Cheddar Bacon Puffs

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, evaporated milk, or light cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) salted butter (cut in 8 to 10 smaller pieces)
  • 1 cup (4 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded, about 3/4 cup)
  • 6 strips bacon (cooked until crisp, finely chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, milk or light cream, salt, and butter. Put over high heat and cook, stirring, until butter is melted. Bring to a boil.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour all at once. Continue stirring until the dough leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
  6. Transfer the hot dough to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Let the dough rest for 2 minutes.
  7. Beat the hot dough on low speed for 1 minute. Quickly beat in the first egg, beating until thoroughly blended into the dough. Continue beating in the remaining eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Beat in the shredded cheese, bacon, cayenne, and freshly ground black pepper. Continue beating until the dough is smooth and well blended.
  9. Using a tablespoon measure or small cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets. With moistened fingers, smooth any peaks on top of the mounds of dough. If peaks are left, they tend to over-brown or burn.
  10. Bake the puffs for about 20 to 22 minutes, until nicely puffed and golden brown.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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