Cheese and chive puffs recipe

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These tasty cheesy pastry puffs are a delicious savoury treat and easy to make. For more cheese recipes visit goodtoknow

Cheese and chive puffs
  • healthy
Serves16
SkillMedium
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories170 Kcal9%
Fat17 g24%
Saturated Fat10 g50%

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

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Method

  1. Put the butter and 150ml (¼ pint) water in a small pan, heat until the butter melts
  2. Bring the mixture to the boil, quickly add the flour and beat well, off the heat, to a smooth dough.
  3. Cool for 5 minutes, add half the beaten egg, beating well, then gradually beat in more egg to get a shiny pastry
  4. Add all but about 2 teaspoons of the cheese, and a pinch of cayenne or paprika.
  5. 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
  6. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and more cayenne/paprika.
  7. Bake for 25 mins, then turn the puffs over on the baking sheet and bake for another 5 mins until crisp.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Soften the cream cheese and mix in the chives. Season well.
  10. Pipe or spoon the filling mixture into the split buns.
  11. Serve on the day of making.
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