Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vegetable Choux

Choux is a light pastry dough made with butter, flour, eggs and water. Choux (pronounced - shoo) is baked first at high temperature and finished at low temperature. Instead of leavening agents like the baking soda, yeast or baking powder it's leavened by steam it creates from it's high moisture content and it's initial high cooking temperature. I took this recipe from 5 fruits and vegetables a day - cook book and modified it. 
Spicy vegetable choux

Choux Pastry:
1 1/4 cup            water
4 ounce              butter
5 ounce              all purpose  flour
4                        eggs
4 ounce              cheddar cheese
1 tsp                   chilli powder
salt to taste
For the filling:
1/4 cup                 carrots, finely diced 
1/4 cup                 green peas
1/2 cup                 potatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup                 bell pepper, finely chopped 
1                          onion, medium - chopped
2 tbs                     oil
1                          tomato- small, chopped
2 sprigs                coriander leaves, finely chopped
1                          garlic clove, crushed  
1 tsp                     chilli powder 
salt to taste   

1. Combine all the ingredients together in a skillet, cover it with lid and cook in med/ low till the vegetables are soft.
2. Preheat oven into 400* f. 
3.  To make choux pastry, heat water in a large saucepan. Add the butter to it.
4. Remove from heat when the butter melts, add all the flour to it and stir it well till the dough becomes smooth, allow it to cool slightly.
5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and continue beating till the weather looks glossy. Stir in chilli powder, salt and cheese. 
6. Grease 6 oven proof dishes and pipe or spoon the pastry into the dishes.
7. Divide the vegetables between the six dishes, add spoonful of cheese over the vegetables
8. Bake it in the oven for about 25 - 35 minutes or until the choux pastry is puffy and golden.
9. Serve hot.

Melt the butter...

spicy choux
cook the flour ...

spicy choux
Add egg one at a time..

spicy vegetable choux
Spoon or pipe the flour into a dish..

vegetable spicy choux
vegetable choux..

ready to bake :)


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