Duchesses are first cousins to Carolines, the tiny choux puff pastries that appear several times in this Collection (see Index). The difference is that the Duchesses are served cold and glazed with aspic rather than served with a cream sauce, and are usually sprinkled with chopped nuts. The Shrimp Duchesses below are typical.
To make the puffs: Melt 1/4 cup butter in 1/2 cup boiling water; add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, all at once, and stir vigorously; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a shiny ball; remove from heat. Beat in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 eggs; beat thoroughly until smooth; beat in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Heat oven to 400 F. Grease baking sheet; drop dough onto sheet in heaping teaspoonfuls and shape into ovals; bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Carefully cut off top. Fill with puréed shrimp and glaze with Tarragon Aspic…
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