As easy recipes go, my quick cheese puffs rank among the easiest. To say they are deliciously satisfying comfort food would be an understatement… these cheese puffs are truly amazing.
And perfect for lazy movie-watching afternoons!
I’ve used spring onions in this recipe but semi-dried apricots or walnuts (or both) also work really well, as do chopped up pieces of apple (I just didn’t get any photos… maybe I’ll have to make some more – y’know, for photographic purposes).
Onions of all varieties also work, of course, especially pickled ones – although do be sure to drain, rinse, and dry them first to prevent the pastry going soggy.
Basically, if it goes with cheese, it will work for these cheese puffs.
Of course, these are in no way diet-friendly but as a scrummy occasional treat, the pleasure justifies the naughtiness. Mind you, there is nothing to stop you having a couple of cheese puffs with some salad as a main meal.
- Heat your oven to 200c
- On a lightly-floured surface, gently roll out the pastry until it's about half a centimetre thick, and cut into 16 pieces.
- Place a cube of cheese and a few spring onions onto the centre of each piece.
- Draw the corners of the pastry to the centre to make parcels. It's OK to have small gaps, as steam needs to escape.
- Brush the outside of each one with aquafaba.
- Place on a floured baking tray, and bake for 12-15 mins until golden brown. (The filling will ooze out a little, and the parcels will probably open a bit - this is absolutely fine though, and adds to their charm, in my opinion).
- Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool for five minutes before tucking in - trust me, you don't want a burned tongue!