Recipe of the Day: Cheese-Puff Crowns a la Julia Child

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oh my god I am in love with these buns!!!!!!!!
They sort of remind me of the buns you get at Red Lobster but these are better..... because these are so easy to make and made by you. If you're looking for appetizers to make this Christmas or buns to have with dinner make a few batches.  I love Julia Child and this is my first Julia Child recipe.  How do I not have her cookbooks?! I'll add it to my Christmas list for hubby!

I got this recipe from my mother.  It's out of a April.4/27, 1992 First Magazine

All I did was follow the super easy instructions.
  • In a nutshell, preheat oven to 425F.  Makes 8-9 buns.
  • Boil water, butter and salt, remove from heat and throw in a cup of flour.  It will look like clumpy at first but will smooth out quickly and look like mashed potatoes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and while still warm, make a well in the middle, add 1 cup of beaten eggs, about 4. Add the eggs at a 1/4 cup at time (my consistency was perfect at just about a half cup of beaten eggs rather than the cup recommended) It's like a puff pastry formed into a ball and with swiss cheese in the end.   So  once the egg is added the dough should hold its shape when scooped up on a spoon. That's why it's important to add a 1/4 cup at a time, you don't want it too loose or you'll have to start all over. I used an electric beater when adding the egg.
  • Beat in 1 cup of the cheese ( I just stirred it in) and form a ring by dropping mounds of the dough in a circle (pictured below) *make sure the pan is lightly buttered and floured.
  • Cook at 425F for 20 minutes than reduce to 400F for another 20 minutes ( I baked mine for about 50min)

It's crisp outside and moist and savory within. DIVINE!


1 cup of water
3oz of butter
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of flour
1 cup of lightly beaten eggs(about 5, I was good with 4)
1 cup + 2 tbsp of Swiss cheese.


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