Gougères: How to Make Classic, Airy French Cheese Puffs

Posted: October 26, 2020 in Recipes

cheese_puffsGougères are little cheese puffs made out of choux pastry (the same dough you use to make cream puffs, eclairs etc.) and grated cheese.  They’re traditionally served at happy hour and are so addictive that we guarantee you’re going to make these over and over again!


To make about 20 gougères  (4 cm in diameter), you’ll need:

  • 3 ounces of whole or skim milk
  • 3 ounces of water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese, such as Swiss or Gruyère (if you can find it)
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper or chili powder
  • 1/2 an egg and a pinch of salt for the egg wash

Step 1

Boil the water, milk and butter in a medium-sized saucepan.

Take the pan off the heat, add the flour all at once then stir until you have a ball of dough.

Step 2

Place back on the stove, on low heat, and stir in order to dry out the dough.

Step 3

Place the dough in a glass bowl and slowly mix in the eggs, one by one. Mix well after each egg so that the dough becomes smooth and well-blended.

Step 4

Season with salt, nutmeg and chili pepper, and mix well.

Step 5

Add 3/4 of the grated cheese.

Step 6


Step 7

Place the dough in a piping bag. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, then pipe out the cheese puffs, you’re aiming for 4-cm diameter circles.

Step 8

Brush them with the egg wash.

Step 9

Sprinkle each gougère with the remaining grated cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 350° C for about 15 minutes, or until golden.

Step 10

Cool on a wire rack and serve.   Enjoy!

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