Monday, October 24, 2011

Prepare Today Homemade- Cheese Puffs

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This is a recipe from my binder that I found when I was making all of our food from scratch.  I didn't want to feed my family processed food and so I had to come up with snacks for my children.  The Cheese Puff has a flavor kind of like a cheddar Goldfish cracker, but they are lighter and fluffier.  If you want a stronger cheese flavor I would suggest using a sharp cheddar or even have fun with it and make it with pepper jack cheese. 

You are going to need 1/2 C cheddar cheese (I doubled the recipe so there is about 1 C cheese) , 3/4 C water, and 2 eggs.  

Melt 4 T butter with the 3/4 C water and bring to a boil.  Then you will mix in 3/4 C flour and stir the mixture until it forms a ball.

 At this point you will need to beat in the eggs, 1 at a time until the dough looks glossy and well blended.  Beat in the cheese, salt, and a dash of cayenne.  

 Now this is where you will need to do as I say and not as I did.  I thought it would look so pretty to roll the dough into uniform, little balls.  Well, the recipe says to drop by spoonfuls onto the tray and that is what I should have done.  Rolling them into balls makes the dough kind of dense and you want a light, fluffy puff.  So OCD aside, just plop the dough onto the cookie sheet!!

 Bake them for about 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.  They are light, puffy and have an interesting taste.  They make a wonderful after school snack and I really like that there is no sugar and you could use whole wheat flour.

Cheese Puffs
4 T butter
3/4 C water
3/4 C flour
2 eggs (2 T egg powder + 1/4 C water)
1/2 C cheddar cheese (1/2 C freeze-dried cheese)
1 t salt
dash of cayenne pepper

Bring the butter and water to a boil.  Mix in the flour and stir until dough forms a solid ball.  Remove from heat and beat in the eggs, one at a time, until the dough is glossy and well blended.  Beat in the cheese, salt, and dash of cayenne.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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