Pate a choux is a light dough made on the stove top. It requires no rolling or kneading, and it's the foundation for many classic desserts - including cream puffs, which is pate a choux with whipped or pastry cream in the middle, or profiteroles, which is pate a choux filled with ice cream. Once you've mastered pate a choux, you can also use it to make eclairs, beignets, gougers and croquembouches.
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