RECIPE: Pate A Choux + SimplyPrep

Yields — 5 piping bags 


1 # 8 oz. butter

2 Q. water 

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

8 cups all purpose flour

24 eggs


  • Place butter, water, sugar and salt into a pot on the stove and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Sift flour; place into pot on the stove and mix with a wooden spoon until a film forms on all sides of the pot and the mixture no longer sticks.
  • Place the mixture into a bowl fitted with a paddle; paddle on medium speed until room temp/ cool.
  • Add eggs, 4 at a time, and vigorously scrape between each addition.
  • Once mixture is smooth, place into piping bags.
  • Use accoridngly.

Pate a choux; the amazing French pastry that is completely versatile. With one single recipe you have the ability to make cream puffs, eclairs…. even churros. Such a simple and easy recipe that leverages classic techniques and flavor profiles.

This is personal recipe of mine, and I’ve been crafting it for years — perfect browning on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, perfect oven spring. All of the recipe measurements are in completely different formats, but that doesn’t bother me…… especially now that I have SimplyPrep.

All I have to do is add this particular recipe ONCE into SimplyPrep, and I’m capable of using it for a myriad of different baked goods; from cream puffs, to eclairs and cream puffs or fried for churros, the information is stored and adjusted all in one place. This is due to the fact that SimplyPrep supports sub-recipes, which allow us to create ‘foundational recipes’ that can be used in larger recipes. Some other examples of this include sauces, dips, marinades, and spreads that can be used as part of several larger recipes — think Marinara Sauce, which can be used as a sub-recipe for Lasagna, Bolognese, Pizza, etc. As you can tell, the power of sub-recipes can help chefs improve quality control and uniformity while simultaneously reducing redundancy in recipe tracking.

In this case, I can use my Pate A Choux recipe for making cream puffs with a yield for 25 puffs, and use that same information in my Churro recipe yielding 15 churros. So simple, so powerful.

I hope you enjoy!