Gruyere Gougeres

One of the things that I adore about my closest friends is their passion for food. When I hang out with the girls, the conversation always ends up with the same subject. We talk about making it, where the best restaurants are, what I’m going to bake next and how good food is in general.

My friend Anna who now lives in Amsterdam sent me an email to issue me a bit of a challenge. She wanted me to make Gougeres. See Anna is as passionate about cooking and baking as I am. The only thing holding her back is the one thing that I don’t think I can live without. An oven… The place that Anna and her fiancĂ© are staying at doesn’t have an oven.

So here you go my friend.. I tried to do my best to take good photos… Enjoy and if I was you Anna. I would knock on the neighbours door and ask them if you can use their oven so you can start cooking again.

Gougeres are French cheese puffs made from choux pastry and a semi hard cheese. It’s extremely delicious. I used Gruyere for this recipe.

This is a David Lebovitz recipe



1/2 cup (125ml) water
3 tablespoons (40g) butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of chilli powder
1/2 cup (70g) flour
2 large eggs
12 chives, finely-minced
3/4 cup grated cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 220C Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
2. Heat the water, butter, salt, and chili or pepper in a saucepan until the butter is melted.
3. Dump in the flour all at once and stir vigorously until the mixture pulls away from the sides into a smooth ball. Remove from heat and let rest two minutes.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring quickly to make sure the eggs don't 'cook.' The batter will first appear lumpy, but after a minute or so, it will smooth out.
5. Add about 3/4 of the grated cheese and the chives, and stir until well-mixed.
6. Scrape the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a wide plain tip and pipe the dough into mounds, evenly-spaced apart, making each about the size of a small cherry tomato.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 190C and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until they're completely golden brown.

The Gougeres are a perfect snack. If you want to make them a little fancy just serve it with some white sauce with Ham and Chives. Delicious....

dave -nibbleanibble (February 20, 2010)  

That is it possible to live without an oven?

Skip to Malou (February 20, 2010)  

i never had Gougeres before...the white sauce and ham and chives sounds good... i want to take a bite right now heheh!

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Trisha (February 21, 2010)  

Oohhh I love those savoury cheesy crispy balls dunno what they're called but I'm thinking they'd be about the same as these... yummmeeeee!!!

♥peachkins♥ (February 21, 2010)  

I haven't tried looks so good..

MaryMoh (February 21, 2010)  

These look very delicious. Beautiful combination. Must be very flavourful. I can eat many pieces :P

Von (February 21, 2010)  

I couldn't live without an oven either!
I've never heard of these before- but they look really good!

panda (February 21, 2010)  

these look good cooked and even when they're not even in the oven :)

Ellie (February 22, 2010)  

I love David Lebovitz's recipes! Your gougeres looks really really good :)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (February 22, 2010)  

These look so goopy and delicious! Is the recipe missing a step though? Do you put the other 1/4 grated cheese and chives on top before baking?

Poor Anna, I wish she has some oven joy soon. I second the idea to start doorknocking!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella (February 22, 2010)  

Yum! I love gougeres and they're such a good cocktail party snack. LOL at knocking on the neighbour's door! :P

Chef Aimee (February 23, 2010)  

I made choux once in a cooking class and am still scared to tackle it on my own! I am impressed! :)

muffinsareuglycupcakes (February 23, 2010)  

the perfect snack indeed!
i can imagine gobbling these in front of the tv :P
hahaha @ the neighbour part!

Y (February 23, 2010)  

Oh I love gougeres! Addictive and lethal cheesy puffs that they are.

A cupcake or two (February 26, 2010)  
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Rita S Bellnad (February 27, 2010)  

aww... this is so tempting.... (gulps) I don't mind answering your friend's challenge too... chives and cheese such a best friend

Tangled Noodle (February 28, 2010)  

Just the gougeres alone look wonderful, but that sauce just takes it to another level entirely! I could eat dozens of these.

The Gourmet Traveller (March 01, 2010)  

Yum!! Wow - these look amazing!

Viagra Online (September 17, 2010)  

how wonderful looks all this pastries, I really believe that I am going to prepare this delicious recipe, I am going to prepare it right away at home just to see my family happy and very pleased with this cake.

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