Since I feel naked if I show up to a party without food, it needed to bring some bites as well. I hauled a bunch of pepper jelly tarts uptown along with an entire load of Ina Garten's Gourgères. What a treat!
For those of you who don't know, Gourgeres are essentially cheese puffs. Cheese puffs sound unappetizing to me. The official name for these light, butter, cheesy snacks is Gourgeres. What do Gourgeres and Cream Puffs have in common? They're made out of the same dough! (kind of) Both cheese puffs & cream puffs are made with a dough called Pâte à choux or cabbage paste. No worries, there was never any cabbage in these babies. The French called this dough cabbage paste because they were originally baked in a way that resembled the cabbage plant. This versatile dough is typically made with only butter, milk, flour and eggs. It may be surprising to see these puff so...well puffy...with out any leavening. The puffiness is actually caused by high moisture content not baking powder,baking soda or egg whites. The same dough can also make beignets, french doughnuts, if you fry the dough instead of baking it. Look, you've learned something today!