Chouquettes salées au fromage de chèvre et fines herbes
* 40 g of butter, cut in small pieces
* 125 ml of water
* 75 g of sifted flour
* 1 to 2 eggs ( beat one egg only)
* 40 g goat’s cheese
* Some finely chopped chives
* Salt/ pepper
Preheat the oven to 225C/ Gas 8
Heat the water and butter in a saucepan. When the butter has melted and the liquid is boiling remove from the heat, add the flour at once and stir it energetically with a wooden spoon. The mixture must come off the sides of the saucepan and form a dough.
Add the whole egg and beat the mixture. Add some more egg and evaluate if the dough needs more egg; the mixture must form a ‘point’ on the finger and must be homogeneous.
Add the goats’ cheese, the chives and season; mix just enough to incorporate these ingredients.
Line a tray with baking parchment and form choux buns either with a spoon or a piping bag. Brush each bun with egg wash (whole egg+ water well whisked). With a wet fork, push down the point of each bun - this will allow each bun to rise evenly.
Lower the oven temperature to 200C and bake the buns for 15 minutes.
Tip: At the end of the cooking time, leave the oven on and open the oven door for 3 to 4 minutes - this will allow the choux to dry and avoid them collapsing.
Recipe provided by Isabelle, French tutor with Alliance française de Bristol and chef at La Cuizine