Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
Sift the flour, salt and sugar together 3-4 times, set aside in a handy location close to the stove.
Prepare your hand mixer so that it is ready when needed.
Measure milk and water into a deep heavy bottomed pan.
Remove from heat and slowly pour the eggs into the mixture, beating well with the hand mixer with each addition, being careful to to make the paste too runny (the recipe indicates that the amount of egg required depends on the humidity, so add in smallish quantities). Continue to beat until shiny and stiff. The paste should firm but elastic and should be able to stand on its own when dropped by spoonfuls. This paste may be kept for a couple of hours covered with a damp cloth. Also, the recipe indicates that this paste can be frozen and used successfully (next time I will freeze excess balls individually on a cookie sheet, and bake individually as required in the future!).
Prepare a cookie sheet by running it under cold water, shaking excess water off, but leaving it damp. Use two baking sheet to protect the bottom of each puff from burning.
Place tablespoons of the mixture about 10 cm apart (the chou’s will double to triple in size).
Fill these wonderful puffs with your favourite pastry cream and drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce.
This is one of those recipes that is ESSENTIAL to have everything mise en place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_place).
14.0 depending on exact size
Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 6:00am