This is the first FFwD recipe, whee! The recipes for October were selected by Dorie herself. I suspect she chose this as the first one because it’s a simple recipe and thus will give us all an encouraging start!
Gougères are French choux pastry with cheese. Think profiteroles but instead of sweet and with cream filling, it’s savory and cheesy with no filling. They are very yummy especially when warm. Big Kid tells me it’s pronounced ‘goo-cher’ but I just say ‘cheese puffs’.
This is my second time baking these pastry. I lost the pictures from my first attempt when the notebook broke on Tuesday. There was no choice but to re-bake as I don’t want to miss the very first assignment! It helps that it’s a no-sweat recipe and can be completed in 40 minutes. Each time I baked only half the recipe. I used Gruyère cheese. I found that if I bake the gougères for 12 minutes after rotating the trays they are a nice golden colour but soft. If I baked them for 15 minutes they turn a darker brown and have a crunch like a crispy puff.
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