Before You Start
Using a portion scoop or a pastry bag is the best way to get the most consistent size. Make a guide for yourself by tracing out circles on the back side of your parchment paper before placing it on the cookie sheet.
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F on Convection Mode with racks set on positions 2 and 4.
2. In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, bring the water and butter to a boil.
3. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and mix until the mixture forms a dough.
4. Continually stir and cook over medium low heat for 2–3 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and continue to stir the mixture until it cools down and no more steam is coming off. The ideal temperature is 140°F if using a thermometer.
6. By hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the eggs one at a time, beating well. Wait between each addition to make sure the egg is completely mixed in. The dough should be very smooth and glossy.
7. Mix in the cheese and herbs, then transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.
8. Pipe out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Each gougere should be about 2-inches. You can also use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough out.
9. Wet the tip of your finger and smooth out the tops of each gougere if needed so there are no points.
10. Bake for approximately 22–24 minutes or until golden brown with a crisp outside.
11. Cool completely before cutting or serving.