You may not have heard of baked goods like this. Their appearance is very reminiscent of round eclairs and they have something in common. Cheese buns from choux pastry, they are also "Guzhera" - French unsweetened pastries, which are served at home as a snack. Well, for us, they are more like a dessert, like lean custard cakes with cheese and a great treat for tea.
They look very appetizing and beautiful, they have a pronounced and unusual taste, which is difficult to compare them with anything. Sugar-free choux cakes are prepared from whipped creamy dough with eggs, to which cheese is added and then balls from 3 to 5 cm in size are formed, which are baked in the oven.
How to make gougeres, French choux pastry buns
Put chopped pieces of butter in a deep saucepan, melt, add water, add salt and heat.
Remove the saucepan from the stove, add the flour and replace the choux pastry with a smooth to moderately firm consistency.
In a separate small bowl, beat all the eggs and pour them into a saucepan with a creamy mass.
Stir the eggs until the dough is less dense and has a smooth and creamy texture, reminiscent of thick sour cream.
Grate the Swiss hard cheese "Gruyere" with a grater.
Add the cheese to the dough in small portions and knead the mixture.
Stir all the grated cheese evenly and transfer to a cooking bag.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the prepared custard on it in the form of small balls - 3 cm in diameter. Sprinkle with a little grated cheese on top and send to the oven.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the custard buns are lightly browned.
When ready, the gouges should increase slightly in volume and take on a golden yellow color and be covered with a cheese crust.
As such, cheese custard cakes are perfect with a glass of good wine or champagne, and this is usually how they are served. Also, there is a known recipe for French gougères stuffed with meat, mushrooms, ham, and even sweet stuffing, which are more suitable for a snack or for tea.