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Blue Cheese Gougeres

  • Yield: Makes 48
Blue Cheese Gougeres

Photography: Christopher Baker

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Champagne
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon bread flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Combine Champagne, 1/2 cup water, butter, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Immediately add flour, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and a film forms on the bottom, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a food processor. Mix 2 minutes to allow steam to escape. Then add 4 eggs, one at a time, completely incorporating each one before adding the next. Add cheese, and continue mixing batter until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as Ateco #807), and pipe into 1-inch rounds on the prepared baking sheets. Beat remaining egg and with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl; brush over each round of dough.

  4. Bake gougeres 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees and continue to bake until puffed and golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes.