Making Gougères

A gougère, in French cuisine, is a savory choux pastry with cheese. Grated cheese may be mixed into the batter, cubes of cheese may be pushed into the top, or both. Gougères are sometimes called cheese puffs in England. Here’s how to make Gougères–just follow this recipe:

2 cup milk
1/2 C. butter
2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
2 C. flour
8 eggs
6 oz. Swiss cheese

Scald milk. Just before it boils, add the butter, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and all at once add flour. Stir over heat until it forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat eggs in one at a time. Stir in cheese. Drop by “spoonful” onto greased pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350.

Here’s some pictures, for the visually oriented:

Scalded milk, ready for butter.

Making Gougères

Scald the milk

Once the butter’s melted, dump in the flour. Add the eggs, ONE AT A TIME. You really have to beat the daylights out of it!

Making Gougères

Beat that dough!!!

OK. I’ve got the flour and the eggs in. This looks good. If you’re not too tired, beat it for another minute or two, to “dry” the pastry. It gives it a better “puff”. We’re ready to add the cheese to the party.

Once you’ve got the cheese incorporated, drop the batter out on greased cookie sheets. I use a 1/4 cup measure. Put them in a 350F oven for 45 minute. Keep your eye on them, but don’t open the oven door!!!

Making Gougères

Portioned out for baking

Success! Take them to a diner party and WOW all your friends.

Making Gougères

Golden, Brown, and Delicious!

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.


  1. Can I use 4 eggs instead of 8

  2. They looked good I would lto make them. Do you grease the cooking sheet or not

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