There are so many great French appetizers and this is the perfect place to start.
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups aged cheddar, grated
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside until needed.
Bring the milk, water, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the flour all at once and stir together immediately with a wooden spoon. Lower the heat to low and continue stirring vigorously for about 2 minutes. The dough will be very smooth.
Place the dough into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in completely before adding the next one. Beat in the grated cheese. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of dough per gougere onto the prepared baking sheets, for each one, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Place the baking sheets in the oven and immediately turn down the heat on the oven to 375 F. Bake for 12 minutes, rotate the pans, and bake for another 12-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with your favourite aperitif.
Posted by Moira at 9:00 PM