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Cheese Puffs

Coastal Living DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
  • Cook time: 20 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes


  • 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


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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