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Cheese puffs with Nazareth cheese

Type: Appetizer

Ingredients for 4 people

For the pastry: 

  • 125g flour
  • 125g butter
  • 3dl water
  • 5 eggs
  • Pepper

For the filling:

  • 250g Brugge Goud or Nazareth cheese, grated
  • 150g butter
  • 2 dl cream
  • Black pepper, salt and nutmeg
  • Pastry: 
    Boil the water and add a pinch of pepper and the butter. Add the flour and stir briskly over low heat until you obtain a smooth paste. Take the saucepan off the heat and beat in the eggs until you obtain a smooth mixture.
    Butter an oven tray and dust with flour. Use a pastry bag to pipe puffs (diameter: 2 or 3 cm) or strips of pastry on the oven tray.
    Bake for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven (220°C). Do not open the oven while the puffs are baking. Let cool and slice the puffs in half. 

  • Filling: 
    Melt the butter over low heat, then mix in the Brugge Goud cheese (or Nazareth cheese) with ½ dl of cream. Let cool.
    Whip 1.5 dl of cream and spoon into the mixture. Add pepper and nutmeg. Spoon into a pastry bag, wait until stiff and then spray on the bottom half of the open puffs (+/- 1 cm of cream) and then cover with the top of the cheese puff.

  • Wine: this can be easily paired with a glass of port or a Madeira wine.