One of my favorite hors d’oeuvres that I never tire of making. This recipe is from Tartine but I made some changes in the baking time and temperature over the years. Allow yourself one hour from start to finish, after you have prepped the ingredients.
Makes about 30-36 cocktail size puffs, I use a 1 1/4″ scoop
1 1/4 c. water (or nonfat milk or half regular milk and water) Water works fine
5 oz. unsalted Butter
1 t. Salt (I used 1/2 t. Himalayan salt)
1 c. (5 oz.) Flour
5 large Eggs
5 oz. grated Gruyere cheese
1 t. Black Pepper, freshly ground
1 T. fresh Thyme leaves, minced
pinch of Salt
finely grated Gruyere cheese, or any other cheese for sprinkling the tops
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine water(or milk mixture) with butter and salt in a heavy saucepan. Place over medium heat until butter melts and mixture comes to a full boil. Add flour all at once and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 3 minutes. Mixture will be a smooth mass and pull away from the sides of the pan.
Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. * Many recipes at this point have you turn the mixer on and wait until the steam from the batter stops before adding the eggs. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on medium speed, incorporating each egg before adding the next egg. When all the eggs have been added, the mixture will be smooth and shiny. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in the cheese, pepper and thyme with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a pastry bag with a plain tip or use a small scoop. Pipe into 1″ mounds.
To make topping, in a small bowl, whisk the egg and salt together and gently brush the tops of each pastry. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake both pans at the same time, alternately shelves midway through the cooking process. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, reduce heat to 350 degrees (if you have convection-use it now) and bake for 15 more minutes, until they have puffed and are nicely browned.
You can poke each pastry with a skewer when cooked and let sit 10 minutes-it helps so the gougeres don’t deflate!
Delicious served hot or warm or are also good at room temperature. You can reheat in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.