Awesome recipe and so easy with such elegant results. Whip them up and watch them disappear!
I've made this recipe more times than I can count, and haven't changed a thing, except making the prep easier. No need to cool the water/butter mixture. Put the hot liquid into your mixer bowl and dump all 4 eggs in at once and mix IMMEDIATELY on med. speed. Mix until the dough is tacky and starts sticking to the side of the bowl and you're done - about 2-3 min. (Mixing in one egg at a time makes no difference in dough texture and only allows more time for your eggs to curdle in the hot liquid.) I use a heaping tablespoon of dough for each, bake exactly 20 min and then poke a small hole with a toothpick in the side of each puff.
No need to let it sit in the oven (or it will dry out)or leaving the oven door ajar while cooling. Just let the steam escape with a toothpick and cool. Forget all the complicated posts on how to prevent deflation. I make this professionally for a bakery and my easy tips have never failed - try it.
***Update- PLEASE use parchment paper to bake or it will stick. Don't grease your cookie sheet, or the bottoms will burn or get too brown. Also, add one teaspoon vanilla extract. This will help diminish with the 'eggy' taste. Good luck, and keep trying if you fail the first time. This should be a no-fail recipe.
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