It's my birthday today. G. sent me roses, or rather a photo of the roses in our new garden in Provence. Our garden. Hint, hint - huge news ahead.
Gougeres - Cheese Puffs
The perfect partner for a wine tasting. Add whatever flavors you like. Don't be afraid of recipes that puff, the trick is a hot pan and a quick hand.
1 cup water
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon table salt
1 cup flour
4 large large eggs
1 cup grated cheese (chedder, swiss, comte, asagio, etc)
3/4 cup chopped parma ham, diced
small handful of chives, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine water, butter and salt. Bring to boil (it is important that the mix boil - if it doesn't, your batter won't take). Turn off the heat and working quickly, stir in the flour all at once. Immediately add two eggs and stir to combine. Immediately add the remaining 2 eggs and stir - the batter should look like a lump of marzipan. Add your cheese, ham, and herbs - or any combo of the above.
Using a tablespoon, place dollops of batter on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Leave enough room in between for some puffing in the oven.
Cook at 425F for 15 minutes. Lower the oven to 400F and cook with the oven slightly ajar, 12-15 minutes, until golden and puffed. That said, I've worked with ovens where you don't open the door or lower the temp at all...see what works best for you.
Makes 20-24 puffs