Vegemite gougères (Vegemite and cheese puffs)

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 65 mins

Cheese and Vegemite are a marriage made in heaven. Why not combine them in a choux puff?

Yields 30

Ingredients

250 mls (1 cup) milk or water

113g (8 tablespoons/ 1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4-6 pieces

1 level tablespoon Vegemite

150g (1 cup) all-purpose flour

4 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup grated cheese (typically Gruyère but I used cheddar here)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400˚F and  line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Bring the milk, butter and Vegemite to the boil in a heavy pot.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add all the flour at in one go.

Stir the dough vigorously and continuously with a wooden spoon - it will come together fairly quickly, looking a little like mashed potatoes, but keep stirring over a low heat until it becomes smooth (approximately 2 minutes).  There will be a slight crust on the bottom of the pot.

Place the dough in a large clean glass or metal bowl and use a wooden spoon to break up the mixture a little to release the steam. Do not stir.  Keep doing this for a couple of minutes so the dough loses some of its heat.

Once the steam rising from the dough has more or less subsided add one egg and stir even more vigorously than before using a wooden spoon.  When you first add the egg, the dough will look a little like you’ve made a huge mistake – it will be hard to incorporate the egg into the dough at first but don't worry, if you keep stirring, your dough will soon return to its mashed potato-like state.

Add the second egg and stir vigorously until the dough has come together again. Continue until all eggs are beaten in and the mixture is soft, shiny and elastic.

Add the cheese to the dough and mix until just folded through.

Using two teaspoons or a small cookie scoop form scoops about the size of a walnut in its shell (rounds of about 4cm in diameter), leaving about 4cm in between each puff.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning the trays from front to back to ensure even baking halfway through. The puffs should feel light and sound hollow when you tap them

Turn off the oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes on the tray in the oven and serve warm. These will be slightly wetter than a typical gougère on the inside but the mixture should have baked so the puffs are hollow.

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