Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Avocado Gougères

Gougères are one of my most favorite things to make. They are delicious and take virtually no effort. They are spicy cheese biscuits that, if you cook them like I do, are super moist and melty. They're great.

Anyway, since my vegan days, I have heard that you can substitute butter for avocado in baking recipes. Today I actually tried it.

I made two notable changes here- I used whole wheat flour (which I don't think I like as much as regular all-purpose for this recipe) and, of course, the avocado. The results are not as pretty-looking as the ORIGINAL, but they are definitely healthier!

Avocado Gougères

Ingredients1/2 cup warm water 
1/2 medium avocado, well mashed
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded grated Parmesan

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine water, avocado, and cayenne pepper in a bowl and mix.
  3. Dump the flour in all at once and stir quickly until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add one egg and beat again until incorporated.
  5. Once fully incorporated and smooth, add the other egg and mix again.
  6. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the cheese and mix.
  7. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Use a spoon to make whatever sized balls you want. I usually get about ten, but I like 'em big.
  9. Top each with a pinch of the remaining cheese.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes at 425; then reduce heat to 375 and bake another 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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