I LOVE GOUGERES. I also loving saying gougeres, but I realize that I’m typing this and you can’t hear me. Otherwise you might hear me scream “GOUGERES GOUGERES GOUGERES!” over and over again for 3 hours. Or actually, only 1 hour, because that’s about how long these last in my house. These are delectable little hollow, crispy and golden brown cheese puffs and they really are addictive. Gougeres are made from pate a choux dough but instead of being baked and filled with cream, you mix in tons of gruyere cheese and freshly cracked black pepper. YUM! There’s a reason I call myself “Gruyere Monster” on my Twitter description. I love Gruyere, and these are some of my favorite little things to eat. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp butter, cubed
4.5 oz all purpose flour, sifted (3/4 cup+2 tbsp)
4 extra large eggs, beaten
2.5 oz Gruyere, grated (1 cup)
freshly cracked black pepper
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water for egg wash
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water, salt, sugar, and butter to a boil, and check to make sure the butter is completely melted. Take the pan off the heat, dump in all the flour, and beat it in quickly and forcefully with a wooden spoon. Woooo work that bicep! Put the pot back on the heat, and keep beating until the dough forms a smooth solid mass and has pulled away from the sides of the saucepan:
Remove the pot from the heat and scrape the dough into a clean mixing bowl. Add in the beaten eggs only a little bit at a time (I did 4 installations) and beat vigorously in between each addition, until the dough is smooth. Here’s what it will look like when you add the egg:
And it should look nice and smooth like this when you’re done beating:
Stir in the grated gruyere and add freshly cracked black pepper to taste (I put in a lot, because I love black pepper).
Now, usually pate a choux is piped out into little rounds, but I don’t see why one should go through the trouble. Piping bags are irritating and I’ve tested piped gougeres vs. dished gougeres and they taste the same. So just use a small #60 2 tsp disher to portion out little balls:
Brush them with the beaten egg to give them a nice golden brown sheen, and bake on a parchment paper lined sheet pan for 25 minutes, until golden brown and puffed. Devour and enjoy!
Pate a choux recipe adapted from Food Network.