choux pastry


variants or less commonly choux paste
: a very light, egg-based dough used to make pastries (such as cream puffs and éclairs )
Choux pastry is preferred cooked before freezing and filled after thawing …Margaret Leach et al.
I fell for choux paste, aka cream-puff dough, early in my cooking career.Sara Dickerman

called also pate a choux

Examples of choux pastry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These delicate desserts are made using a base of pâte à choux, or choux pastry. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 The choux pastry is baked and cooled and then filled with pastry cream before being topped with a chocolate glaze or chocolate ganache to complete the delicious treat. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 Other newcomers specialize in vegan tacos on dragon fruit tortillas, or both sweet and savory choux pastries. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2023 Also known as cream puffs or chou à la crème, profiteroles are one of a handful of desserts that showcase French choux pastry. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Oct. 2022 The idea that contestants could break out into song while piping choux pastry doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 Speaking of cake, desserts included a squishy square of it, soaked in cardamom syrup and topped with saffron ice cream, second only to the noon e khamei, ethereal, crackly choux pastry sandwiching dreamy rosewater cream. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2023 Mini Beignets, pg. 188, made with choux pastry, are rolled in caster sugar, chamomile and toasted anise seed. Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2020 And for dessert, Lopez has her own churro recipe, made to order with a French pâte à choux pastry dough. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2023

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Word History


partial translation of French pâte à choux, literally, "pastry in the form of cabbages"; choux, plural of chou "cabbage," going back to Middle French, back-formation from chous, plural of chol, going back to Old French, going back to Latin caulis "stalk, stem, cabbage stem, cabbage" — more at cole

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of choux pastry was in 1878

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“Choux pastry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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