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       Title: Basic Pate a Choux
  Categories: Pies, Bakery
       Yield: 1 servings
  
       1 c  Water or milk
     1/2 c  Butter (4 tablespoons)
     1/2 ts Salt
       1 tb Sugar if making a sweet
            -pastry
       1 c  Flour
       4    Eggs (1 cup)
  
   Recipe by: TOO HOT TAMALES SHOW #TH6299 Place liquid, butter, salt and
   sugar, if using, in a medium saucepan and bring slowly to a simmer. Turn
   off heat and add the flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon
   until it forms a ball. Return to medium heat to dry the paste so it will
   have the maximum puffing ability: turn the ball around in the pan, pressing
   it against the sides and flipping it over, until butter starts oozing out
   and the paste no longer sticks to your fingers. Remove from heat and let
   cool a bit. Turn the paste into a medium bowl or the bowl of an electric
   mixer fitted with a paddle and beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a
   wooden spoon or the paddle. Each time you add an egg, the mixture will
   become slippery and messy but will then come together, at which point you
   can add the next egg. Load mixture into pastry bag with a round tip (1/2 or
   1-inch depending on size puff desired) and pipe out as required. It will
   give the fullest puff if used right away but can be held for several hours.
   Basic proportions for Pate a Choux are 1:1:1:1/2, or 1 cup liquid, 1 cup
   flour:1 cup egg:1/2 cup butter. Water makes choux more crisp, milk makes
   them more tender, Puffs expand when cooked as water in batter turns to
   steam and explodes the dough.
   
   Pate a choux is an extremely versatile pastry that can be the base of many
   sweet and savory dishes. It can take many forms: be poached as gnocchi,
   baked to form hollow puffy balls that can be filled with various things, or
   fried as fritters and sprinkled with sugar. It is neutral in flavor so is
   adaptable to any cuisine. Copyright, 1996, TV FOOD NETWORK, G.P., All
   Rights Reserved 10/23/96 SHOW
  
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