Gougeres

Makes 24 50 mm 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 190°C on Convection Mode with racks set on positions 2 and 4.

2. In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, bring the water and butter to a boil.

3. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and mix until the mixture forms a dough.

4. Continually stir and cook over medium low heat for 2–3 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and continue to stir the mixture until it cools down and no more steam is coming off. The ideal temperature is 60°C if using a thermometer.

6. By hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the eggs one at a time, beating well. Wait between each addition to make sure the egg is completely mixed in. The dough should be very smooth and glossy.

7. Mix in the cheese and herbs, then transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.

8. Pipe out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Each gougere should be about 50 mm. You can also use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough out.

9. Wet the tip of your finger and smooth out the tops of each gougere if needed so there are no points.

10. Bake for approximately 22–24 minutes or until golden brown with a crisp outside.

11. Cool completely before cutting or serving.

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