Cumin Cheese Puffs

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“Recipes by Clotilde Dusoulier, drawn from the book Chocolate & Zucchini”
1hr 13mins
40 puffs

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure all the ingredients before you start. Combine the butter, salt and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, add the flour all at once, and stir quickly with a wooden spoon until well blended. Return the pan to medium-low heat and keep stirring until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  2. Let cool for 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, stirring well between each addition, until incorporated. (What you have just made is a pate a choux). Sprinkle with cumin and pepper and fold in the cheese. The batter will be thick. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to a day.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the batter from the fridge, and use two teaspoons to shape small balls of batter (about 1 inch in diameter) that you will plop onto the baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between each. If you have to work in batches, cover the batter and return it to the fridge.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until puffy and golden- however much you want to peek inside, do not open the oven door during the first 10 minutes of baking, or the puffs will not rise well. Turn off the oven, open the oven door just a crack, and leave the puffs in for another 5 minutes. (This helps prevent an abrupt temperature change, which could cause the puffs to deflate, and nobody wants that). Transfer to a cooling rack for 5 minutes and serve warm, or let cool and serve and serve at room temperature.

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