Introduction: Poppy Paprika Puffs
From the poppy season in late summer to Rememberance Day in November, these rich cheesy treats at as a subtle reminder to honour the victims of global wars.
Poppy Paprika Puffs are a creatively crunchy snack. These are a cross between cookies and crackers which make a perfect fall appetizer.
Step 1: Ingredients
You Will Need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup romano cheese
3 tsp paprika
2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Oven preheated to 350°F
Step 2: Cream Butter & Cheese
In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 Romano cheese until blended as smoothly as possible.
Step 3: Add Paprika, Salt & Cinnamon
Add 2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt to the butter-cheese mixture and blend until smooth.
Step 4: Add Flour
Add 1 cup flour and mix - the dough will be rather dry and slightly tough.
Step 5: Roll Into 18 Balls
Separate the dough into 18 equal parts and roll into balls, then press and flatten slightly.
Step 6: Cut
Using a sharp paring knife, cut an X into each ball. Only cut about halfway down to avoid splitting the dough balls into quarters.
Step 7: Dust With Paprika
Press a small hollow into the centre of each ball using a finger or other utensil. Dust the dough balls with approximately 3/4 tsp paprika.
Step 8: Add Poppy Seeds
Carefully sprinkle a pinch of poppy seeds into the centre of each ball and brush any strays into the hollow you made with your finger.
Step 9: Bake & Serve
Bake in an over at 350°F for 15-20 minutes.
Dust baked puffs with approximately 1/4 tsp paprika to give them a brighter colour (optional).
The resulting puffs will be richly cheesy and spicy. Very decadent and filling, they make a great appetizer. Serve during autumn events between poppy season in late summer and Remembrance day in November.