Hay, hay don't forget about Donna Day!
Just a little reminder about Hay, hay it's Donna Day: the Choux edition that I have the honour to host is approaching its deadline. I've received a bunch of great entries from lovely fellow bloggers but I still miss a few of you guys... (Yes you, I'm thinking of you!). Next Monday, June 9 is the last day to send your profiteroles, gougères, beignets or any version of choux you like. All late entries will have to send me a box of whatever you're baking. ;)
We'll be cheering our football/soccer national team together with some friends and family later in the afternoon when Portugal meets Turkey for the Euro 2008 football European Championships. Because I've been wanting to try gougères for a long time, and gougères make the perfect fingerfood for today's match, a batch has just come out of the oven. Don't know how the match will go (tell you about it tomorrow...) but the gougères are ready to go. Força Portugal!
Adapted from Saveurs, n.160 Avril/Mai 2008
½ cup (120 ml) water
½ cup (120 ml) milk
80 grs unsalted butter
¾ cup + 1 Tbsp (120 grs) all-purpose flour
½ cup Cheddar cheese, grated + ½ cup to top
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (360ºF). Place the water, the milk and butter in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cook, stirring over low heat until the mixture leaves the side of the pan. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese. Place in an electric mixer and beat on high, gradually adding the eggs until well combined. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, allowing enough space in between for the gougères to double size. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Allow to cool slightly in the oven for 3 minutes, leaving the oven door open. Cool on wired racks.