Classic Gougeres

Nothing modernist about this recipe, but it’s one of my favorites and a staple at nearly every dinner party I host.  The smell of the baking Gruyere covers up anything else you may have been frying, cooking, or um…burning.  They are great as an appetizer giving your guests a good base for a nice bottle of champagne or a cocktail before dinner.  This is a really quick recipe I usually start about 40 min before the party starts so they are right out of the oven when everyone arrives.

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Gougères

 Ingredients – Makes 24

  • 1c water
  • 3 tbs butter cut into piecese
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1c all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1c (firmly packed) shredded Gruyere cheese
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 400F for a standard oven or 375F for a convection oven and line two sheet pans with a silpat or parchment paper
  • Place the water, butter, and salt into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring with a wooden spoon until the butter is melted
  • Add the flour and stir with the wooden spoon ensuring the flour clumps are broken up and mixed well.
  • Continue stirring until the mixture forms a ball and the flour pulls away from the sides.  Cook for about one minute more took cook out any of the raw flour taste.
  • Place the dough ball into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and allow to cool for one minute.
  • Turn the mixer on medium low and add the eggs one at a time allowing each one to completely incorporate.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix on medium for 15 seconds to ensure everything is incorporated.
  • Add the black pepper and mix for another 15 seconds on low then add the Gruyere and mix until incorporated.
  • Spoon tablespoon size balls of the dough onto a silpat or parchment paper about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake at 400F for 20 – 22 minutes.  The tops should be golden brown and the inside set and no longer gooey.  If after a few minutes the puff falls increase the cooking time the next time you make these.
  • Serve immediately
Gougères

Gougeres pair perfectly with Champagne

 

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