Cookin’ Sparkles: Gougères

Hey guys!

On Saturday, I attended a French picnic! My class and a first year French class were asked to cook food either from France or from a francophone (French-speaking) country. My class made French food, so we had to pick a food from a region and write about it and then make it on the day of the picnic! I looked at the region of Burgundy and I chose to make Gougères, which are like little choux pastry cheesy puffs. They are vegetarian and they are very more-ish. I will have both the recipe written in both French and English, in this post. I hope that you enjoy them if you make them 🙂

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Recipe:                                                             Recette:

Prep time: 20 mins                                             Temps de préparation : 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 mins                                       Temps de cuisson : 25 minutes

Ingredients:                                                   Ingrédients:

-4 eggs + yolk (optional)                                    -4 oeufs + 1 jaune (pas obligé)
-150g of gruyère cheese, grated                        -150 g de gruyère râpé
-150g of plain flour, sifted                                  -150 g de farine tamisée
-80g of butter                                                       -80 g de beurre
-a pinch of nutmeg                                              -1 pincée de noix de muscade râpée
-water, salt and pepper                                      -eau, sel, poivre

Method:                                                           Préparation de la recette:

Preheat oven to 200°C                                      Préchauffez le four à 200°C
In a saucepan, bring 250ml of water             Dans une casserole, portez
to boil, add butter in little pieces and            25 cl d’eau à ébullition, avec
add cooking salt.                                                 le beurre coupé en
.                                                                               morceaux + 1 cuillère à café
.                                                                               de sel.
Take the saucepan off the heat and add        Hors du feu, ajoutez la farine
all of the plain flour.                                           d’un coup
Mix quickly and leave for 1 min to cool         Mélangez vivement, et faites
.                                                                              dessécher pendant 1 min sur
.                                                                              feu doux.
Add in one egg at a time and mix well           Incorporez les oeufs un par
.                                                                              un en mélangeant bien.
Add grated cheese, nutmeg, salt and             Ajoutez le gruyère râpé, la
pepper.                                                                 muscade, le sel et le poivre.
Spoon the dough on to a baking paper          Déposez cette pâte à l’aide
lined tray, making dough into spheres          de 2 cuillères à café,
You can brush egg yolk on top to brown       Vous pouvez dorer les
.                                                                              petites gougères avec un
.                                                                              jaune d’oeuf, à l’aide d’un
.                                                                              pinceau.
Place in oven and cook for 25 mins               Enfournez 25 min en surveillant.

You can either eat them warm or cold. You traditionally eat it warm with wine or cool as an appetiser.

Here are some photos of me proudly holding my little gougères hahaha:

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Also, that day was the day that we heard about the attacks in Paris, so I just wanted to mention it here. There were also a lot of other awful things going on in Mexico, Lebanon, and other places too. We’re living in pretty scary times. There is going to be a vigil in Unley tomorrow if anyone is in the area and wants to go. You can find out more of the details here.

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