What is Fika?

What is Fika?

In Swedish tradition, Fika is a break - a pause - in your day to indulge in the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee or tea, some sweets or pastries, and time shared with friends and loved ones.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Black Pepper, Sweet Basil and Cheddar Gougères

(Adapted from Good Housekeeping's Illustrated Cookbook)


1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Freshly-ground black pepper
Dried sweet basil

  1. Heat water, butter, and salt until boiling.
  2. Add flour at once.
  3. Stir constantly, over heat, until dough comes away from sides. Remove from heat.
  4. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, stirring between each until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, freshly-ground black pepper, dried sweet basil, and paprika. Stir until combined.
  6. Spoon or pipe onto baking sheet. Bake @ 375°F for 50 minutes, or until golden.
Best enjoyed fresh from the oven. For any leftovers, simply toast lightly before serving.

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