- Combine water, butter, and salt in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously with wooden spoon until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mixture should be smooth and velvety.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake at 400°F for 45 to 50 minutes or until puffed, golden brown, and dry. Cool on wire racks. This will make 12 large cream puffs or 24 mini puffs.
- Cream puffs can be cut in half and then filled with various fillings, such as the following.