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Gougères on a tray and a bottle of Champagne with a kitchen cloth

Authentic Gougères (French Cheese Puffs)

Gougères are the ultimate wine pairing ally! These delicious French cheese puffs, native to Burgundy, are usually served during wine tastings in France. They complement a wide variety of wines, without altering their aromas and flavors. Whether you open a bottle of Champagne, a bold oaky Chardonnay, or a subtle and elegant light red, Gougères will get you covered! This is why they are a delicacy favored by the French for apéro.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



7 ounces (200 g) of comté cheese (preferably matured for 12 months or older)

1 cup (225 ml) of water

¼ cup (65 g) of unsalted butter

1 teaspoon (5 g) of sea salt

1 cup (130 g) of all-purpose flour

3 free-range eggs


Start by preparing the comté:

  1. Cut 4.6 ounces (130 g) of comté into tiny cubes (around ¼ inch / 0,5 cm large).
  2. Grate the remaining comté with a cheese grater.

Make the gougère dough:

  1. Preheat your oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. In a saucepan, pour the water, salt, and butter and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter has melted and the preparation is simmering, remove the pan from the heat and add the flour all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is roughly combined.
  4. Put the saucepan back on the heat and stir energetically with the wooden spoon for 4 minutes. Stir continuously and don’t worry if a layer forms at the bottom of the saucepan, this is normal.
  5. Transfer the dough to a large bowl (or the mixing bowl of your stand mixer) and let the preparation cool down for 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the eggs one by one until well combined. For this step, I recommend using a wooden spoon or the flat beater tool of your stand mixer. Make sure the previous egg is well incorporated before adding the next one. You should end up with a smooth, silky dough.
  7. Add the Comté cubes to the dough and stir until combined.

Bake the gougères:

  1. Using a spoon, scoop out small balls of dough (around 1.2 inches / 3 cm) onto a parchment-lined oven tray. Sprinkle some grated Comté on top of each gougère.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven until risen and golden. Gougères can be served warm or at room temperature.
  3. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite Champagne or sparkling wine!

Nim Keys

Drying out the dough for 4-5 minutes in the saucepan is essential for the gougères to rise and develop nicely once baked in the oven. Do not skip this step! 

  • Author: Ninon
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 475
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 1480.6 mg
  • Fat: 28.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.8 g
  • Protein: 26.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 205.7 mg

Keywords: gougères, cheese puffs, French appetizers, savory puffs