ffwD: Herbed Goat Cheese Mini Puffs

Although I’m suffering through the tail end of a cold, I was able to squeeze in this week’s ffwD assignment on time. Thanks to everyone for their positive thoughts and well wishes!

Making these puffs from scratch was not difficult. However, I’ve made Dorie’s cream puff dough before, and I wasn’t impressed. Her recipe was more finicky and produced less-than-impressive results compared to the basic pâte à choux recipe I follow which gives the puffs a nice golden color without the need for an egg wash. (See below for the recipe.)

Luckily, my mother and my nieces were in town to sample these herbed goat cheese mini puffs. My mother enjoyed them a lot. My younger niece, Codename: Chunklet, found them delicious, ate three of them, and wanted more. My older niece, Codename: Bacon Monster, didn’t care for them, so I’ll make her ones with sweetened whipped cream tonight for dessert. Unfortunately, since I’m still battling this cold, I haven’t tried them myself, but I’ll set aside a few for when I’m better in a couple of days.

These herbed goat cheese mini puffs were made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

Basic Pâte à Choux Dough
1 c. water
1/4 c. unsalted butter (a half stick)
pinch of salt
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine water and butter in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add flour, salt, and whisk until a dough ball forms. Take the pot off the heat and add both eggs. Whisk or use a fork to combine until a smooth dough forms. Don’t worry if the dough looks clumpy and separated at first; it will come together.

Using a piping bag or a teaspoon sprayed with spray butter, scoop heaping teaspoons of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 25 minutes.

68 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 12:03:13

    They look really perfect, you even took out the piping bag! Have a nice weekend!

  2. Francescainthekitchen
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 12:17:45

    I love the goat cheese, I found it so delicious… These puffs look perfect!

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 12:54:04

    Your puffs are perfection, what beautiful photography 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. bakeawaywithme.com
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 13:26:02

    They look beautiful and so delicious!! So glad they were a hit with your family! Feel better!

  5. The Perky Poppy Seed
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 14:02:59

    Never met a puff I didn’t eat:) These look fabulously fantastic:)

  6. Suzi
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 14:53:03

    These look delicious and I love the look of the piped filling. What a beautiful job you hve done. Hope that you feel better soon. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. hotlyspiced
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 15:23:32

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. I think if you have a good puff recipe, stick to it. These do look lovely and I love how you piped the cream and that’s great that Chunklet liked them xx

  8. oneexpatslife
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 16:37:41

    I didn’t bother with the egg wash and they came out golden enough. Just seemed like a superfluous step considering we were not serving these to guests.

  9. Cakelaw
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 16:44:35

    Your puffs look very fancy with their piped goats cheese swirls. Sorry to hear you are still not well – hope you feel better soon.

  10. Cher
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 16:56:01

    Glad to hear you are on the recovering end.
    Nice job with the piping

  11. Beth
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 17:00:03

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. I love the idea of pairing them with goat cheese. I’d probably eat three too!

  12. TrafficDiva
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 17:01:05

    A plate of these and a glass (or 3..LOL) of momosas AND I’M ALL SET!!! So glad you’re feeling better…WELCOME BACK!!! I was starting to have “Yummy Chunklet” withdrawl…HAHA!! Have a great weekend!!

  13. Jessica
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 18:08:49

    *drool* so perfect for a holiday part appetizer!


  14. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 19:03:23

    Yours are so elegant with the piped filling! Lovely!

  15. Karista
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 19:26:33

    How cute are these?! Perfect for Holiday starters.

  16. Karen
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 19:48:32

    I came home from our vacation with a cold so I can sympathize with you. Bravo for making your mini puffs while not feeling well…they sound great.

  17. betsy
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 20:23:56

    Your piping looks perfect. Thanks for sharing your choux pastry recipe. I like that it doesn’t call for milk which I actually seldom have on hand.

  18. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 20:30:55

    The puffs look beautiful and delicious. I am glad you are feeling better. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  19. greyhousejournal
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 20:59:56

    You have a cold yet managed to get the piping bag out, impressive! These look so yummo, I may have to cave in and splurge on the book…lol. 🙂 Thanks for including your dough recipe too! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  20. Ronda
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 21:12:53

    That sounds like a wonderful filling. I would be great for Thanksgiving.

  21. kitchen flavours
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 00:59:12

    Your mini puffs looks perfect! You did a great job! Hope you’ll get well real soon!

  22. kitchen therapy
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 04:53:00

    Beautifully piped puffs!
    The whipped cream ones sound dreamy!

  23. Baking is my Zen
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 05:05:04

    Lovely presentation…hope you feel better soon…


  24. Norma Chang
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 06:27:19

    These will be great for the holidays.

  25. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 07:04:11

    These look delicious. Usually when I see mini-puffs they are full of a sweet filling, so this savory version looks really nice.

  26. Parsley Sage
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 12:30:30

    Glad you’re on the mend! I think the puffs look totally delicious 🙂 I am a goat cheese addict!

  27. Sara
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 13:32:12

    You’ve got me at herbed goat cheese – that filling sounds so tasty!

  28. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 14:10:55

    I love the swirl you’ve made…I bet these are delicious! Hope you’re finding luck with your menu—I can’t wait to see what you come up with =)

  29. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 15:20:36

    oh wow! I could devour several of these right now! 🙂

  30. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 17:20:05

    Simple ingredients! They look devine! Yum

  31. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 17:31:10

    this cold seems to go on forever, you poor thing. I can’t imagine cooking for other people when I have a cold so bad I don’t want to eat. Next time show them where the bowls and spoons are and let them wait on you.

    These little puffs would be great at my next party.

  32. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 18:24:41

    Oh my, these look great!! Hope you get a lot of rest this weekend and feel better soon 🙂

  33. Tricia S.
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 19:21:41

    I am so impressed you knocked these out (and so beautifully !) while feeling under the weather. And extra credit for the fancy piping ! Hope you are 100% better soon.

  34. Betty
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 21:44:58

    I hope you feel better soon! These puffs look yummy. 🙂

  35. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 23:18:39

    Wow you are so good at making them look perfect! Good piping skills there. 😉

  36. Arthur in the Garden!
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 06:26:17

    They look yummy! I am a true Southern and love bread, any kind!

  37. saffronandhoney
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 06:35:46

    These look so cute! And perfectly delicious.

  38. Tandy
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 07:12:58

    I’ve never tried a savory version so thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  39. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 09:10:22

    Love this idea for choux and it sure makes a festive looking appetizer! Hope this finds you feeling much better, yummy!

  40. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 09:13:03

    Perfect for a party, except they might go too fast.

  41. Maria
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 09:32:49

    Lovely puffs and gorgeous filling! Sending wishes to feel better soon!!!!

  42. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 10:43:08

    These sound delicious–and perfect for party season coming up!

  43. Balvinder
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 12:03:32

    Perfectly done puffs!

  44. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 15:25:29

    I hope you are feeling much better now. The puffs look to die for and I just love whipped goat cheese.

  45. Healthy cooking Blog
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 17:01:42

    Looks so delicious….

  46. Mary Hirsch
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 20:24:04

    I’d call it being a very, very good sport to bake and cook when you don’t feel especially great and cannot even taste the finished product. Love your piping effort – very pretty. I liked Dorie’s pastry dough but will try your recipe also. Thanks for sharing it.

  47. eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 00:54:57

    Sorry to hear the cold’s still hanging around; it’s horrible baking when you can’t enjoy eating it yourself!
    I love goats’ cheese so anything using it is a winner in my book 🙂

  48. Scrambled Megs
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:12:29

    your puffs look absolutely perfect. anything with goat’s cheese interests me!

  49. My Kitchen Stories
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:23:30

    What ever you did they look perfect. Golden and light looking. Is that the goat cheese piped in the middle?

  50. Recipe Junkie
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 04:09:31

    Sorry you haven’t been feeling well. These look brilliant. I haven’t ever tackled choux pastry but feel I am edging closer…

  51. Garden Correspondent
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:20:03

    It’s so awful when colds persist, and in this season they do. I hope you shake it off soon. At least it doesn’t seem to have slowed you down in the kitchen!

  52. Katerina
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:49:41

    I wish you speedy recovery! I am sure they all enjoyed them very much!

  53. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:28:14

    With you on the pate a choux. They look perfectly delicious!

  54. andi
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:42:52

    Your puffs look very tasty, beautiful picture. Happy Thanksgiving and do hope you are feeling better. Andi

  55. Daniela
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:50:43

    The goat cheese filling is a great idea, the presentation is gorgeous!
    Get well soon!

  56. rebecca
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 14:25:43

    great for the holidays your family must love visiting u

  57. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 15:16:18

    What gorgeous puffs my friend. So glad you are beginning to feel better. The goat cheese filling sounds so unique and perfect for a holiday party.

  58. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 16:06:56

    you are such a terrific cook/baker and decorator. Decorating is where I lack at times but these look absolutely perfect and delicious

  59. Jennifer von Ebers (@SlimShoppin)
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 21:48:08

    Hope you are feeling better! Those look so good!

  60. Jenn and Seth
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 00:20:25

    hope you are feeling better! these look so beautiful and elegant! i’m totally jealous of your piping ability 🙂

  61. ohfishiee
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 01:23:49

    they look like profiterole! 🙂 so pretty and i’m totally indulged in this

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  62. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 04:54:17

    they look amazing, like straight from a good bakery.

  63. Elaine
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:39:38

    The way you piped your goat cheese is just beautiful. I hope you are feeling better.

  64. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 23:37:49

    A savory puff.. I love this idea!!

  65. vianney
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 00:31:01

    glad you are feeling better, these mini puffs look tasty!!

  66. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 10:51:56

    Just one word for it- PERFECT!

  67. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 06:40:37

    Wow, you made puffs! I am working on goat cheese and I enjoy sometimes when it prepares certain way. This looks extraordinary delicious!!

  68. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 03:43:08

    Gorgeous pictures and the puffs look just perfect!!

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