I made these Gougères for my daughter’s birthday party and my husband said they were amazing. I really liked them too and I also liked the fact that they can be made in advance and frozen… I am always on the lookout for these kind of recipes when planning parties and get-togethers. I am not very keen on having to cook everything on the day… I don’t want to be so tired that I cannot enjoy my friends’ company! So what are Gougères? They are baked savoury choux pastries traditionally made of choux dough and cheese. Today’s recipe though has been “Italianised” with the addition of Italian Prosciutto and the use of Parmigiano Reggiano! And they tasted amazing! Enjoy!
- Put the water and butter in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Remove the pot from the fire and add the flour all at once. Mix well to make sure there are no lumps.
- Put the pot back on the fire and keep stirring for a couple of minutes from when you hear the mixture “fry”.
- Remove from the fire and let the mixture come back to room temperature.
- Add the eggs one by one and keep stirring, make sure the egg is completely incorporated before adding the next one.
- Add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto and mix.
- Pipe onto a tray covered with baking paper. I suggest you use a piping bag without nozzle for this (or even a Ziploc bag with the corner cut).
- Bake in a pre heated oven at 200°C – 390°F for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve lukewarm or cold.
I suggest not to add any salt to these as both the cheese and prosciutto contain enough salt.