Well folks, Dorie Greenspan's new book, Around my French Table is out! And with it, a new group to cook along with the book -- French Fridays with Dorie. Of course I had to join!
Dorie chose the first month's worth of recipes herself, beginning with gougeres. They are basically cheese puffs, which begin with a pâte à choux, something that I have never even attempted. Hello! Where have I been? They were not nearly as daunting as I expected them to be.
The recipe instructs you to bring your milk & butter mixture to a boil, dump the flour in, and begin "stirring energetically." For some reason, I just love that description. Anyway, as soon as I dumped the flour in, my phone started ringing. Of course! I let it go to voice mail (sorry Mom!). After beating in the eggs comes the awesome part -- adding the cheese! Oh yeah. :) I chose cheddar because, honestly, it's what I had.
I followed Dorie's suggestion on freezing mounds of the dough before baking. I only baked about 1/3 of the dough this time. I enjoyed them! Sprout liked them too. D wasn't too fond of them, but then again, he ate one at room temperature a few hours after they were baked. I did prefer them while they were still warm out of the oven.
I really do love Dorie's books. The recipes, pictures, and stories are all wonderful. And so is she! :) So, I encourage you to check out the website, buy the book, and get cooking!