Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gougères from Tartine

Posted by BAKE-EN at 2:23 PM

It was a beautiful fall day last year, when Joe and I decided to drive to San Francisco to get treats from Tartine. At the counter we ordered a plethora of items; quiche, croissant, lemon meringue cake, chocolate cookies and gougères. With our bounty in hand, we walked over to the park for a nice picnic. While sitting there, enjoying the sun; Joe said (holding a half eaten gougères in his hand) "Can you make this?" I replied "Yeah, it's just pate a choux with cheese and herbs." The look on Joe's face was of astonishment (at how easy I made it sound), and then hurt "why haven't you made these yet?"

9 months later (after moving from Napa to Boston), I picked up the Tartine Cookbook at my library. As soon as I saw the Gougère recipe, I knew I had to make it for Joe. Joe was like a kid in a candy store once I told him I was making them to go with our dinner that evening. The first thing he did was he ran to our local wine store and picked up a bottle of Domaine Roger Perrin Cuvée Prestige Veielles Vignes Côtes Du Rhône 2005 (long name, perfect pairing). For dinner that night we had grilled pork chops (thick cut) with a mustard-thyme sauce, a salad and the gougères. The wine, chops and gougères paired perfectly together.

The cheese I used:

Close up of the fresh thyme:

Here I am mixing the dough on the stovetop:

The dough after adding the eggs, cheese and fresh thyme:

The gougère before baking. I also made little greyere crisps to put on the salad (in case you're wondering what the little piles of cheese are all about):


Close up of some small ones that I froze:

The final, glorious product:

7 comments on "Gougères from Tartine"

Susie Homemaker on June 17, 2008 at 8:05 PM said...

oh woman - why?? why did you have to show me a variation on a theme? now I am going to have to try this and add chicken salad. also, too funny with the TWD pics - leave it to a man to pull that...and the swan - GOOD GOD. Great job!

kim on June 18, 2008 at 2:51 AM said...

both this and the other pate a choux look great! i am definitely a sucker for cheese, so i think i may have to try this one sometime :)

That Girl on June 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM said...

I made cheddar gougeres a couple years back and they weren't nearly as gorgeous as these!

Megan said...

Those look delicious! I made Ina Garten's cheese puffs and that's an outstanding recipe as well. However, I think I'll find that book so I can try that recipe too!

viagra on May 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM said...

It's easy to make it, the meringue cake is one of my favorites and I'll bring you a couples tips you should mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add a little water, mix until smooth and add remaining water. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk or wooden spoon, until mixture boils.

(L.) on July 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM said...

I also had them! so delicious!

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