Sunday, 10 January 2010

Cheese puffs for a tea party

A friend of mine was stopping by for Saturday afternoon and so then I invited another one and what was a meant to be a simple visit grew into a serious tea party with 4 participants!!! Life is what you make of it, isn't it ?!
I did some searching in the recipe department of my brain and cheese puffs came up. Recipe that I once spotted somewhere and have wanted to try out. I chose David Leboviz's cheese puffs making some of my own adjustments to the recipe.

Cheese puffs

Recipe gives around 30 bite-sized pieces

125 ml water
40g butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
70g flour
pinch of chile powder
2 large eggs
90g of grated cheese

Put all the ingredients ready, because the mixing has to happen without any interruptions. Preheat the oven to 220 C.
1)Bring water, butter, salt, chile to boil.
2)Dump all the flour in and mix vigourously, until it comes together into a ball.
3)Add eggs one by one and mix fast again. Add next one only when dough has come into homogenous mass. Don't mind the lumps at the beginning, keep on mixing and it will become nice and uniform.
4)Now add the 3/4 of the cheese and mix well.
5) Put dough into a pastry bag. Press small cherry tomato size balls on the greased baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
6) Bake 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 190 C and bake 20-30 minutes. You want them to be nice golden brown and crispy. 5 min before taking them out, poke the puffs with a knife on the side to let the air out, so they can become crispier.

I didn't do the poking part and they stayed softer in the middle and still very tasty. You decide. Comment form all four participants was that the puffs were delicious.

Ready for the oven

As the tea party evolved the bottle of good Portuguese wine was brought to the table and that eventually led to a friendly snow fight out doors. Cheers to tea parties!


LittleRed said...

Those look absolutely delicious and what a great snack to have for tea:)

Unknown said...

I know. I'm glad I tried it out. They were the first ones to disappear from the table.

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