Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday French Food Feature:

Cheese Puffs 
Gougères (cheese puffs), a specialty of the Burgundy region in France is a savoury choux pastry with cheese.

Traditionally the puffs are made with Gruyère, but other cheeses are also used. 
The puffs are usually made in small bite size pastries but the batter can be baked in a pie tin. If baked in a ring or pie tin the gougère is normally filled with savoury ingredients like beef, ham or mushrooms. 

Time: About 30 minutes
Yields 30-40 Gougères

1 c of water
4 Tblsp butter 
 (about half a stick) 
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c  (about 7 ounces) all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1 c freshly grated Emmenthal, Gruyère, Cantal or Cheddar cheese
1 c freshly grated Parmesan or other hard cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
Combine one cup water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium to high heat. Stir until butter melts.
Add flour all at once and cook, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes or less, until dough holds together in a ball. Keep stirring until dough is smooth. Transfer batter to a large mixing bowl.
Add eggs one at a time, beating hard after each addition, (preferably with an electric mixer as a hand mixer may not be strong enough) until the mixture is glossy.
Stir in the cheeses.
Drop teaspoons full onto a baking sheet and bake until puffed and lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes.

Serve cheese puffs hot or at room temperature.

Bon Appétit!

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