30 by 30: Gougères


I added pâte à choux to my 30×30 list because I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it—gougéres or profiteroles (filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, of course).  I ended on gougéres since I already had too many desserts on my list (and still have a few more to make, without much time left).  Of course, I don’t exactly need my arm twisted to make French cheese puffs, either.

Gougéres are puffy, pillowy cheese bites that taste wonderful but are so easy to make.  The dough looks a little scary a couple times in the process, where you think something has gone horribly wrong, but rest assured, it’s all part of the process of making pâte à choux.  When you first add the flour to the melted butter mixture it will almost instantly form a big clump of dough, which is very different than how you’d normally add flour to a batter or a dough. This is exactly what you want to happen, though.  Later, when you add the eggs, it will look like you royally screwed something up again, because it will get all lumpy, but it’s fine! After a minute or two of stirring, you are back to something that looks totally normal, and can be piped or spooned onto a baking sheet.

I used gruyere for these because I love it, and I think every time I’ve had gougéres, they have been made with gruyere.  No reason to mess with a good thing, right? These are really delicious and way too addictive. Since they’re so easy to make and can be made a bit ahead of time (I haven’t tried that, but I’m taking David’s word for it), they’re a perfect appetizer. Or, you know, the perfect dinner when you’re home alone and want to eat like 30 cheese puffs without any judgment.


30 by 30: Gougères

13 thoughts on “30 by 30: Gougères

    1. Katie, David mentions a couple in his original post, including Parmesan which would be great. I really love Romano cheese and know that would work really well in these, too.

  1. These look absolutely wonderful. I am not a great fan of gruyere, so the parmesan or romano suggestions sound like a great idea to me. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. What cute little puffs of air and dough and butter and cheese! They turned out perfectly! Pate a choux has always kind of scared me a little…and one day I will attempt to make it. One day.

  3. Those look great! Gougères have been on my list of things to try for sooo long. Thanks for the reminder – maybe I’ll actually get my butt in gear and make them!

    1. I haven’t tried it myself, but David Lebovitz says you can pipe the gougeres onto the pans and then just bake before guests arrive, or you can make them as usual and then reheat in a low oven for 5-10 minutes. Good luck!

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