gougères: kitchen therapy

When I am having an exceptionally crappy day, sometimes I turn my frustration into baked goods.  After a particularly annoying work day, I decided to turn out a batch of delicious gougères.  Gougères are little puffs of eggy goodness that are often served at wine tastings in Burgundy.  Try them – you will love them.  (As a side note, I don’t like keeping carby treats in my apartment, so I bring them to the office to get devoured.  I’m an evil genius, I tell you.)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 ¼ cup  lowfat milk (it’s crucial that this is lowfat milk, not full fat)
10 T butter, salted
5 eggs, + 1 egg for egg wash
fresh ground black pepper
a generous amount (nearly a tablespoon, I would estimate) of dried thyme or an Italian seasoning blend
1/3 cup of Gruyere, Asiago, or any other harder cheese
Heat milk and butter on the stove until the butter is melted and it comes to a full boil.  Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously until it has formed a dough.  Note:  the original recipe recommended I add the spices towards the end, but I got ahead of myself and added them with the flour to the liquid.  No big deal.
Transfer the dough to a bowl and add the eggs, one at a time.  Make sure each egg is fully incorporated into the dough before adding the next one.  Once all the eggs are added, use a silicone spatula to fold in the cheese.  Then, put the choux pastry into a pastry bag with a larger tip, and pipe out little 2-3 inch rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Beat the last egg and use a pastry brush to do a generous egg wash on each pastry.  Bake at 350F for 25-35 minutes, until the gougeres are a lovely shade of golden brown.
Variations:  You can add all kinds of stuff to the choux, such as very finely crumbled bacon or chopped spinach.  You can also pipe out larger pastries for a more hearty serving size.

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3 thoughts on “gougères: kitchen therapy

  1. thanks, d! i really enjoy making these, and they're really easy. you can also omit all the savory spices and cheese, and use the pastry to make cream puffs (profiteroles).


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