I think i have tried about 4 different recipes for this..none worked....so I turned to the best cook i know...MAMA!!!
She got out here recipe book and here it is!
To make about a dozen puffs:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter (cut in pieces)
1 cup flour
4 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar and 1/8 tsp salt (for sweet puffs)
Heat oven to 400F
Put water, butter and salt (or sugar and salt) in a pan and over medium heat melt the butter.
Remove from the heat, add the flour and put back on the heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball.
Remove from the heat and add the eggs bit by by bit beating well all the time. The mixture will seem to separate but as you keep on beating it slowly all gets incorporated.
When mixture is smooth the pastry is done!!
I used a piping bag but you can also fill the puffs the old fashioned way using two teaspoons.
Bake for about 20 mins or until golden.When cool, make a hole in the bottom to let the air out so that the puffs won't get soggy. You can then use the hole to fill them with pate, custard, cream or whatever tickles your fancy!