I LOVE THESE .....
AND THEY ARE SO EASY TO MAKE!
This recipe calls for small appetizer sized
bites...but I put the dough in a pastry bag
and make a larger treat to enjoy.
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1/2 cup water
3 tablespoon butter; cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
chili powder; big pinch, to taste
1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs
12 chives; minced
3/4 cup Cheddar cheese; grated
Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
Heat the water, butter, salt, and chile or pepper in a saucepan until the butter is melted.
Dump in the flour all at once and stir vigorously until the mixture pulls away from the sides into a smooth ball. Remove from heat and let rest two minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring quickly to make sure the eggs don't ‘cook.’ The batter will first appear lumpy, but after a minute or so, it will smooth out. (You can transfer the mixture to a bowl before adding to
eggs to cool the dough, or do this step in a food processor or electric mixer, if you wish.)
Add about 3/4's of the grated cheese and the chives, and stir until well-mixed.
Scrape the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a wide plain tip and pipe the dough into mounds, evenly-spaced apart, making each about the size of a small cherry tomato.
Top each puff with a bit of the remaining cheese, the pop the baking sheet in the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375F and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until they ’re completely golden brown.
For extra-crispy puffs, five minutes before they ’re done, poke the side of each puff with a sharp knife to release the steam, and return to the oven to finish baking.
Serving: The puffs are best served warm, and if making them in advance, you can simply pipe the Gougères on baking sheets and cook right before your guests arrive, or reheat the baked cheese puffs in a low oven for 5-10 minutes before serving. Some folks like to fill them, or split them and sandwich a slice or dry-aged ham in there, although I prefer them just as they are.