without them craking on sides. Can you give me some advice on the temperature I should use? I tried heating it up at 200C then turn the oven off, put the eclairs, let them 15 min and after turn it back on at 160C, but they still crack on sides.Also tried 180C constantly. I use Silform, 15 mm piping nozzel. I also tried baking them frozen; frozen and leting them at room temperature and also without freezing them, nothing seems to work.
  2. On Sunday January 20, 2019
    François (FX) answered:
    Hmmm seems strange.

    Send me photos of the result, at :
    francoisZZ@cuisinedaubery.com
    (remove the ZZ)
  3. On Monday January 21, 2019
    Mary wrote:
    Thank you for the prompt reply!!! I just sent you the photos!
  4. On Saturday June 22, 2019
    Anonymous wrote:
  5. On Tuesday November 5, 2019
    Dennis Gander wrote:
    Please put me on your list. Thanks

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½ Cup Milk (110 g)

½ Cup Water (100 g)

1 teaspoon Sugar (8 g)

½ teaspoon Salt (1 g)

½ Cup Butter (125 g)

1 ½ Cup Flour (220 g)

⅔ Cup Eggs (250 g)