Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cheese Puffs

Recipe No: 249
Visit to a Brazilian restaurant is something that I will never forget… with 13 different types of meat all grilled…all savory… and all with distinct flavors, carved in front of you... just for you...as much as you want... But before having this ‘Meat extravaganza’, one can eat anything from the salad bar which is bigger than the biggest buffet that I had ever seen and among them was this special Cheese Puffs. When most of the Cheese Puffs have Cheese in the batter, this one was special in the fact that the Cheese was inside the Puffs as a filling. We all enjoyed that delicious Cheese Puffs which encouraged me to recreate.
Ingredients                                          Makes 12
To make the Puffs
  • Milk……………………..............1/4 Cup
  • Salt………………………............1/8 Teaspoon (reduce the amount if using salted butter)
  • Pepper Powder……..............1/8 Teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter………..........2 Tablespoons
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida….1/4 Cup
  • Egg…………………………......….1
To make the Cheese filling
  • Cream……………………….........1/4 Cup
  • Grated Cheese………………......1/3 Cup (Use Cheese that melts like Mozzarella, Cheddar etc: I used Cheddar)
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F/ 204˚C.
  2. Heat together Milk, Salt, Pepper Powder and Butter together in a sauce pan on medium low heat until the Butter is melted.
  3. Once melted, crank up the heat and let the mixture boil.
  4. Once boiled, add the Flour all at once and mix really well as fast as possible. Continue this until the Flour comes together as one mass.
  5. Transfer this to a food processor and pulse it together with an Egg until really smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor use an egg beater, or you can do this with a hand whisk, but it is a bit tedious.)
  6. Transfer the mixture to a small Zip Lock bag.
  7. Cut one corner of the Zip Lock bag and pipe the mixture (in circular motion) as a mount onto an oiled baking tray. Press the tip slightly with a wet finger to make it flat. (or the tip will burn in the oven.)
  8. Bake it in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes (Don’t peak during this time.)  or until it is all puffed up and golden brown on top. 
  9. Switch off the oven and let the puffs sit in the oven for 3 minutes. These puffs will be hollow inside.
  10. Once out, fill it with the Cheese mixture.
To make the Cheese filling
  1. Heat Cream and Cheese until the Cheese is melted thoroughly. Add Salt and Pepper if you prefer. Transfer this to a sauce bottle.
To fill the Puffs
  1. With the tip of the sauce bottle make a small incision on one side of the Puffs and squeeze the bottle to fill the inner hollow part with some of the sauce.
  2. Repeat this process with the rest of the Puffs and serve it warm with a cup of Tea.
Notes:
  • Once the Flour is added to the Milk mixture, do mix it immediately to combine without lumps.
  • It is very important to maintain the temperature while the Puffs are baking. So don’t peak at all. Sudden changes in the temperature will lead the Puffs to fall. If you want to see the Puffs, do switch on the light and take a peek through the glass door (if possible) or wait for at least 17 minutes to open the door (slightly) to peak. Letting the puffs sit in the hot oven itself, after baking, for sometime will avoid the Puffs from falling.
  • While making Cheese sauce, you can substitute Cream with Milk and a pinch of Corn Starch/Corn Flour.
  • You can make the Puffs in advance, but do fill it just before serving. But don’t forget to reheat the Puffs by keeping in the hot oven for a few minutes before filling and serving.
 


Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

4 comments:

sojo said...

wow...great Asha... to come up wth something like this... really talented...Iam not liking the 9 days to go... O NO!!!! I look forward to ur recipes everyday...

Vimitha Anand said...

What a great recipe... Looks so very tempting...

Priya said...

Yumm, feel like gobbing some cheese puffs, simply irresistible..

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..that looks so cute and yummy yumm!!

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