Thursday, September 30, 2010

{FFWD} Gougeres

In 2000 my hubby and I went to Paris with his parents (they took us) and his youngest brother. It was an amazing trip. We saw the sights, ate a restaurants off the beaten path and stayed a a hotel that I swear was used in one of the Bourne movies. :) We also tried to order in French and not be the stupid Americans in a foreign country.

Some of the highlights of the trip were seeing the Eiffel Tower covered in lights, Marie Antionette's Hameau at the Palace of Versailles, Littlest brother eating a cyclops pizza and seeing Mona Lisa at the Lourve, shopping on the Champs-Elysees, and standing on top of the Arch de Triumph . Of course the food was amazing as well. Had I know about all of the fabulous chocolate shops back then I would have tried to go to those as well. That reminds me, I need to update my passport!

All of this to say, Dorie Greenspan has a new cookbook out called Around my French Table. There is a new club starting that is much like Tuesdays with Dorie only it is French Fridays with Dorie. There are no participation requirements and last I checked there were around 700 people signed up around the world to cook French food on Fridays. Dorie even selected the first months recipes. When I got my book I sat down with it and went through it. I am pretty excited about the book. There are a few things I may not try just because I am a wimp but I think for the most part we will like everything that I will cook. :)

This week's is the first week and the first recipe is for Gougeres. More easily said, these are cheese puffs. I can see filling these with cream and making cream puffs.
These came together really easily. I put the dough in my easy accent decorator and piped it onto my round stones. My hubster loved these and to did my kiddos. I used Gruyere cheese from the Publix deli. The gougeres kept really well and my kiddos took the leftovers in their school lunches for several days.

I will definitely be making these again. Make sure to check out FFwD Leave your Link to see how other home cooks did with this recipe. I am excited to see how the first week went for everyone!

12 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

These look great Karen! Can't wait to make mine tomorrow! - mary

Clivia said...

Your close up photo is lovely! I can't wait to make these again.

Jacque said...

I guess you piped yours? I like the way the piped puffs look... somehow more tasty! Nice job :)

KY said...

I like the 'pleats' on yours!

Jayne said...

Very pretty! I thought about piping mine, but decided I only wanted to wash spoons. :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Love the piping- these look great!

Serene said...

These are the first piped ones I've seen so far. Beautiful!

Flourchild said...

Yum they look pefectly wonderful! I have notmade these yet but plan too soon. So far I've made two meat recipes out of the new cookbook and they were very good!
I think this new group is going ot be a lot of fun!!

Lizzy said...

Beautiful, Karen! Piping them was a great idea...just lovely!

mike said...

Funny - I piped mine as well, but didn't thing they looked any different than others - but tasted just as good! These look truly wonderful - what a terrific 1st recipe huh?

spike. said...

wow- best school lunch ever!

Katrina said...

Your puffs look great. I can tell you piped them! My husband loved these even though mine deflated twice.