Gougères, A French Savory Pastry

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A couple of weeks ago, I was on a French baking kick. First I tried several different kinds of Macarons, then I tried Gougères. These were so good, and so simple. They are very easy to work with, and you can flavor them with pretty much any cheese and any herbs. Of course, I went with an Indian twist, and added coriander seeds and red chili flakes. They were so good, that the people of the house ate around 5 in a row, without even realizing it. I highly suggest you try these out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apf, unbleached
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cold eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheese, any kind will do, so use your favorite
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped dill

To Make:

Preheat the oven to 400*. This will make about 2 dozen, so line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a pan, add the water and butter and salt on medium heat. Whisk the water and butter, and bring to a boil.2013-03-31 13.10.50

Add the flour, no need to incorporate it slowly, just dump it all in, and stir with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been dissolved and it looks like this. 2013-03-31 13.16.34 2013-03-31 13.19.44

Let it rest for a few minutes. Add the eggs, one by one. This means add an egg, stir completely till dissolved, then add the next egg, repeat. Eventually the flour mixture will look like this 2013-03-31 13.31.33

Add your cheese and spices. You can use the spices I have suggested, or your own combination. 2013-03-31 13.31.53Fold the spices and cheese in the mixture, then spoon onto the baking sheets. 2013-03-31 13.42.42

You can round them out with your finger, or leave them as is. I rounded them out so they would look pretty.

Bake in the oven for roughly 30 minutes, switching the position of the baking sheets half way through, to ensure even baking. They will end up like this. 2013-03-31 14.17.33

You can plate them like this. 2013-03-31 14.36.00 2013-03-31 14.35.12

YUM!

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