Saturday, May 9, 2009

Classic Gougeres

We had these at the French Laundry. A perfect little something to pop in your mouth a savory puff. Light and airy and rich. Just enough to let you know that yummy things are on the horizon. Lucky me: I found a recipe.1 cup water
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 cup grated cheese (Gruyere is recommended)
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Bring the water, butter and salt to a simmer in a heavy, medium sauce pan until butter melts. Add flour. Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until flour absorbs and forms a ball. Stir until dough is no longer sticky. Cool dough 2-3 minutes. In a mixing bowl, add dough and mix. Add one egg at a time. Stir in cheese and pepper.

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto baking sheet, spacing about three inches apart. Using damp fingertips shape dough.

Bake gougeres until golden brown, about 30 minutes, rotating sheets about halfway through. Using a sharp knife, check one puff to be sure the center is done. It should be moist, but not gooey. Serve hot or warm.

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