These savory puffs blend cheese into a basic pâte à choux dough. You can easily half or double the recipe. But it’s unlikely you’ll have leftovers—these airy bites go fast, especially when fresh from the oven. Liz Miller is pastry chef at luxury resort Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. She shared her gougères recipe, packed with Blackberry’s own Singing Brook cheese, with us. (Singing Brook is a nutty, buttery, Manchego-like sheep’s milk cheese made right on the farmstead.) Pair these with one of our 8 Bubbles for Any Occasion, recommended by Andy Chabot, head sommelier at Blackberry Farm.
Pâte À Choux
- 8 large eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- 1 ½ cups butter
- 1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt (3 grams)
- 2 ½ cups (312 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup grated Singing Brook Cheese* (or Parmesan) (100 grams)
- Sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ¼ cups water and next 4 ingredients to a simmer over medium heat, add flour, stirring with a wooden spoon, until mixture pulls away from the pan, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour into the mixer fitted with paddle, beat 3 to 4 minutes, allowing mixture to cool before adding eggs. Add the eggs, one at a time, until mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Mix to combine. When the mixture will sustain a “bird’s beak” when a small amount is lifted, it is ready. Add cheese and stir just until combined.
- Pipe out in rounded circles, about the size of a quarter, 1 inch apart on prepared pans. Sprinkle with more grated cheese and sea salt.
- Bake for about 8 minutes. Spin in oven for even baking, and then bake about another 5 minutes. Gougères should be puffed and golden brown.
Someone needs to correct this recipe: “.Pour into the mixer fitted with paddle, beat 3 to 4 minutes, allowing mixture to cool before adding eggs.Stir on medium heat for a minute, then add the eggs from above, a bit at a time, ” Doesn’t make sense.
Thank you for your comment! We reworded our recipe for some clarity. We hope this helps. Happy baking!
Hi! When is the cheese supposed to go into the recipe? It says “Sprinkle with more grated cheese”, but never says at what step the original cheese should be added. I’m assuming there is cheese in the Gougeres dough (pate Chou). Can you please correct? Thanks!
We do apologize! We have amended the recipe to include the cheese addition. For more Gougères and a beautiful guide to Pâte à Choux, check out our Bob’s Red Mill Better Baking Academy lesson: https://www.bakefromscratch.com/july-pate-choux-two-ways/ !
When does the cheese go into the mixture? The recipe says sprinkle with “more cheese” implying there’s already been some added. Did I miss something?
Thanks for reaching out! You are absolutely right that this had been omitted. We have amended the recipe. For more Gougères and a beautiful guide to Pâte à Choux, check out our Bob’s Red Mill Better Baking Academy lesson: https://www.bakefromscratch.com/july-pate-choux-two-ways/ !
It never says when to add the grated cheese to the dough, it just mentions sprinkling on extra cheese before baking. So when do we add the cheese to the dough itself?
Thank you for reaching out! We apologize for the misstep. This has been amended. Happy baking!