I have wanted to try making gougères for what is starting to seem like forever. As they are dangerous items to have around, I needed a crowd to share them with! When we were asked to bring an appetizer to a friend’s birthday party, I finally had my chance.
Of course, the next issue was selecting a version to try. There was a cheese-topped choux pastry from Food and Wine, a version incorporating milk and less cheese from Ina Garten, or this super-cheesy version adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Mimi Thorisson. My description reveals how my final decision was made. 😉
Elegant and addictive.
Yield: about 50-60 cheese puffs
- 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 6 ounces (about 1½ cups) grated Comté cheese or Gruyère
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large egg yolk
- Preheat oven to 400°, preferably on convection.
- Bring butter, salt, nutmeg, and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until butter is melted.
- Remove from heat, add flour, and stir to combine.
- Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball, about 2 minutes.
- Continue to cook, stirring vigorously, until a dry film forms on bottom and sides of pan and dough is no longer sticky, about 2 minutes longer.
- Remove pan from heat and let dough cool slightly, about 2 minutes.
- Mix in whole eggs one at a time, incorporating fully between additions.
- Mix in cheese and pepper.
- Scrape dough into a piping bag fitted with a ½” round tip (#1A) (alternatively, use a plastic bag with a ½” opening cut diagonally from 1 corner). Pipe 1” rounds about 2” apart onto 2 to 3 parchment-lined baking sheets, as needed.
- Whisk egg yolk and 1 tsp water in a small bowl; brush rounds with egg wash.
- Bake gougères until puffed and golden and dry in the center (they should sound hollow when tapped), 20–25 minutes.
Note: Dough can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
Make Ahead: Gougères can be baked 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature; reheat before serving. Alternatively, the baked choux can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days; recrisp in a 325° oven for 10 minutes.
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