Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

Some of my favorite desserts are eclairs and creampuffs. If I ever make some version of them you know I will be eating most of the final product myself. And to be honest I will totally have some of the raw choux too… 😬 Anyhow, for a while now I wanted to make a savory version of a cream puff and fill it with cheese. I LOVED the goats’ cheese spread I used in my spiral vegetable tart so I made a pipable version of that as the filling. Creamy goats’ cheese, with a zing of lemon, the bite of garlic, salt and pepper for more flavor and minced parsley for color and a bit of extra depth. These were addictively good, like make multiple batches for a party and people will inhale them. If you have any little helpers in the kitchen, piping the dough and making and piping the filling are really easy and would be a fun little assembly line.

Cheese Puffs

Savory puffs filled with creamy goats' cheese flavored by parsley, lemon and garlic.  

Servings 60 puffs

Ingredients

For the Choux

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs Plus an extra for egg wash
  • 3 tbsp pecorino romano

For the Filling

  • 16 oz goats' cheese room temperature
  • 3 tbsp minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together all of the ingredients until combined and smooth. You may adjust the amount of cream as some brands of goats' cheese are smoother than others. The filling should be pipable but not runny. You may make the filling a day or two in advance and refrigerate. 

For the Pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 

  2. In a medium saucepan bring the water, salt, sugar and butter to a rolling boil. 

  3. When it boils, immediately take the pan off the heat. Stirring with a wooden spoon, add all the flour at once and stir hard until all the flour is incorporated, 30 to 60 seconds. Return to the heat and cook, stirring for about 30 seconds.

  4. Scrape the mixture into a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer). Mix at medium speed. With the mixer running, add 4 eggs, 1 egg at a time. Stop mixing after each addition to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth and glossy and the eggs are completely incorporated. The dough should be thick, but should fall slowly and steadily from the beaters when you lift them out of the bowl. 

  5. Pipe one inch dollops onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Tap down the points with a wet finger. Brush lightly with an egg wash and then sprinkle with the pecorino romano.

  6. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Or until golden brown. If your puffs need additional time, lower oven temp to 375F.

  7. Once cooled, poke a hole into the bottom of each puff and then pipe in the filling. 

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The choux is actually quite simple to make. Boil the water, salt sugar and butter then dump in the four in and stir. Well thats the beginning at least.

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I piped small one inch dollops. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to get them super uniform.

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Tap the points down using a wet finger. Quick egg wash and sprinkle with  Pecorino Romano. I gave the cheese a few pulses in the food processor to get a fine crumble.

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The puffs should be golden brown when they come out of the oven. Watch them carefully because they go from under-cooked to perfect to burnt quickly!

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Poke a hole in the bottom of each puff then fill with the cheese mixture.

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I couldn’t resist making a miniature version of a croque en bouche on my little cupcake stand.

 

 

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