I like the idea of Indy having those moments of sheer bliss when she tries something she loves, even though she’s only 14 months old. In Burgundy, France you can’t go to a restaurant without starting your culinary adventure with gougères. This is a mouth watering gruyere-based choux pastry bite, and and the perfect accompaniment to the incredible glass of Mersualt you are about to indulge in.

They are also fantastic for babies; and after all, you deserve that glass of wine after making them for your little person.

These can be enjoyed cold, and will store in the fridge nicely for a day or two, or freeze well. However I did a comparison with Indy on the fridge-stored gougères vs. the fresh-from-the-oven gougères; she ate both, but she devoured the latter. If your aim is to introduce your little person to that ‘Oh my god how can something this delicious exist’ feeling, then serve warm.

Gougères

Serves: Roughly 15 gougères
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Stage-appropriate: From 6 months – when your baby is eating cheese and bread, they are ready for gougères!
Freezer friendly: Yes 

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 oz of gruyere (this is traditional but you can use any hard cheese)
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Seasoning: to your taste and what you feel is suitable for your baby

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with baking paper
  2. To make the choux pastry mix the water, milk, butter and some seasoning on the heat. When it comes to a simmer, beat in the flour with a wooden spoon vigorously. A  dough will form after a couple of minutes,  which pulls away from the sides in a ball.
  3. Leave to cool and add the eggs, beating in one and a time.
  4. Add the cheese and nutmeg
  5. If you don’t have piping bags, scrape the mixture into a freezer bag, and cut one corner, or alternatively just use a teaspoon to portion out the choux onto the baking tray, in 15 equally sized rounds.
  6. Cook for around 20 mins or until the gougères are puffed up and nicely browned on top.

Optional filling

Gougères are delicious on their own but they are also the perfect cheesy vehicle for fillings. A favourite is smoked salmon pate which is simple and quick to make.

Serves: serves 2 adults 
Prep time: 5 mins
Stage-appropriate: From 6 months – smoked salmon is salty so just don’t use it as the base of the whole meal, but its fine in small quantities

  • 50g  smoked salmon.
  • 25g  cream cheese.
  • 1 tsp double cream.
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • A pinch of chives, chopped small 
  • Seasoning: to your taste and what you feel is suitable for your baby
  1. Mix all the ingredients together to form a spreadable mixture. Taste to adjust seasoning, chives and lemon.