Herb Cheese Puffs

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Yield: 22 to 25 puffs

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These little puffs are light and airy, and wonderful as an hors d'oeuvre, or as an accompaniment to a soup, stew, or salad.

Herb Cheese Puffs

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Yield: 22 to 25 puffs
Published: 12/20/2011

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Bread Dipping Seasoning*
  • 1 cup (4 ¼ ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • *Or use any seasoning blend that you have on hand. We like our Pizza Seasoning or herbes de Provence.

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.

2) Bring the water and butter to a boil in a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add the flour, salt, and seasoning all at once, and stir until a ball of dough forms.

3) Remove from the heat, and scrape the dough into the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat for 1 minute, to cool slightly.

4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating each egg in completely before adding the next one.

5) Mix in the grated Parmesan just until incorporated.

6) Using a piping bag fitted with a ½" tip (or a spoon), dollop the thick batter into 1 ½" mounds spaced 1" apart on the baking sheet; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.

7) Bake the puffs for 20 minutes, reduce the oven heat to 350°F, and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into one of the puffs reads 205°F.

8) Turn the oven off and leave puffs in the cooling oven for 20 minutes — this permits them to dry out a bit on the inside. If you prefer a moister interior, you can take them out right away. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Yield: 22 to 25 puffs.

Reviews

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  • star rating 03/21/2012
  • jme-jme from KAF Community
  • I forgot to add that we made these without cheese and spices, filled them with pudding. They tasted exactly like a creamy, pudding, pastry puff from the bakery!
  • star rating 03/21/2012
  • jme-jme from KAF Community
  • A friend of mine printed this recipe for me because she made these absolutely, amazing cheese puffs and my family and I loved them! I make these all the time now. I sometimes use the parmesan cheese, or omit for a different taste. I have used shredded cheddar cheese and still good! I use different herbs, but I hav e to say, our favorite is the Italian seasoning! This recipe should have a 10 star rating! It's a keeper for our family and a snap to make too!
  • star rating 01/06/2012
  • lcskow from KAF Community
  • So far I've just rated it on looks alone, because I haven't made it yet, but I have a question. In the recipe it states to turn the oven off after the baking time and leave them in the cooling oven for 20 minutes. Do you open the door a crack or leave it closed?
    You may leave the oven door closed for the 20 minutes. ~Amy
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