Makes 24 2" gougeres

Gougeres (pronounced goo/zhehrs) can be enjoyed as is or cut open and filled with a savory filling for a fun and easy appetizer. This recipe can also be used as a base recipe to make not only gougeres but cream puffs and eclairs as well. Simply omit the cheese and herbs, bake, cool and fill with sweet whipped cream or vanilla custard. In France, gougeres are often served cold when tasting wine in cellars, or served warm as appetizers.

Before You Start

Preparation Method

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F on Convection Mode with a rack set on position 3.

2. Pulse the hazelnuts in a food processor just until finely ground.

3. Add the flour, sugar, kosher salt, baking powder and butter and pulse to a coarse crumble.

4. Add the egg and vanilla and pulse till a soft dough is formed.

5. Divide the dough and roll out into two short logs.

6. Flatten each log until about 2-inches in width.

7. Place on a parchment lined pan and bake for 15 minutes.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

9. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

10. Slice the logs into ½-inch thick pieces and place onto the baking pan, cut side down.

11. Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

12. After 15 minutes, turn the biscotti over and bake for another 15 minutes.

13. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

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