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gougÈres aka cheese puffs

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Deliciously cheesy, these are perfect for entertaining! They make great hors d’oeuvre for your event!

yield 36 gougères
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For gougÈres aka cheese puffs

  • 1 c
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
  • 4 lg
    free-range eggs, room temperature
  • 1 lg
    egg white, room temperature
  • 2 tsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 c
    gruyère cheese (substitute sharp cheddar or comté cheese), grated
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 tsp
    dried rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1
    egg wash (1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp. water)

How To Make gougÈres aka cheese puffs

  • 1
    In a bowl, whisk flour and salt together; set aside.
  • 2
    In a saucepan over medium heat, add shortening and water; bring to a boil.
  • 3
    When melted, add flour and stir vigorously until it releases from the sides of the pot and forms a ball, about 2 minutes.
  • 4
    Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat the dough on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Let it cool for 3 minutes.
  • 5
    Preheat oven to 425ºF and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • 6
    On medium speed, add 1 egg at a time and mix well between each addition. Add the egg white and process for 30 seconds.
  • 7
    Add Dijon, cheese, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Mix until combined, cleaning the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
  • 8
    Using a portion scoop of about 1 tablespoon, measure the dough out and drop it onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each.
  • 9
    At this point, the dough can be refrigerated or frozen otherwise, brush the egg wash on each dough ball.
  • 10
    Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 3 minutes.
  • 11
    Reduce heat to 350ºF and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed and golden - DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR under any circumstances! If the dough is frozen, leave them in the oven for an extra 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 12
    Remove from the heat and serve immediately. Makes 36 gougères.
  • 13
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