Monday, March 21, 2011

Cheddar Dill Gougères

Cheddar Dill Gougeres recipe from cherryteacakes.com
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This weekend is Christmas! I know what you're thinking "It's March and you're crazy!" For most people holidays occur on set days on calenders. Christmas is December 25th, Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday in November, and the Fourth of July is so set as a date we forget it has a name. I bet that if I said Independence Day you'd think of a Will Smith movie instead.

Holidays for me are a little less set. My parents are divorced and my sisters live in Oregon with their mother so.... we reschedule holidays! Mom gets the real holidays, Dad gets a day near the holidays, and my sisters get the first day I see them before or after a holiday. So now that you're assured I'm crazy in a whole other way, I'll say it one more time: This weekend is Christmas!

I spent most of this last weekend shopping for presents for my little sisters. If you remember the kinds of gifts you wanted at 16 and 18....well, it's going to be a bit hard to convince either Jacob or Edward to show up with a bow on their head. Once you rule teenage heartthrobs out, it's a whole other ball game. What else is there? Clothes, shoes, candy with screaming children nearby, and pain killers, lots of them, full of caffeine that kept me up until 5 am.

A few good things came out of being wide awake all night: I read all of Alice in Wonderland, came up with a FUN present plan, and made gougeres for whenever I would wake up if I ever in fact fell asleep.

Gougeres are one of my favorite things to make. They are simple, fast (thought I had plenty of time), delicious, light as air, and one of the few things I don't feel guilty eating ten of in one sitting. Though shown here are the regular puffs, you can make four inch wide puffs for sandwiches, which I'll show you as a post when I'm back from my vacations. Don't hate me for being a tease, I just had too much time to think, and not enough stores open at 4 am to make them with!

So with that, a Merry Christmas to me, and an enjoy the gougeres to you! If you have any theme candy ideas from major world capitols let me know! I'll be gathering them through Wednesay!

Cheddar Dill Gougères


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup skim milk
½ cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
Large pinch of kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling
1 tsp. dill, plus more for sprinkling
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, bring the water, milk, butter and salt to a boil. Add the flour and stir until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan, and dries out a bit. Roughly two minutes.

Turn the dough out into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each one. Add the cheddar cheese, dill and pepper.

Transfer the dough to a pastry bag with a half inch tip (or a disposable bag with the tip cut off) and pipe tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets at least two inches apart.

Sprinkle with cheese and additional dill. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature.

The gougers can be frozen or refrigerated. To reheat, cook in an 350 degree oven for at least five minutes, or until piping hot and crisped. 

37 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! Happy new year!! I could eat a dozen of these. What a gift.

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  2. Merry christmas! These look yummy. I'm very interested in your theme present, let us know how it goes!

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  3. hmm... great combo cheddar and dill! they look fabulous and the pictures are wonderful as always! : j

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  4. YUM I love Gougeres! Your sisters are lucky- I'm sure they will love the themed present.

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  5. What a great recipe for Spring.....or Christmas .....or whatever! Love all your recipes!

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  6. These look positively delectable! I've never heard of these before, but now I'll be sure to try them out (how could there possibly be anything wrong with cheesy soft rolls with dill?). Have a Merry Christmas! ^_^

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  7. How great that you've worked the Holidays out - get some sleep and look forward to next year :).
    Delicious looking post, and good for you - overall!

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  8. Awesome! Will have to try them!

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  9. I love making gougeres. I will have to try out this recipe soon. What a creative holiday solution for you.

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  10. I really like the look of these, i have never made anything like it before, i will have to try them. So perfectly round and puffy. I hope you have a fantastic christmas, its about love, not about the date!

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  11. Well, Merry Christmas! :)
    The gougeres look wonderful!

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  12. Tbese buns look so yummy. I never heard about gougeres, so thanks so much for introducing a new concept. I will keep this recipe on file and try it sometime soon. Marry Christmas ;-)

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  13. I had these at a Brazilian restaurant - could not get enough!

    Can't wait to give these a try - though I'm a little afraid of using the pastry bag :P

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  14. Merry Christmas! Just one question, did you have to share these cheesey little morsels of dilly goodness or were you able to save the all for yourself? These look wonderful!

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  15. Merry Christmas to you! Looks dangerous. Addictive.

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  16. May the Joy of the occasion
    Dance in your heart thru out
    All the year!

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  17. Merry Christmas to you too and these beautiful gougeres!

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  18. I like your dish "Cheddar Dill Gougères"

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  19. Mmmmmm....one of my favorite flavor combination!I will be trying for an upcoming cocktail party!

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  20. Merry Christmas! :) Your gougeres are just gorgeous. I love the combination of dill and cheddar!

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  21. What a fun weekend! Merry Christmas to you and your sisters!

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  22. I have some cheddar I need to use up, I cannot wait to try these.

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  23. These are such beautiful treats. It's amazing how quickly they zip together.

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  24. Oooh yum I can imagine that these are addictively moorish. They look so delicious.

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  25. Hey whatever works for you! hehe...In that case MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a fabulous time and send some of these my way ;)

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  26. These would be great for family get-togethers. My next one is a christening so that's what I'm going to make them for!

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  27. Hey, Christmas in March? Sounds like a great idea to me! You'll have so much fun, I'm sure!

    These gougeres look awesome and I can't wait for the sandwich versions!

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  28. I made my first batch of gougeres a few months ago and was thrilled with how they turned out... and my guests went crazy over them. These look incredible and make me want to rush home to make another batch.

    And congrats on being on the Top 9 today! Woo hoo!

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  29. This looks like something I really need to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. So cute! And these look so tasty?

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  31. Gosh, I thought this recipe looked familiar. It's almost a direct lift, word for word, of Emeril Lagasse's recipe on foodnetwork.com. Give credit where it's due.

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  32. dear anonymous i did not know emeril made cheddar dill gougeres. there are only so many ways to make choux. one to be exact. all choux based recipes have nearly the same instructions and in no way would i copy or did i copy without credit. cheddar and dill is a common combination. my choux recipe is my regular recipe chouxsans whole milk and adding vheddar and dill. you are mistaken and i am deeply embarassed for you. i remembered my roomates cheddar dill scones and went to work on my own. thank you for visiting and commening.

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  33. I made these and posted pictures over at my blog! Thanks for the recipe!
    <3

    healthfulandcerebral.blogspot.com

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  34. These look delish! And I am a big fan of celebrating holidays on "off days" wierd to the rest of the world, but fun when you dont have to shell out crazy dough to fly aoround the holidays!

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  35. It's really great that you've worked the Holidays out yourself.

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