One of my all-time favourite pastry mouthfuls, gougères make the perfect party food – make them ahead of time, reheat just before serving and watch them disappear!
- 1 quantity basic choux pastry, replacing 80 ml (⅓ cup) of water with 80 ml (⅓ cup) milk
- 50 g finely grated Gruyère cheese, plus 20 g extra, to sprinkle
- 1 egg yolk, lightly whisked
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Allow an extra 20 minutes for making the basic choux pastry.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Use a wooden spoon to beat the cheese into the warm prepared choux pastry until well combined.
Fill a large piping bag fitted with a 1.7 cm plain nozzle with the choux pastry. Pipe 4 cm rounds onto the lined tray, about 2 cm apart. Use your fingertip to spread a little egg yolk over each to glaze and smooth out any peaks on the rounds. Sprinkle each with the a little of the extra grated cheese. Sprinkle each gougères with a little water.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden and puffed. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
• The gougères can be made up to 3 days ahead of serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Refresh by placing on an oven tray and reheating in an oven preheated to 180°C for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
• To freeze, seal in an airtight container or snap-lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and refresh as above.
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Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Sarah O’Brien. Food preparation by Kerry Ray.
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