Cheese and chive puffs Recipe

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serves:

16

Skill:

medium

Prep:

15 min

Cooking:

25 min

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 170 kCal 9%
Fat 17g 24%
  -  Saturates 10g 50%

These delicious cheese puffs make a great savoury alternative to your afternoon tea cake or a cheesy choux pastry treat that the whole family can enjoy

Ingredients

  • For the choux pastry:
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 75g (2½oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 30g (1oz) grated Cheddar or Parmesan
  • Good pinch of cayenne pepper/smoked paprika
  • For the filling:
  • 400g (14oz) cream cheese
  • About 3tbsp finely snipped chives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 baking sheets, lined with bakewell paper

Method

  • Put the butter and 150ml (¼ pint) water in a small pan, heat until the butter melts

  • Bring the mixture to the boil, quickly add the flour and beat well, off the heat, to a smooth dough.

  • Cool for 5 minutes, add half the beaten egg, beating well, then gradually beat in more egg to get a shiny pastry

  • Add all but about 2 teaspoons of the cheese, and a pinch of cayenne or paprika.

  • Set the oven to gas mark 7 or 220°C. Spoon 16tbsp of choux pastry (or use a 1cm/½in piping nozzle) on to baking sheets

  • Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and more cayenne/paprika.

  • Bake for 25 mins, then turn the puffs over on the baking sheet and bake for another 5 mins until crisp.

  • Cool on a wire rack.

  • Soften the cream cheese and mix in the chives. Season well.

  • Pipe or spoon the filling mixture into the split buns.

  • Serve on the day of making.

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