to start working on my list (even though I technically started last Thursday). I looked at the Tuesday's With Dorie list and saw that this Tuesday's recipe was cottage cheese pufflets. Like most sane people I despise cottage cheese so I immediately thought 'I'll just join next week' but then I remembered that the point of this is to make things you wouldn't normally make and push yourself. Also, I had a package of cottage cheese in the fridge somehow, I have no idea how that got there. So I decided to make those damn pufflets and this is my very first TWD post!
This weeks recipe was chosen by Jacque at Daisy Lane Cakes and you can see her blog for the full recipe. Of course you can also pick up your copy of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home To Yours. You do own a copy don't you? You can also check out all the other amazing participating bakers on the Tuesday's With Dorie blogroll.
Dorie wrote that the recipe was originally meant to be beaten by a wooden spoon but she called for the recipe to be made in a food processor. Since I don't have a food processor I decided to do it in my trusty Kitchenaid, I figured it would be enough if a wooden spoon was enough. Check out my helpers (my mother-in-law and my son)
The mix was supposed to look like whipped cream cheese and although mine was close, it took a good 5-7 minutes and still all the curds of my small curd cottage cheese weren't completely gone but oh well. Here's the mix wrapped up tight and ready for it's stay in my fridge overnight
My first batch wasn't as thin as it should have been and I had to increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes (and even then they were still a little undercooked). I did the first batch in circle shapes like little pies with apricot preserves filling from Trader Joe's.
The second batch I did in triangles like the recipe called for, with Lingonberry preserves from Ikea. I preferred the apricot which I think was a little sweeter, but everyone else liked the Lingonberry more. I took them to a dinner party at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house knowing they were Lingonberry fans and they liked them a lot.
I have to say that I really expected not to like these pufflets but I actually liked them a good bit. I love cookies and I love shortbread and these were sort of shortbread like. They were also not too sweet, which I really like, the cookies only had 2tbsp of sugar in them so pretty much all the sweetness came from the jam filling which was really yummy.