Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large, heavy baking sheet with parchment paper. Place water, butter and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium-low flame. Bring mixture to boil, then stir briefly to combine everything.

  2. Using a wooden spoon, stir in all the flour until everything is well combined. Continuing over heat, keep stirring vigorously until mixture forms into a ball and no longer clings to the sides of the pan. Let cool 4 full minutes, and then use a wooden spoon to beat in the eggs one at a time.

  3. Scoop batter into 10 to 12 mounds, placing them 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking until shells are puffed, golden brown and firm, 25 to 30 minutes longer. 

  4. Turn off oven. Gently poke each puff once with a toothpick to let off steam and prevent sogginess. Leave them in the oven, with the door open, until completely cool.

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