Gougeres (Cheese Puffs)

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6 tablespoons butter, cut into bits

1 cup water

pinch of salt

pinch of white pepper

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

6 eggs

2 cups coarse shred, gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a samll sauce pan bring water, salt and butter to boil. Remove from heat and stir in flour and pepper n. Reduce heat to with a wooden spoon reduce heat to medium and return mixture to heat. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon until mixture becomes very thick and a thin film begins to form on bottom of pan, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat and place in stand mixer set on medium-high speed. Add eggs one at a time, waiting until each egg is combined thoroughly. The dough should be the texture of thick mayonnaise. Stir in 1 1 1/2 cups cheese.

Line baking sheet with parchment, stick corners down with a bit of batter to keep parchment in place.

Place batter in piping bag and pipe the batter in about a heaping tablespoon amount onto parchment spaced at least 2 inches apart. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until tripled in volume and golden brown. Cool on rack and serve warm.

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