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Pâte à Choux Puffs (Cream Puffs)

Pâte à choux dough can be used to make shells for any smooth creamy filling. [Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Pâte à choux (pronounced pat-ah-choo) is the paste-like dough used for making the crispy shells of cream puffs, éclairs, gougères, and profiteroles. Once you understand the technique, making choux at home is easy. The hard part is choosing a filling. Some favorites include: pastry cream, pudding, chocolate ganache, whipped lox and cream cheese, or jam.

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