Spicy Cheese Puffs

Course : Cheeses
Serves: 4
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1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cayenne or chile sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/3 cup grated sharp cheese -- (such as Cheddar)
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425ø. In a medium saucepan over high temperature, heat the water and butter until they reach a rapid boil. Add the flour and stir until a soft dough is formed, 1 or 2 minutes. Turn the heat down very low and cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes to dry the dough out slightly. Place the dough in an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, add the cayenne sauce and cayenne powder. Mix well, then fold in the cheese. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to be fully blended before adding the next. When all the eggs have been incorporated, the dough should be smooth and able to hold a peak. Greasing the baking sheet. Season the dough with the salt and coarse pepper, then place it in a pastry bag that has been fitted with a star tube. Pipe rosettes about 1/2 inch diameter onto the baking sheet. Bake the rosettes for about 20 minutes. Turn the oven down to 300ø and cook for another 20 minutes, or until the puffs are golden brown. Serve the Spicy Cheese Puffs hot.

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