Cheese Puffs

These small cream puffs are filled with a blend of cheese, herbs, and spices.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Cheese Puffs

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    Ingredients

    4 tbsp butter, plus more for the baking sheet 2 tbsp low fat milk
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for the baking sheet 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
    pinch of salt pinch of cayenne
    2 large eggs, beaten freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or sharp Cheddar, or crumbled blue cheese
    5 oz (140 g) low fat cream cheese with garlic and herbs

    directions

    Prep: 10 min Total: 60 min
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Bring the butter and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and quickly beat in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon. Return to very low heat and stir until the dough is smooth and very lightly films the bottom of the pan.

    • 2

      Remove from the heat and cool 5 minutes. Gradually stir in the beaten egg until the dough is glossy and thick. Stir in the cheese.

    • 3

      Butter and flour a baking sheet. Using 2 dessert spoons, drop 16 balls of the dough, spaced well apart, on the baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until puffed and golden.

    • 4

      Remove from the oven and use a sharp knife to make a slit in the side of each puff to allow the hot steam to escape. Transfer the puffs onto a wire cake rack and let cool.

    • 5

      For the filling, mix the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, cayenne, black pepper and Parmesan until combined. Split each puff open and fill with a teaspoon of the mixture. Serve at room temperature.

    notes

    Freeze empty cheese puffs for up to 1 month.

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