Gougeres with drinks*
Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza
Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza
Best -Ever Chocolate Cake with Berry Coulis
Makes about 24, depending how big you make them
Instructions below use an electric hand mixer. If you don't have one, beat with a wooden spoon instead but your arm will get tired. I didn't take a photo of these, but there's a good photo here
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1 cup flour
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups finely grated cheese - Gruyere is traditional, I used a mixture of Parmesan and sharp white cheddar
Add the eggs one at a time, beating with mixer on low until combined between each addition. Stir in the cheese. Fill a small glass with warm water. Using a soup spoon (I think those are what the big ones are called that come with your cutlery set), scoop a heaping spoonful of dough. Dip another spoon in the warm water, then use this spoon to drop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat, dipping spoon in water each time. Alternatively, dough can be piped onto baking sheet. Dough doesn't have to be spaced too far apart- gougeres will puff up, not so much out.
Bake 25-30 minutes- until puffed up and golden brown. Pierce the side of each puff with a paring knife after removing pan from oven- this will let the steam out so that they don't get soggy and/or deflate.
*the French drink these with champagne, but apparently they are also great with beer (I don't even drink beer when I'm not pregnant, so I wouldn't know)
TOMATO, FRESH MOZZARELLA, AND BASIL PIZZA
- 1 pizza dough
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes- either fresh or from a can (I use PC Blue Menu Diced Tomatoes for everything)
- 1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1 large clove garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 6 or so large leaves basil, thinly sliced (julienned, if you will)
BUFFALO CHICKEN AND BLUE CHEESE PIZZA
- 1 pizza dough (I used a whole wheat dough- the ingredients will stand up to this more full flavored dough)
- 2 small or 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
- salt and pepper, to season chicken
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 tbsp Franks Red Hot Sauce
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (not fresh mozzarella)
Heat oven to 425 degrees F with rack on bottom setting. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook in frying pan with oil over med-high heat until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Remove chicken to a cutting board and cool slightly. Roll dough as thin as you can and transfer to a pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread with hot sauce. Slice chicken thinly across the grain, spread evenly on pizza. Scatter blue cheese and green onions. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are browned and crisp. Cool 5 minutes before slicing.
BEST-EVER CHOCOLATE CAKE
Go to Molly Wizenburg's blog Orangette for the recipe. I originally found the recipe in her book A Homemade Life. It was her wedding cake. Yum.
For the chocolate component, I use 2 oz unsweetened chocolate + 5 oz Hershey's dark chocolate chips
This cake will keep 3 days at room temperature, or up to 5 days in the fridge. It won't last that long though. I suggest making this when you have people coming over that can help you eat it so that you and your husband don't polish it off yourselves within 3 days (not like that happened the first time I made this or anything)
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (fresh works too- I just always have frozen berries on hand)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Strain through fine-meshed sieve.