Hope life has been good to all these past few days…. Today I thought I’d share my very own recipe with you, since it’s a holiday i didn’t have to go into to work, I also decided to prepare it myself, and take some with when going to break my fast with some friends tonight.
I developed this recipe earlier this year for a recipe development assignment whereby we had to to use a yeast dough and a filling of our own creation. I am proud to say it was A hit :), most people enjoyed it and best of all I received a distinction for it. Personally, it is quite simple and easy, probably even done before so I suppose My achievement was based on technicalities of how well the method was written or something like that (although I hope not). But I do think I could have done better; I may have been a tad bit lazy to use my ‘noggin’. My initial plan was too add tuna, but to my luck it was not on the list of ingredients this time, so I decided to just keep it simple.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile, you can add whatever your palate desires. Next time I prepare it, I want to add something different; maybe mushrooms, feta and spinach, or a vegetable medley. Today, I used whatever I had at home, I made the original cheese and onion, but added a bit of mozzarella and leftover steak from last night. For a healthier version, you could bake it, but then it would literally be a calzone, this is where my change-up came about; I chose to fry the pizza dough.
So here it is, My fried cheese & onion poppets:
- 150g (300ml) cake flour
- 2.5g instant dry yeast
- 5ml sugar
- 2ml salt
- 15ml sunflower or vegetable oil
- 180ml lukewarm water
- 120g (300ml) cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 20ml sunflower oil for sautéing
- 5ml mixed herbs
- 5ml cayenne pepper
- ± 500ml oil for frying
- To prepare the dough, mix flour, sugar, & salt together. Add the yeast and mix through.
- Mix the oil & water together, and then add just enough to form a soft dough. Add more liquid if necessary.
- Knead well for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap and allow to proof or rest in warm place for 20-25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the filling by sautéing the onions in the oil until caramelised and soft. Set aside to cool. Mix together the cheese and herbs, then add the onions.
- Once the dough is ready, divide into to pieces and roll both pieces very thinly out into rectangles (± 35x25cm). Divide the one piece of dough into 8 squares by scoring the dough.
- Place a spoonful (30-40ml) of filling onto the middle of each square and cover with the remaining piece of dough. Press the dough firmly onto the filling to remove any air bubbles.
- Using a cutter or knife, cut out squares or circles around each piece approximately 5cm in size.
- Place the 500ml of oil in a pan about (25cm wide and 6cm deep) and heat to 180°C. (to test use a thermometer or place a small piece of dough in the oil, when the dough rises & oil bubbles you are ready to fry)
- Place 2-3 poppets in the pan and allow to fry on each side for 1-2 minutes or until crisp & golden brown.
- Serve while warm, 2 per person
- Serves 4-5 people as alight snack
- Yields 8-10 small poppets
I am quite excited to have some tonight, after having prepared it after such a long time! I do hope you guys give it try, and let me know what you think. Always remember, my recipes are more of a guideline, feel free to change-it-up to suite your taste buds, and savour each bite!
Until next time, Many edible pleasures to you all xx