Filled Cheese Puffs

Filled Cheese Puffs

Follow the method to the letter and you will be rewarded with a surprising number of feather light, delicious little puffs.

You will need:
Cheese Puffs
  • 100 g (100 ml) butter
  • 150 ml boiling water
  • 70 g (150 ml) cake flour
  • ½ t (2.5 ml) Ina Paarman’s Seasoned Sea Salt
  • 60 g (150 ml) grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 extra large eggs
Fillings
Basil Pesto
  • 125 g smooth cottage cheese
  • ½ t (2.5 ml) Ina Paarman’s Seasoned Sea Salt
  • 3 T (45 ml) Ina Paarman’s Basil Pesto
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish
Red Pepper Pesto and Tomato
  • 125 g smooth cottage cheese
  • 3 T (45 ml) Ina Paarman’s Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
  • ¼ t (1 ml) Ina Paarman’s Chilli & Garlic Seasoning
  • 4 pieces of Ina Paarman’s Sun-dried Tomato Quarters, snipped into strips for garnishing
Method

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 220°C. Melt the butter in the water and bring to the boil. Stir in the flour, salt and cheese simultaneously, with a wooden spoon stir vigorously, until the mixture comes away from the side of the saucepan. Remove from the stove. Allow to cool slightly, spoon into a processor with steel blade fitted. Add the eggs one at a time and continue processing until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Spoon heaped half teaspoonfuls of the batter onto baking paper, about 30 mm apart, and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for a further 15 minutes. Cut a small slit in the side of each puff to allow the steam to escape. Leave to cool before storing in an airtight container. To fill, slit open and pipe in fillings.

Fillings

Mix the ingredients for the 2 fillings together, separately.

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