The first week of French Fridays with Dorie is an easy one for me. Gougeres, or cheese puffs, which are like cream puffs but savory and less work.
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The first time I made cream puffs, I burned the bottoms.
The second time I made cream puffs, I burned the bottoms.
Then I bought some decent baking pans. Strangely, I don’t burn the bottoms of the cream puffs any more.
But that’s neither here nor there.
French Fridays with Dorie couldn’t have started with a better recipe for me than gougères, because not only do I already know how to make cream puffs / profiteroles, but these don’t even get stuffed with anything*, so I could just whip up something impressive and delicious, and barely break a sweat. Except that I couldn’t find my mixer’s paddle attachment, so I ended up beating the dough by hand. Good thing I have strong arms.
I joined French Fridays with Dorie because French food is all the things my mother embraced in her cooking: delicious, often buttery/creamy/cheesy, meals made with real ingredients and fresh produce. And love. Especially love. Try to tell me these don’t look like they’re full of love. Can’t, can you?
* These didn’t get stuffed with anything, but James is dreaming up ideas for stuffing them. So far, we have these potential combinations:
cheddar gougères stuffed with apple-spiked mascarpone
spicy gougères stuffed with guacamole
some sort of light cream-cheese thing inside of a smoky gougère
spinach dip or clam dip in just about any flavor of gougère
You can see that he’s an evil genius, no?
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I run The Mom Food Project, which was born out of love for my mom and a desire to preserve the recipes of my childhood, which didn't actually exist in written form until I quizzed my mom and wrote the recipes down.
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