TWD: 36 hour Cottage Cheese Pufflets

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Saturday – 8:00am:  I had to go two (2!) grocery stores to find cottage cheese.  I can unequivocally state that I have never purchased it before so had never noticed that there wasn’t any at my regular store.  I briefly considered using ricotta as sub but the recipe is called Cotttage Cheese Pufflets, not Ricotta Pufflets.  I persevered.  Fortunately, I was going to the second store anyway.

I thought about making the dough that morning but we were hustling to get to the pumpkin patch, so I bought the cottage cheese and forgot about it.  I realize it is a little early for the pumpkin patch but our cable company was having a customer appreciation day for FREE.  Free trumps early.  If you are thinking that all your cable company does for you is jack up the rates when they add stupid new channels, you need to get a second cable company in your area.  Sometimes a little competition is a good thing.

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Saturday – 1:00pm:  Home from the pumpkin patch, I put the butter out to soften.  Then I decided to take the boys to the neighborhood fall festival so Jamie could watch the Husker game in peace.  We arrived home in time for the last few minutes of the game.  The less said about that the better, but I got distracted enough that I forgot about my butter.

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Saturday – 7:00pm: The butter was so soft, I had to chill it up a little and then finally got to work on the dough.  Honestly, who eats cottage cheese?  I don’t think I have ever seen anyone under 70 eat it.  It is seriously unappetizing.  I guess I should consider it a blessing that I didn’t care for the dough.  At all.

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Sunday morning: dusting (yippee!); yardwork (hooray!); laundry (are we having fun yet?).  No time for pufflets.

Sunday afternoon: Much to my younger son’s dismay, the hapless Chiefs lost AT HOME to the equally hapless Raiders.  We went to the park with the kids, with a sidetrip to TCBY.  Dough still in fridge.

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Sunday – 5:00pm:  I will try to sum up the tedium of the next two hours lest you decide to spork your eye after the full description.  A lot of chilling, rolling, chilling, cutting, chilling, cursing, forming, cursing, filling, chilling, sighing, etc.

Sunday – 7:00pm: Pufflets in the oven.  I am not confident.  I am thinking maybe I should have had some frozen yogurt when I had the chance.

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Would this inspire confidence in you?

Sunday – 7:15pm:  First batch out and my fears have been confirmed.  The blackberry jam was clearly a mistake.  I am at once grateful for silicone mats.

Sunday – 7:30pm:  Taste testing.  Jamie, lifelong Cowboys fan, eats a few while watching the Cowboys game.  Showing the good sense he was born with, he gives up on the Pufflets and the Cowboys and calls it night.  They taste better than they look, admittedly a very low bar to cross.  They do not, however, taste good enough to justify the 5:00 – 7:00pm effort.  I am sorry to say I will be crossing this one off the list.  The baker and the football teams should have quit while we were ahead.

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Am starting to see why no photos in the book…

Next week:  We travel to Lincoln for the Huskers’ 300th consecutive sell-out (that number is correct – my parents were in high school last time there were empty seats) and I tackle the chocolate crackle tart.  Let’s hope both fare better next weekend.  Thanks to Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes (TWD) for picking something that had piqued my curiosity from the beginning.  The recipe is on her site.  I have some cottage cheese you can have.

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15 responses to “TWD: 36 hour Cottage Cheese Pufflets

  1. Great post..I am with you on the dough..this was the first one I wasn’t tempted to eat raw!

  2. I had to laugh when you mentioned the silicone sheets. They are a godsend, especially for this recipe.

    What happened to those Cowboys? Stayed up late for nuthin. 🙂

  3. Whew…what a busy weekend you had! Although I like cottage cheese and bought some of it, I just wasn’t feeling this recipe. So, I skipped out. Sounds like a lot of work and I was just too lazy this week. Hey…how about those Giants! ;o)

  4. Sheesh – I’m getting the feeling we weren’t the only ones wrestling this dough.

    Definitely not worth the time or effort.

  5. Go Huskers..my dad is from NE! Im sorry you had a major blow out with the jam! I thought the dough was a royal pain to work with..but oh my did they taste yummy!

  6. I love cottage cheese, but it does remind me of my grandparents! My dough is chilling right now and I plan on much cursing and rolling-pin slamming tonight when I roll out this dough!

  7. I am totally with you on this. They took forever and weren’t amazing. If they were going to be such a pain to make, they should have been just about the best thing I put in my mouth. But no. I think I’ll strike this one with ya.

  8. LOL in the “no photos in the book” comment. I always wonder that, too, when I start a recipe…why is there no photo? Yours look great…I like the idea of all that goodness melting out. We liked them, but I am just not willing to make fussiness part of my routine around here, so probably would limit to Christmas cookie tray and not bake them on a routine basis.

  9. I think the people who eat cottage cheese are the same people who eat rice pudding. The presence of cottage cheese in these immediately made them less appetizing to me, but I have to admit that we really liked them. Not sure I’d bother to make them again, what with Pepperidge Farm puff pastry existing in the world and all, but we really liked them. I think yours look great. And it sounds like a fun-filled weekend, pastry woes notwithstanding.

  10. I’m sorry to laugh at disaster, but that photo of the pufflets sitting in a sticky blackberry puddle is so funny.
    On to better things next week!

  11. Sorry that it didn’t work out perfectly! I still think they look good though.

  12. i think yours look really good despite all the struggling!

  13. I thought the dough was pretty tasty after all the hassle, but I probably won’t go to any lengths at all to get cottage cheese any time soon. Have you ever given your boys cottage cheese? I’m being serious. I have a feeling you haven’t, since you don’t like it. They might like it, mine do! 😉

  14. This dough was hard to work with. They tasted good, but…

    Looks like a lot of us had he same experience.

  15. Hee hee, everything about this post made me chuckle, especially the comment about there being no photos in the book. With good reason! Sorry it wasn’t a hit and that youi’ll never get those 2 hours back. 🙂 Onward and upward!

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