The classic French cheese puff is called a gougere, which means savory
pastry with cheese. These little puffballs are a flavorful bite to savor
while enjoying a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.
unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces 1 cup water 1/2
teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 5 whole eggs 1 1/2 cups Comte
or Emmenthal cheese, grated 1 whole egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
Heat the water in a heavy saucepan to a boil. Add the butter and salt
and reduce the heat to medium. Add the flour all at once and vigorously beat
the mixture until it pulls away from the sides of the saucepan. Remove the
saucepan from the heat and add the eggs, one at a time, making sure the egg is
incorporated into the batter before adding additional eggs. Once all the
eggs are incorporated, transfer the batter to a bowl. Add the grated cheese and
stir the batter to incorporate the cheese. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon teaspoonfull portions of the
batter onto the cookie sheet or fill mixture with a pastry bag fitted with a
fluted tip. Pipe a small round of the pastry batter onto the cookie sheet.
Brush each pastry shape with some of the egg and water mixture. Bake the
pastries in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the
pastries from the cookie sheet and serve warm.