Makes 12

Gougères are a much-loved savory French pastry made from a thick dough called "pâte à choux." In the case of gougères, the dough is flavored with grated cheese and formed into small puffs to serve as an appetizer or snack.

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten to mix with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, for glazing
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Heat the oven to 375° and butter a baking sheet. In a small saucepan, heat water, butter, and salt until butter is melted, then bring everything to a boil. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, add flour all at once, and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the pan to form a ball, 30 to 60 seconds. Beat mixture over low heat for 30 to 60 seconds more to dry.

Whisk one egg in a bowl until mixed and set it aside. With a wooden spoon beat remaining eggs into dough one by one, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat enough of the fourth reserved egg into the dough so it is shiny and just falls from the spoon. (You may not need all of the reserved egg).

Beat in grated cheese. Transfer dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 -inch plain tube. Or, for a more rustic look, simply spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheets. Pipe or spoon l2 mounds about 2-inch in diameter onto the baking sheet. Brush puffs with egg glaze.

Transfer to the oven and bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. To test for doneness, remove one puff from the baking sheet and let it cool for a minute. If it remains crisp on the outside, it is done. If not, replace it, and continue cooking for 5 to l0 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet to a rack to cool. Let the puffs cool slightly, then remove them from the baking sheet.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:130 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 110mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 5g protein
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