One of the reasons I started blogging again is that I wanted to participate in French Fridays with Dorie. I signed up and waited for an email or something about the start date. This morning I went looking around at the website again, and realized that today was the first day!
Luckily Dorie chose gougères as the first recipe from Around My French Table to use in the challenge. I am pretty certain nearly all of you readers have the ingredients for this one in your fridge: milk, flour, butter, eggs, cheese... The fact that I was able to make this recipe on such short notice is a testament to how easy it is!
You bring the milk, water, butter, and salt to a boil, stir in the flour, and cook the paste for a minute or two. Then you transfer the mixture to a mixer bowl, beat in the eggs, and beat in the cheese. Then you spoon or pipe out the mixture in tablespoon portions, and bake in a hot oven.
As for the cheese, this time I went went with one part smoked gouda to 2 parts extra-sharp cheddar. The combo is fantastic, and certainly a great variation on the traditional gruyere.
These puff up in the oven. The interior is nearly hollow, and the result is an extremely light cheese puff.
I just wish I had the recommended glass of champagne to go with the them. I do have the makings of a kir though... Hmm.
(No recipes today. I highly recommend the book for purchase!)