Cheese Puffs

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk, divided
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Dash of white pepper
Dash of ground red pepper
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese, divided

Preparation

1. Combine 1/2 cup milk, butter, and next 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Add flour and baking powder, stirring briskly until dough pulls away from sides of pan. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let cool 5 minutes.

2. Stir eggs into dough, 1 at a time, beating vigorously until fully incorporated. Set aside 2 tablespoons cheese for tops of puffs. Stir remaining cheese into dough.

3. Spoon dough by level tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush tops of puffs with remaining 1 tablespoon milk, and sprinkle evenly with reserved 2 tablespoons cheese.

4. Bake at 400° for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; pierce the side of each puff with the tip of a sharp knife to allow steam to escape. Serve hot or warm.

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Laraine Perri,

December 2010