Cheese and chive puffs recipe

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serves: 16
Skill: medium
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 25 min

Nutrition per portion

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


    • 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


    • 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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