TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

Or, as they are called in my house of cottage-cheese-haters “jam-filled non-puffies.”

I’ve wanted to make this recipe for a long time and actually bought cottage cheese to make it once, got busy, and threw away the cottage cheese a month or so later when it had expired, I hadn’t made the recipe, and no one had eaten it.  I’m thankful that Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes picked it as her TWD recipe and brought it back to my attention.  I love recipes that picque curiosity, that make me wonder “What would the texture, taste, etc.. be like?”  

I made the dough on Saturday, and I must say, I love dough that can be prepared in the food processor.   It’s amazing how smooth and silky the whirred up cottage cheese (with a good dose of butter) became;  I added the dry ingredients, pulsed briefly, then wrapped the mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerated it until last night.  

After grocery shopping, dinner and taking my daughter for a haircut and eyebrow waxing (I’m too wimpy have mine done!), I pulled the dough out of the fridge.  It rolled out easily on a silpat mat coated in flour.  

Unfortunately, it didn’t come off so easily!  After cutting the shapes, I really should have re-chilled the dough, but I was in a hurry, it was after 9:00 and I still had studying to do.  So I scraped them up with a flat spatula, filled them with strawberry preserves and popped them in the oven.   Not pretty.   And they didn’t puff. 

But they did taste good and the texture, despite not puffing, was soft and silky.  I’m having a weird food memory, deja vu-esque feeling about these but I can’t quite put my finger on it.  They just seem “familiar.”    Any ideas of a (likely midwestern) baked good that would be similar?   It’s really driving me crazy.

I still have half the dough in the fridge and, if I have time tonight, I plan on experimenting with some different fillings; a mixture of cinnamon and toasted pecans would likely be really good.  I also plan on reading TWD posts and seeing what worked well for others.    

(Oh, and I do have  photos of these, but left my camera at home.  I’ll upload those later, assuming any turned out. )

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11 Responses to “TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets”

  1. Megan Says:

    Can’t wait to see the photos, because mine didn’t puff either.

    Fussy little devils, weren’t they?

  2. juju73 Says:

    Ohhh, I will need to try these again…maybe with some cinnamon, walnuts and a touch of honey. Or maple syrup…that sounds SO good!

    I’m glad you liked these!!!!!

  3. Michelle Says:

    Good but very fussy! Im glad you liked them, I did too!

  4. Katrina Says:

    These didn’t PUFF as I’d imagined from the title. But they (and the dough) are delicious! Since I did a free form galette, I’ll bet it would work just to try a pie with the dough or something. I’ve heard (and agree) that these taste like Toaster Streudels. Are you thinking of something homemade?

    And for your info. I never plucked my eyebrows. It would make me sneeze, nose run and eyes water with every pluck. Hated it. I met a gal, she became my friend, and is a hair dresser, just within a year ago, she offered to and started waxing my eyebrows. The tiny bit of pain is SO worth it to have nicely shaped brows! 😉

  5. Amy Says:

    I want to try some more fillings on this one, too. Maybe cinnamon and brown sugar with a maple frosting on top….

  6. kyooty Says:

    they almost sound like fruit filled perogies if they didn’t “rise” but I’m not quite sure.

  7. Mary Says:

    I just called mine “pufflets” as well to my family because i knew they wouldn’t like them (or maybe not try them) if I said “cottage cheese”. Maybe Katrina is right with the toaster strudels? Ethan loved these things and he loves toaster strudels. I will have to ask him if he made that connection.

  8. Leslie Says:

    I’m not sure if you baked up the rest of yours, but cinnamon and nuts sounds really good! I also saw Nutella, peanut butter and chocolate, dulce de leche…

    The ones I baked after a few hours of resting in the fridge were better than the ones I made later that day. Maybe my expectations were too high the second time around!

  9. Spike Says:

    I tried a bunch of different fillings which pretty much all spilled out the sides but tasted good none the less. Hope round two goes well!

  10. Jacque Says:

    Yep, this recipe was a bit of a stinker. I’m glad you liked it though.

    Thanks for baking along this week 🙂

  11. dawn Says:

    I made these with my baking group and we had the same sensation of “this tastes familiar.” Eventually, we decided they reminded us of McDonald’s Pies.

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