BEFORE YOU START: To achieve consistent size, use a portion scoop or a pastry bag. If using the piping method, use a pencil to trace circles on the back side of your parchment paper to be your guide.
KEEP SCREEN ON
- Preheat the oven to 375°F on Convection Mode with racks set on positions 2 and 4.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water and butter to a boil.
- Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and mix until the mixture forms a dough.
- Continually stir and cook over medium low heat for 2–3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and continue to stir the mixture until it cools down and it stops steaming. The ideal temperature is 140°F, if using a thermometer.
- 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.
- Mix in the cheese and herbs, then transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip
- On a parchment-lined baking tray, pipe a 2-inch gougère or use a cookie scoop.
- Wet the tip of your finger and smooth out the tops of each gougère to remove any points.
- Bake for approximately 20–25 minutes or until golden brown with a crisp outside.
- Cool completely before cutting or serving.