FFwD: Gougeres

Friday, October 1, 2010

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Oh, Happy Day!  Dorie’s new cookbook has finally arrived!  I picked up my copy of Around My French Table last week and was in love before I got past the dust cover. The book is filled with over three hundred of Dorie’s favorite recipes, culled from her time spent in Paris. It’s the kind of unfussy, homey food that you’d find in any French home cook’s kitchen.   In true Dorie style, the recipes are very readable, with clear and detailed instructions accompanied by entertaining stories and suggestions for creative tweaks.  And, the photographs are perfectly droolworthy – food porn at its best!

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Of course, no new Dorie Greenspan cookbook would be complete without a large group of adoring fans waiting in the wings to cook their way through it.  There probably aren’t many who haven’t heard of the wildly popular baking group Tuesdays with Dorie.  For almost three years, this dedicated group of bloggers has been baking one recipe per week, in tandem, from Dorie’s classic tome, Baking: From My Home to Yours.  And now, TWD’s fearless leader, Laurie Woodward has done it again by creating French Fridays with Dorie.  That’s right.  Each Friday, a new group of Dorie devotees will be cooking a new recipe à la française from Around My French Table.

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The great part about FFwD is that the rules have been relaxed.  All you need to do in order to join is buy a copy of the book and cook along whenever you can.  Not having a participation requirement is kind of liberating, and will make it easier for more people to join in.  I’m all for that!  The group currently has over seven hundred members signed up.  Seven Hundred!!! This is gonna be very interesting!

Dorie has always been a huge supporter of TWD, and she is doing no less for FFwD.  In fact, she was kind enough to select all of the recipes for this inaugural month herself, including today’s pick, Gougères.

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Think of gougères as a kind of savory cream puff without the filling.  They’re made with the same kind of pastry dough, called pâte à choux .  The difference between them is that gougères are not sweet.  They typically contain cheese and sometimes, herbs.  Gougères are meant to start a meal, while cream puffs usually finish it.

Dorie’s gougères recipe very easy and virtually foolproof.  I whipped up these cheesy little puffs of deliciousness with three other dishes cooking, a house full of teenagers and a very curious puppy underfoot.  And, they turned out perfectly!  If I can do it – you can too.

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I’m really excited about being a part of FFwD, and I plan to participate as often as I can.  While, we’ve been asked not to publish the recipes, you can find them all in Around My French Table.  And, don’t forget to stop by the FFwD site to see what the rest of the group has done with Dorie’s gougères.

À bientôt!

26 responses to FFwD: Gougeres

  1. On October 01, 2010 at 1:26pm, Cristine said...

    Beautiful photos! Your gougeres look perfect!

  2. On October 01, 2010 at 1:28pm, Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread said...

    I really must get Dorie’s new cookbook! These gougeres look so good!

  3. On October 01, 2010 at 2:25pm, Nicole said...

    I love your puppy comment. No offense to Dorie, but two of mine became dog treats! Really, it is a compliment.

    • On October 03, 2010 at 11:38am, Susan said...

      I know what you mean. My Bella was sniffing around the oven the whole time they were baking. ;)

  4. On October 01, 2010 at 4:13pm, laurie said...

    Lovely post, Susan! So glad to have all my TWD peeps on this ride, too. Feels like home. ;)

    • On October 03, 2010 at 11:40am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Laurie! So glad you started FFwD. I’ve really been trying to do more savory dishes lately, so the group is perfect for me! :)

  5. On October 01, 2010 at 4:15pm, Joanne said...

    My book hasn’t arrived yet but I can’t wait to get involved when it finally does! I love seeing these dainty little gougeres everywhere! Too cute. Too delicious.

  6. On October 01, 2010 at 6:06pm, Rosa said...

    A promising book! Those gougères look fabulous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. On October 01, 2010 at 6:59pm, Coleen said...

    I made these last year and I was shocked how easy they are!!! Some times I think the name is intimidating.

  8. On October 01, 2010 at 9:00pm, Jacque said...

    Oh my, those look like sheer bliss! Very nice :)

  9. On October 01, 2010 at 11:18pm, Monica said...

    They were so easy and so delish! They lasted less than 45 minutes in my house before the were puff! gone. Your looks so appetizing.. that I may rethink and make them again.

  10. On October 01, 2010 at 11:42pm, Betty @ scrambled hen fruit said...

    I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make- yours are absolutely perfect!

  11. On October 02, 2010 at 12:21am, Margaret said...

    Oh, I want to add some herbs next time. I bet that would be fantastic. Your stack is beautiful.

  12. On October 02, 2010 at 7:01am, Joanne at Frutto della Passione said...

    I have always found it so amazing that Dorie is so supportive of this. I have heard of cookbook authors getting quite shirty when a blogger posts about one of their recipes, but she is just so gracious and generous. She must be a pretty great lady. I wish I could take part in these. I tried Daring Cooks for awhile, but time and difficulty of getting ingredients got in my way and I had to drop out, but I love reading your Dorie posts, always have.

    • On October 03, 2010 at 11:44am, Susan said...

      Lucky for us, Dorie is and always has been very supportive and gracious! You should try to cook along with this new group. Since the recipes are French, I’ll bet you’d have better luck finding the ingredients.

  13. On October 02, 2010 at 7:20am, Lucy said...

    Mmm your gougeres look just delicious! I look forward to seeing lots more posts around the blogosphere from ffwd! :D

  14. On October 02, 2010 at 8:15am, Lael Hazan said...

    Mouthwatering photos! You do Dorie proud! I’m HUNGRY!

  15. On October 02, 2010 at 11:05am, Karen@Mignardise said...

    Those photos! Can you please teach me how to take such gorgeous pictures? You’re so talented.

    • On October 03, 2010 at 11:45am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Karen! Hate to say it, but a lot of times it’s just plain old dumb luck! ;)

  16. On October 02, 2010 at 5:52pm, dorie said...

    I’ve loved your TWD posts and so I’m really happy that you’ve signed on for FFwD. It’s going to be a great adventure and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    • On October 03, 2010 at 11:46am, Susan said...

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Dorie! I’m very flattered that you’ve enjoyed my TWD posts. I’ve had great material to work with! Your new book is fabulous and I am truly looking forward to cooking my way through it. I’m also looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer Food! :)

  17. On October 02, 2010 at 11:20pm, Alessandra said...

    Hi!! Such a wonderful blog you have!!

  18. On October 05, 2010 at 7:58am, jayne said...

    “Oh Happy Day” – that’s exactly how I felt, too! Your gougeres look beautiful.

  19. On October 05, 2010 at 10:00am, Eliana said...

    hmmm – they look glorious Susan :)

  20. On October 06, 2010 at 5:56pm, nicole said...

    these look amazing. The photographs are beautiful!

  21. On October 07, 2010 at 8:04am, Jamie said...

    I can’t wait to see this new book! Love gougères and have been craving them lately! Yours are perfect! Mouthwatering!

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