Today I have for you a lovely recipe for Gougeres, a delicious french cheese puff. This year for Thanksgiving I was in charge of bringing an appetizer. Though naturally I was really hoping to get dessert, I saw it as a sign to branch out into new territory.
After all of my macaron fiascos I tend to avoid French baking, also because the sheer amount of eggs and butter in most recipes is way out of my budget. But these delicate little puffs are worth every penny, and they were a smash hit at the Thanksgiving Table.
Turns out, not all French baking is difficult! Who knew. Well, apparently Ms. Dorie Greenspan does; over the past few weeks I have been perusing her glorious masterpiece, Around My French Table, and I knew as soon as I saw this recipe that I had my appetizer for the feast.
Lately, as I have been dipping my toes into all sorts of new culinary concoctions, I find the idea of mis en place more and more appealing. Seriously, with everything out, measured, and ready to go, recipes begin to seem easier than you previously thought.
I was able to happily whip these up, all while dancing around to holiday music on Pandora (do you know they have like 5 stations just for Christmas music?! Mind-blowing). Needless to say I was grateful to be the only one in the apartment at the time, since my rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” would have raised a few eyebrows from my loving but much more normal roommates.
These are absolutely divine right out of the oven, but are also super easy to reheat the next day. They also cause a few “wows” to be uttered once they are placed on the table for everyone to see, so if you are in need of an impressing app, look no further than these gougeres.
Speaking of holiday music though; it’s after Thanksgiving…you know what that means.
HOLIDAY BAKING SPECTACULAR!
Ahem. Well at least I think it will be pretty spectacular. I’ve got a whole month’s worth of fabulously festive goodies to share with you all, so be sure to stay tuned for all the fun!
White Cheddar Gougeres
Via Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table
1/2 cup butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
5 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups freshly grated white cheddar cheese (you could also sub gruyere or another cheddar)
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Heat butter, salt, milk, and water in a medium pot over medium/high heat. bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Add all the flour and stir vigorously with a whisk or wooden spoon.
3. Let dough sit for a few minutes to cool, then using a hand mixer, or a wooden spoon and “lots of elbow grease” beat in each egg, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Be sure that each egg is fully incorporated before adding another. The dough should look shiny and smooth by the time the last egg is mixed in.
4. Beat in cheddar cheese.
5. Scoop out tablespoonfuls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches of room for puffing.
6. Place cookie sheets in oven and immediately lower heat to 375 F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then rotate pans front to back and top to bottom in the oven.
7. Bake for another 12-15 minutes, until Gougeres are golden, firm and puffed.
8. Serve warm or let cool on wire racks.
*Can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 days. On day of serving: reheat for 5 minutes in 300 degree oven*
makes about 30-36 gougeres
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