Cream puffs? For Christmas? These once-dainty treats are super-sized and mint-ified for the holidays, making for a perfect addition to your seasonal table.
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To encapsulate the velvety chocolate cream, it could be none other than a chocolate puff.
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.
When I set out to make a gluten-free pâte à choux (that's the dough for cream puffs, éclairs, and other desserts like profiteroles and French crullers), I knew what I wanted: a dough that puffed up in the oven and was light. Who wants a heavy cream puff? Since wheat-based pâte à choux dough relies on gluten-rich bread flour, with 12-13% protein, I wondered how gluten-free pâte à choux would work. Pretty well, it turns out.