French Fridays with Dorie: Gougeres

October 1, 2010

Bonjour and welcome to French Fridays with Dorie! FFwD is a new group that is cooking our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Read all about it on the FFwD site. Join us! The rules are easy to follow!

The recipes for October were selected by Dorie herself. How cool is that? (Answer: extremely cool.) I’m so excited about the first recipe, which is gougères. These cheesy puffs have been on my radar for a long time, but I’ve never made them (or eaten them) before. This recipe, found on page 4, is also the first recipe in the book. It’s in the Nibbles and Hors d’oeuvres chapter, which is the chapter I’m most excited about – there are so many delicious-looking recipes to try.

A little about the recipe: gougères are made with pâte à choux, which you might know as cream puff dough. But these take a savory route by adding shredded cheese (I used sharp white cheddar) to the dough before baking.

Oh my, these were delicious! I made half the recipe and baked half of those, which we ate with vegetable chowder for dinner. These were a melt-in-your-mouth delight. My husband loved them and said the look and taste was “100% pro.” I think that’s the highest rating in his unofficial food rating system. The unbaked ones are in the freezer, ready to be baked the next time we’re in need of delicious cheesiness.  These would be so impressive to make for guests.

The French Fridays with Dorie group is not publishing recipes. We all have a copy of Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan and you should too!


  1. I wish I’d thought to freeze some. Definitely will make them again. Love your photos!

  2. Congratulations on the gougeres!! They look absolutely perfect and delicious.

  3. Bonjour Jill (SO behind on my commenting – sorry about that)! Isn’t this a great 1st recipe? I loved making them – and yours look absolutely perfect. I froze most of mine – and they worked out great – that’s such a great idea.

  4. What absolutely gorgeous gougeres. I love all the little nooks in them.

  5. Mmmm, look at that airy, cheesy puff. Very nice!

  6. The gougeres look terrific! They sound like they’d be perfect with soup. I haven’t decided if I’m going to join the FFWD fun, but I definitely want to make these.

  7. Oh, you got such beautiful air in the puffs. Fantastic.

    This is going to be fun, especially with so many TWDers in the group.

  8. I froze some, too. Definitely a recipe I’ll make again. Yours look lovely!

  9. These look perfect! And your husband may not have realized he gave you the highest form of praise that any of us could want. That must have made your week!

  10. Okay, I know, I am behind on the gougeres and the Tarte Fine, but I hope to rectify that today. Hope. Your gougeres look spectacular…that little plate makes them so elegant! YUM…good thing I didn’t make them on Friday with guys out of town, I would have eaten way too many. They will be back today to help me out.

  11. those do look 100% pro! so fun to have Dorie select the recipes

  12. I know! I was so shocked that they came out so good and that I made them! I really want to serve up the rest to guests and impress the heck out of ’em!

  13. Your gougeres turned out so well! I liked them too.

  14. 1. That plate is gorgeous!

    2. I want to make those gougeres! They look tremendously good!!!!!

  15. Wow, your puffs look perfect! I had issues with mine, twice. But redemption was made. I just posted some sweet cream puffs that I made on Sunday that were awesome!

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