Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Cottage Cheese Pufflets
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was picked by Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes. This week’s pick is Cottage Cheese Pufflets. This is quite an interesting recipe. Most people, at looking at the title of the recipe, would think that it is a roll or bread or something like that. It was a surprise to me that this recipe is in the cookie chapter. A cookie made with cottage cheese? How interesting.
I have to say that I hate cottage cheese. I can’t even stand to look at it I dislike it so much. I figured that in this recipe the cottage cheese gets pulverized in the food processor, so I wouldn’t have to look at it too much so I figured I would give it a try. This is a quick dough that you put together in the food processor. The trick is that you have to refrigerate the dough for several hours since it is super sticky. I think this was the stickiest dough that I have ever made. I decided to shape it into discs and then put it in large plastic bags. I planned to roll out the dough in the plastic bags, since I had done that before and it had worked flawlessly.
I chilled this for a long time (an afternoon errand ran late) but it was still difficult to work with. I tried to roll out some of the dough inside of the plastic bag and that didn’t work at all since the dough completely stuck to the plastic. I scraped that and rolled out the rest of the dough on a floured surface and that worked better. The dough was still sticky but I was able to get about 20 squares out of the remaining dough. I filled half of the Pufflets (basically turnovers) with ginger preserves and the other half with pineapple mango preserves.
These were a little fussy to make, but they taste pretty good. I like the ones with the pineapple preserves the best. The ginger ones are a little too…earthy. They just don’t taste right. But the other ones were quite good. I was worried that the dough would be tough since I used a lot of flour to overcome the stickiness of the dough. They weren’t tough at all. Overall, these were much more of a success than last week’s recipe. I still had my struggles but I’m more encouraged by these than last week’s turnovers.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, pages 148 and 149.