choux pastry

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variants: or less commonly choux paste

Definition of choux pastry

: 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 Alongside the fizz, food is served including the signature, photo-ready Choux Love dessert of four choux pastry buns, filled with mango and passion fruit and topped in letters spelling out Moët. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The airy, delicate pastry is pâte à choux, or choux pastry. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 To the novice baker, choux pastry brings to mind the sort of fear-inducing, tear-jerking mess of a technical challenge assigned for maximum drama on The Great British Bake Off. Tanya Bush, Bon Appétit, 10 Mar. 2022 Gingerbread Showdown Host Jesse Palmer challenges the teams to create a holiday light show out of gingerbread and pair their glittering creations with the lightest of all desserts: choux pastry. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 The novel is a lot more like a choux pastry or millefeuille, intricate and layered despite its core identity as a delectable treat. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 2 June 2021 Remove from the oven, and let the choux pastry cases cool completely in a draft-free area. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021 Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes in the center of the oven, or until the choux pastry shells puff up and are golden brown on top. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021 These shows tend to foreground emotional labor—consolation, encouragement—along with their choux pastry and kitchen redos. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of choux pastry

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for choux pastry

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

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