Basic Cheese Puffs
Let these savory little puffs inspire you -- serve them plain or use a pastry bag to fill them, cream puff style, with a mixture of softened cream cheese, snipped chives and smoked salmon. This recipe came from a little book called Perfect Picnics. You'll want to double the recipe -- they freeze very well and are great to have on hand for company.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 cup butter, cubed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 whole eggs, plus
- 1 egg yolk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon English mustard powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 cup finely grated well-flavored cheese, such as Cheddar
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the butter, salt and water in a pan. Bring to a boil.
- Sift the flour onto a sheet of waxed paper, then, off the heat, add it all to the butter and water mixture and stir it in very quickly to form a thick paste that leaves the sides of the pan clean.
- Return the pan to the heat and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon for 1 minute to dry it. Remove the pan from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
- Beat in the eggs and yolk, one at a time, then add the mustard, cayenne pepper and grated cheese. (I didn't have dry mustard so I used 1 teaspoon grainy, brown mustard. I also used a dash more cayenne for an extra bite.).
- Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and serve cold.