Tuesdays with Dorie: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

September 22, 2009 at 1:35 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 31 Comments

cottage cheese pufflets

This is my second TWD in a row showcasing 45-45-90 triangles.  I majored in math back in the day and am seriously thinking of turning this blog into a weekly cooking/geometry lesson (changing the name to “a whisk and a protractor,” of course).  But before I start handing out purple-inked dittos to everyone, let’s review these Cottage Cheese Pufflets, which Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes chose for TWD.

I really like cottage cheese, but I also really never buy it.  Don’t know why…it just doesn’t pop up on my grocery radar screen very often.  I was glad, then, to have a little leftover from these cookies to eat for lunch with carrot sticks.  I was also glad that these cookies were fantastic, because while I was curious to try them, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from a cookie with cottage cheese in the dough.  But I’ll tell you what to expect…they are puffy and light and flaky, but with a little chew.  (You can also expect the dough to be super sticky to work with, so chill it every step of the way and your life will be easier.)  The dough itself isn’t too sweet, but it’s complimented by a bit of jam in the center.  I filled my pufflets with some of my homemade Easy Plum Jam.  Such a pretty color poking out through the steam hole (and through the sides…hmmm), don’t you think?

cottage cheese pufflets

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Daisy Lane Cakes.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. yum – i think i missed this recipe somewhere. how could i? i have been through the book 100 times. love this steph!

  2. Steph – these look so nice and evenly browned, AND flakey. It must be the mathematics applied to the chilling and baking. Mine was rather problematic. Good results though, I must say! I agree – I like CC but never buy it or have it in my fridge, unlike sour cream! Plum jam… now there’s something I should make – I bet these were scrumptious!

  3. Homemade plum jam sounds heavenly. How did you seal them? I don’t see any fork marks—interesting. Especially like the second picture.

  4. Wow..yours look great…long live the pufflet!

  5. They should put your photo in Dorie’s book. Absolutely beautiful

  6. Oh, yours look so perfect!

  7. Those look delicious – I guess I need to finish the pufflets soon (the dough has been in the freezer two days now). You did an excellent job with the finishing and your thoughts are much appreciated. I was going to use orange marmalade but now may use some blueberry jam for the contrast.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the puff you managed to reach !! Delicious !

  9. c’est pareil pour moi, j’adore le cottage mais je ne pense jamais à en acheter. Je vais remédier à cela à cause de cette recette qui est vraiment excellente !
    Ils sont super réussis les tiens 🙂

  10. Please no geometry…math really scares me! My oldest daughter is so smart when it comes to math..she did not get that from me!
    Your pufflets look puffy and good;)

  11. Your pufflets look absolutely perfect!! I really enjoyed these as well, though I had some issues with the sticky dough. Great job! Looks like the math major came in handy!

  12. Very pretty. Your triangles amaze me. I was lucky to get misshapen squares. Love the pictures.

  13. HEY! Mrs Pillsbury called… she says she wants her husband back NOW! LOL LOL They are more than perfect! WOW!

  14. I like the new idea for your blog name! LOL
    These look really tasty.

  15. Beautiful pufflets! You shaped them into perfect triangles and they are all the same size. Well done. 🙂

  16. I had the same thought: more triangles! And yours are so evenly formed, they can fairly be called isosceles (remember that term from high school math class?). I love the little hint of color on top from the jam. Nice!

  17. I feel the exact same way about cottage cheese! I was happy to have some around to snack on too (although then I added most of the container to baked ziti). I think you’re the only person I’ve seen whose pufflets actually stayed sealed. Maybe the steam hole that I overlooked would have helped…

  18. what cute little triangles of pufflet perfection. Perfect shape. so nice and golden. Beautiful.

  19. Your pufflets look wonderful, and the jam sounds fantastic!

  20. that sounds SO GOOD. i love plums, now that they’re in season i’m kind of going plum-crazy. i’ll have to try making jam for sure, and maybe even this recipe! i haven’t baked with cottage cheese much either.

  21. Yea, a fellow baker and mathematician! Love the triangles!

  22. LOL on the proposed new name for your blog. Your pufflets look great…I was wondering how big that little hole should be and thought maybe mine wasn’t the right size. I think mine was too small. It’s always nice to see something done right…thanks!

  23. These sound delicious. Your triangles are very precise!

  24. What beautiful little pufflets! Really tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  25. OK, see, I knew before I clicked the link back to your site that yours would be picture perfect… worthy of being included in Dorie’s book. And I was right.

    Wow! your puffs are so nice. Well done, oh Puff Master! or maybe that’s Puff Mather? LOL

    Great job and thanks for baking along this week 🙂

  26. Yours got so nice and golden- a little jealous!

  27. I am lovin’ that purple jam peeking through the steam hole – looks delish.

  28. You know what, I’m not really a fan of cottage cheese at all. But in these cookies, I think I might like it. I wish I enjoyed it, but it’s one of the few foods, I just can’t get excited about! Cookies always excite me though 🙂

  29. Look how beautifully they puffed and browned up. They look great.

    Baking with math. Sounds like fun.

  30. Absolutely awesome.
    Beautiful photos x

  31. Picture perfect – like always.


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