Wednesday 3 July 2013

Cheesy Gougères

Choux pastry or pâte à choux is a pastry that I have tried the maximum number of times and failed the maximum number of times as well. It contains only 4 basic ingredients-eggs, flour, butter and water and employs the high moisture content to create steam during cooking to puff the pastry, leaving a hollow center and light texture. Choux pastry is used to make Profiteroles, Eclairs and cream puffs. It can also be used for savoury pastries such as Gougères.
Though normally baked, very interestingly, the same pastry is also fried as in making churros and also boiled to make Marillenknödel, a sweet apricot dumpling (in that case it does not puff, but remains relatively dense)
Choux pastry has a reputation for being difficult to master, and rightly so as half of my attempts have failed to puff up. The pastry relies heavily on the technique and there are a few things to be kept in mind always. Here are some pointers that I have learnt from all my blunders
  • Turn the oven on before starting anything. A pre-heated oven is essential to raise and cook the pastry. 
  • Keep all your ingredients ready eg: whisk egg, sift flour. (In this recipe keep grated cheese ready).
  • DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN while the pastry is cooking. It will hinder the puffing and they will collapse.
Baking Partner's challenge for this month was Eclairs or Gougères. Having attempted Eclairs before, I chose to try the savoury cousin. Everytime I bake choux pastry, I actually cross my fingers and pray to the Baking God to make the pastry rise. Thankfully, this time it was successful and we enjoyed this savoury version with a dash of mayonnaise and mustard sauce as a filling.

Recipe Source :

Ingredients: I have halved the quantity
  • 1/4 cup+1/2 tbsp water
  • 1.1 ounce unsalted butter(2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • a pinch of pepper powder
  • 1/4 cup+1 1/4tbsp All purpose flour, sifted
  • 75 gms eggs, whisked(A little more than 1 standard egg)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese(I used Amul processed cheese)
Procedure :
Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius.
Prepare a baking pan lined with lightly greased aluminium foil.
Combine water, butter, salt and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir till butter melts. Once butter has melted, increase the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
Remove from heat and stir in all the flour, at once, with a wooden spoon.
Continue to stir for 1-2 mins till mixture has a paste like consistency.
Place the pan over medium heat and stir rapidly for 1 min, till dough pulls away from sides and bottom of the pan and dough looks glossy and smooth.
Let the pan cool, till you can touch the bottom with a finger.
Add whisked egg, a tbsp at a time, and beat well till absorbed before adding more. (You may not require to add in all the egg.)
Continue adding till when lifted with the wooden spoon, the batter falls off in 1-2 second delay in a triangular way.
Add grated cheese and mix lightly.
Put the batter in a pastry bag and pipe balls 1" in diameter onto the aluminium foil.
Bake for 10 mins(for the pastry to puff up), then reduce the temp to 176 degree Celsius and bake for another 20 mins(for the pastry to get cooked)

Linking to Bake fest#21 brainchild of Vardhini
Happy Choux Pastry eating


  1. the gougeres look very nice Amrita !

  2. Wonderfully baked dear. Cute and yummy gougeres!

    today's post:

  3. Wow it looks amazing. Very tempting.

  4. They look perfect Amritha :) Nicely puffed up & with the perfect texture !

  5. Stunning and prefectly baked gougeres,mindblowing.

  6. Tempting clicks . Looks yummy

  7. Delicious gougeres Amrita,You did very well, I will link it to the linky tool.

  8. Amrita as always, I admire your baking skills and expertise each time you come up with something different and classy. Great recipe and very helpful tips that you have come out with from your own experience.

  9. Hi Amrita, your gougeres look nicely puffed up! Great job.

  10. im in love with cheesy n inviting

  11. Hi Amrita, this is absolutely delicious. The filling look tempting.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. hi, first time here, you have a great space, and the gougeres are looks yum yum !!
    do visit my space sometime.

  13. omg.... so cheesy and cheesy... should definitely melt in mouth...

  14. absolute delish....check out cheese kachoris

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  15. These little Cheesy Gougères looks so cute and light. Now you've got me craving for some. :) Can't wait to try them out.

  16. Made to perfection and I am simply delighted to see the outcome. And of course I can't resist the flavor of cheese.

  17. I recently made pate a choux for profiteroles and cream puffs. I made gougeres once but must've used the wrong cheese 'cause it had very little flavor. Yours looks perfectly delicious!



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