Simple Trini Cheese Puffs Recipe


Trini cheese puffs are savory, cheesy snacks you can get in any local bakery.

But it is really easy to make. I made my first batch as a young teen!

It’s delicious and hard to resist. I mean who can say no to cheesiness?

trini cheese puffs with trini cheese paste

What is in this trini cheese puffs recipe

The puffs recipe is the same as choux pastry. So, you will need:

  • all purpose flour
  • butter
  • eggs
  • salt
  • water

The filling I use for my puffs is not the typical, traditional cheesey filling. I use the same recipe as my cheese paste with herbs. They taste so good!

In that filling recipe, I often use:

  • cheese
  • butter
  • chives
  • cilantro (we call it celery) leaves
  • pepper

There are lots of Trini snacks you can make besides puffs, take a look at all the ‘snack’ recipes on my blog here.

How to make Trini cheese puffs

Melt the butter

To a small pot on medium heat, add boiling water and butter. Allow the water to come to a boil and the butter to melt fully.

melt butter and water for choux pastry

Add flour

Mix the butter and water right before adding all the flour. Be careful – it can bubble up a bit.

add flour to choux pastry

Stir rapidly to incorporate the flour to form a soft dough ball in the center of the pot. When this happens, remove from the heat.

You may see small pockets of flour in the dough ball. Be sure to break these up and continue mixing.

Allow the dough ball to cool down for about 15 minutes.

form choux pastry dough ball

Mix in eggs

Be sure the dough is sufficiently cool before adding any eggs; otherwise the heat will cook the eggs and you’ll see white strands in the dough.

Once cool, add one unbeaten egg. Mix into the dough ball until it is fully incorporated.

add eggs to choux pastry

Repeat for each egg.

Although you can do this by mixing with a fork, I like to use my cake mixer. It adds more air to the choux pastry and makes it fluffier.

finished raw choux pastry

The puffs also expand in the oven nicely when you use the cake mixer.

Shape the puffs

You can use a greased spoon to scoop about two tablespoons of dough onto a tray lined with parchment paper.

Or you can add the choux mixture to a piping bag and pipe the mixture into a cone-shape, ending at the top. It’s up to you how fancy you want to be with your puffs (forgive me for my lack of piping skills LOL).

piped choux pastry for cheese puffs

Bake

Bake the puffs in a preheated oven at 400°F oven for 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool before filling.

baked choux pastry

Fill

With traditional cheese filling, you can pipe it straight into the cooled puff. But, with the one I’m using here, you’ll need to slice into the puff and place a dollop of the filling into that large air pocket.

cut choux pastry in half

To make the filling, chop up the chive and cilantro (celery) leaves. Mix in cheese and room temperature butter. The relatively soft butter will make the cheese filling spreadable (check out my cheese paste recipe here).

add cheese paste to puffs

Add a nice amount to each puff. Serve immediately or refrigerate. The puffs will stay well in the fridge for a week.

I taste tested while photographing here. It’s so good!

trini cheese puffs

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Print Recipe
This choux pastry recipe is best used to make Trinidad puffs. Add a tasty, herbed cheese paste as the filling to make creamy, flavorful Trini cheese puffs.
Course Snack
Cuisine Caribbean, French
Keyword cheese puffs
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 10
Calories 209
Author We Trini Food

Equipment

  • Cake mixer (optional)

Ingredients

Puffs

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs

Filling

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup chives (chopped)
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • 1 pimento pepper (chopped)

Instructions

Puffs

  • Place a small pot on medium heat.
  • Add boiling water and butter.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Add in flour all at once.
  • Mix to fully incorporate the flour, breaking any small flour pockets.
  • Remove the formed flour ball from heat.
  • Set aside for at least 15 minutes to cool down.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Add one egg to the cooled flour ball.
  • Mix until there is no sign of the egg yolk or egg white.
  • Repeat for each additional egg.
  • Scoop or pipe the choux pastry onto a buttered or parchment-lined tray.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 400°F.
  • Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Slice the lower end of the puff to add filling.

Filling

  • Allow the butter to soften and come to room temperature.
  • Mix the chopped chives, cilantro and pepper with the softened butter.
  • Add in the cheese and incorporate.
  • Fill the puffs.
  • Serve.

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