Tuesday, September 22, 2009
TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets
Did anyone watch season two of “Project Runway Canada?” I live in the United States, but my super-awesome boyfriend found episodes of the Canadian version of my second-favorite reality show online and downloaded them. One of the aspiring designers was named Adejoké, but we always misunderstood host Iman’s Somalian accent pronunciation and thought she saying “the other Jacque.” We also wondered who the first Jacque was. Anyway, this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Cottage Cheese Pufflets, was selected by Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes and she is the only Jacque I know of in the TWD baking group. You can find the recipe HERE on Jacque’s delightful blog.
I had a difficult time mustering up too much enthusiasm for the pufflets, but I had in the back of my mind that they may be one of those sleeper hits. I have been skeptical of recipes in Baking before and rarely have they let me down. I am sorry to report that this one did. It may have been because I overbaked them just a touch, but I tried just the tops and the jam center alone, and just thought they were kind of bland and doughy tasting. I think this is one of the only baked goods no member of my household was would eat. Even if I’m not completely thrilled with the outcome, Mr. Penpen will usually consume an adequate amount before calling it a loss. Eloise was left alone in a room with them a reachable level for a minute, which is about thirty seconds longer than it usually takes her to steal baked goods, and she did not devour them. The good news, though, is I apparently did not have the monumental problems with the dough that many other bakers did, according to the Problems and Questions portion of the TWD site. I attribute my success to draining the cottage cheese before making the dough and chilling it about every five minutes during the rolling/cutting process. I had never baked with cottage cheese, but I have made ricotta gnocchi before (yum) and a crucial step is draining the cheese, so I figured it would help with this dough. This recipe gets a 4.5 for Deliciousness and a 3 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 1.5. Please visit the TWD blogroll to see how the other bakers fared with the recipe and hopefully see some better reviews and nicer looking cookies.
The other good news is that the same afternoon I baked the pufflets, I made Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice (after seeing many rave reviews on other blogs), and I think it’s one of the best things to ever come out of my oven. You can find the recipe HERE on Google Books preview.