Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

Oh, cottage cheese pufflets. You sounded so promising. Sweet jam spread between a tart and tangy cottage cheese dough, baked and puffed to perfection. I had high hopes.

The end result, however, was an exercise in frustration.

This dough was soft and sticky. And I do mean soft. I have never had to refrigerate a dessert so many times before in the midst of its preparation.

Here's how you do it (at least, here's how I did it): Make the dough, refrigerate it. Roll out the dough, refrigerate it because it's too soft. Roll it out again. Start to cut it into circles. Refrigerate. Cut some more. Refrigerate the remaining dough. Place the cut out circles in the freezer to save time. Bring them out after the oven has preheated and dab on some strawberry-raspberry jam, then fold over and seal the dough. Except, oops, a new Mad Men episode is on! Come up to bake them during the first commercial break and find them completely soft again. Pop them in the freezer for a few minutes. Come up in the middle of Mad Men (sigh) and pop them in the oven. Watch the jam leak like crazy, and watch the dough puff up beautifully.

Alas, it was not a very happy time in the Kait's Plate kitchen while these were being made. The end result was quite delicious - puffy, crispy, with just the right amount of sweetness from the jam. The next day, however, they had softened considerably and lost their perfect texture.

Although the end result was fantastic, I don't think it was worth the overall effort. Sorry, Dorie! Thank you to Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes for choosing this recipe. Although its preparation was quite taxing, I'm happy I at least got to taste the delicious result.


Nina September 22, 2009 at 11:08:00 PM EDT  

Katlin--your pufflets look great! I agree, it was frustrating and they were *so* delicious--but am not anxious to make again!

Christina and Jacob September 23, 2009 at 4:16:00 AM EDT  

It was disappointing how they had lost their luster the next day. It seems like the recipe should have been smaller if they don't last overnight. But even with all your frustrations, yours turned out quite nicely. Great job!

Clivia September 23, 2009 at 8:47:00 AM EDT  

That was definitely the worst of it for me - that they completely lost their taste and texture the next day. You do have some lovely photos, though!

Jacque September 24, 2009 at 7:54:00 PM EDT  

ooh, I'm sorry they were such a pain. I guess there's always next week.

Thanks for baking along this week :)

Anonymous September 29, 2009 at 1:04:00 AM EDT  

yeah, these were frustrating. I like the way your pufflets look with the jam leaking out.

Jeannette October 5, 2009 at 3:26:00 PM EDT  

the dough was frustrating!! and they didn't taste good enough the next day for all the effort. but yours look great!!

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