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Pate a Choux Recipe

Learn how to make light as air pâte à choux (choux pastry) with this easy to follow guide.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 18 (2-inch) puffs
Calories 73 kcal


  • 1 cup milk or water or combination
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 4 eggs


  1. Place the water or milk, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a full rolling boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the flour all at once. Using a wooden spoon or stiff silicone spatula and stir until the flour is thoroughly mixed in and no lumps remain, pressing and smashing the dough against the sides of the pan.
  3. Return the pot to medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the dough comes together into one mass and there is a dry film on the bottom and sides of the pan. If you have an instant-read thermometer, it should register 175 degrees F.
  4. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes to cool the dough down. It should register 145 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, ensuring each one is fully incorporated before adding the next. Once all of the eggs have been added, scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix again to ensure everything is fully incorporated, an additional 5 to 10 seconds.
  6. Use immediately or keep at room temperature for up to 2 hours in a piping bag or with a piece of plastic wrap pressed against the surface.

Recipe Notes

  • Make the Dough By Hand: You do not need a mixer to make this dough; I often make it by hand. Cool it down by stirring it frequently with a spoon or spatula, then beat in each egg one at a time by hand.


Nutrition Facts
Pate a Choux Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 169IU3%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.