What is a gougère? The French pastry version of a cheese puff. Since I happen to love cheese and pastry, I made some this weekend. These are a type of pâte à choux pastry (the same type of pastry as profiteroles, éclairs, etc). For a traditional gougère I added gruyère cheese and spices to my choux paste. These little treats baked up with a crisp shell, and interior of air pockets surrounded by gooey cheese and tender crumb.
Gougères would be perfect little appetizers to serve at a dinner party. And even better is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen for quick preparation. Just pipe them into two inch balls on a baking sheet (or use a teaspoon) and stick the tray in the freezer. When fully frozen, transfer them into another container for freezing until it’s time for baking. Of course, I did not do this today, as I was eager to bake all the gougères and eat them right away.