Grandma Bessie’s Simple and Savory Cheese Puffs Recipe Styled-up for Party Time!

Rich and buttery and way-cheesy with a snappy little crunch, this delightful all-American retro cheese puff makes a come-back as a charming little crisp. Punched up just a tad with a bright and savory kick, you can forget the dip ’cause these classic darlings are flavorful enough to go it solo at your next wine and cocktails event. They also look cute saddled right up alongside a nice homemade bowl of soup. And, did I say simple to make with endless variations? Indeed!

Basket of homemade vintage cheese puff crackers bake this bread recipe
Rich and buttery and way-cheesy with a snappy little crunch, this delightful all-American retro cheese puff makes a come-back as a charming little crisp. Punched up just a tad with a bright and savory kick, you can forget the dip ’cause these classic darlings are flavorful enough to go it solo at your next wine and cocktails event. They also look cute saddled right up alongside a nice homemade bowl of soup. And, did I say simple to make with endless variations? Indeed!

Wine and Cheese Puffs Party Bake This BreadThe perfect homemade nosh! Retro cheese balls, vintage cheese puffs, old-fashioned cheese straws. They all have one thing in common. Well, two things, actually. Cheese and butter. Lots of both. In fact, there’s hardly much else in this recipe. Close cousin to Fannie Farmer’s turn-of-the-Century cheese straws (made with puff pastry), this little darlin’ is a little more country and a lot less fussy.

Vintage Carved Toothpicks photo by Leslie Macchiarella
Vintage Toothpicks

The basis of this recipe comes from my dear Grandma Bess’s own recipe card collection, although I see just about the same simple recipe over scads of decades. It is the simplest of recipes –using just cheese (a pound of it, which is a big block), butter (a lot of it) and a little flour. I added a touch of fresh parsley and some kick-up spices that you won’t actually taste as spicy but they add a little zest. We tried adding bunches of other things, like baking powder and other leaveners to puff it up but the goodness seems to be in the baked cheese and the little snap of crunch. Try the recipe with and without baking powder and test it for yourself.

Easy peazy cheesy crackers for your next hor’s d’oeuvre event comin up!

Grandma Geary's cheese puffs recipe collection bake this bread
Grandma Geary’s cheese puffs recipe collection

Tools Needed for Homemade Vintage Cheese Puffs Crackers (just a few):
Baking Spray to coat the baking pans
1 or 2 sheet pans or cookie pans or pizza pans (depending on what you have handy and how many you wish to bake at one time)
Large Mixing Bowl
Wooden spoon
Your hands for rolling, or a rolling-pin and knife for easy roll and cut
Optional: Counter space with a dusting of flour (if you use the rolling and cutting tip)

Homemade cheese puffs recipe baking on a pizza pan Bake This Bread

Ingredients for Homemade Vintage Cheese Puffs Crackers Recipe:
1 pound (about 4 cups) of grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup (2 cubes) softened unsalted butter
2 Tablespoon fresh parsley, fine chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
optional (but I can’t tell the difference with it): 2 teaspoons baking powder (for very slightly puffier cheese puffs)
1/8 teaspoon paprika, fine quality
1/8 teaspoon dried mustard powder, fine ground
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh super-fine lemon zest if using a micro zester, otherwise, super-fine chopping is required – or it will taste too lemony

Okay, let’s rock ‘n roll vintage style!

Step 1: Grate a whole bunch of extra sharp cheddar cheese:

Grate and set aside
1 pound (about 4 cups) of sharp cheddar cheese

1 pound Grated Cheese for Cheese Crackers recipe Bake This Bread

2. Warm butter to soft (but not melted):

Bring to room temperature and set aside:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup butter for Cheese Puff Crackers recipe Bake This Bread
3. Chop some fresh parsley:

Chop a handful of parsley in order to achieve:
2 Tablespoons fine-chopped Italian parsley

Chopped Parsley for Cheese Puff Crackers recipe Bake This Bread

4. Measure and mix your dry ingredients:

In a large bowl, stir with a whisk:
2 cups all-purpose flour
optional: 2 teaspoons baking powder (for very slightly puffier cheese puffs, although I tried with and without and could not see the difference)
1/8 teaspoon paprika, fine quality
1/8 teaspoon dried mustard powder, fine ground
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
optional: 1/2 teaspoon fresh super-fine lemon zest if using a micro zester, otherwise, super-fine chopping is required – or it will taste too lemony

Flour and Spices for Cheese Puff Crackers Recipe Bake this Bread
5. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon:

Using a wooden spoon, stir until thoroughly combined:
the mixed dry ingredients
the grated cheese
the softened butter

Mixing Cheese Butter and Flour for Vintage Cheese Puffs Crackers Bake This Bread

6. Option Roll and shape:

Golf balls are the starter size and shape if you’re going to make specialty shapes…

Shaping a cheese puff ball recipe bakethisbread

Place your crafted creations a few inches apart on sheet pans sprayed with cooking spray.

Making different cheese puff shapes bake this bread

Option Roll out and Cut (the easy way):

Sprinkle a little flour and roll the dough out about a half an inch thick and shape it with your hands to form a rectangle.

A good shape for the final cookie is about a finger-length long (about 3″) and about a digit wide (about 1″), so shape the rectangle to be about 6 inches wide so that when it’s cut down the middle you will get 3″ long shapes.

Rolling out cheese dough for vintage cheese puff cracker recipe bake this bread

Cut the dough right down the middle if you’ve got dough 2-fingers wide.

Easy Cheese Puff Crackers Dough Tip Bake This Bread

Place the cut shapes onto a sheet pan prepared with cooking spray (this is my pizza pan baker). ūüôā

Sliced cheese puff dough ready to bake bake this bread

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes until lightly golden and lightly crisp.

Cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to wire rack for cooling, or heck, just straight into the hands of your party guests or to a parchment-lined basket covered with a cloth to hold for serving. You may store these in an air tight plastic container after they are completely cooled.

Round Cheese Balls and Long Cheese Puff Crackers Bake This Bread recipe
Here’s a close look at the disc shaped puffs.

Round Cheese Puff Close Up BakeThisBread
And a close-up look at the long shapes (I like these best)…

Close up of top of vintage cheese puff cracker bake this bread
The underside of each little puff should be basically the same color as the top, not over dark or overly brown.

Golden Bottom of Vintage Cheese Puff Cracker recipe BakeThisBread
I brought a basket of these to the soups and stews gathering with my friends in the Los Angeles Food Bloggers and I came home with none, so hoping that means they liked them. ūüôā You can find all the recipes for all the soups and stews from our awesome members by visiting the Shockingly Delicious blog.

Food Bloggers Los Angeles FBLA Soups Stews Meeting Bake This Bread
Thank you for dropping in to check out this fun little kitchen DIY baking project. Join our cake party on Facebook and hang out on Instagram and Pinterest with me in the evenings and on the week-ends. Happy baking and let me know if you decide to bake this bread. ūüôā

Leslie being interviewed at home photo by J Macchiarella



Country Roasted Pumpkin Bread #Recipe — Cooking at the River House

Nothing says homemade scratch cookin’ better than a warm slice of homemade pumpkin bread made from home-roasted pumpkins or a bit of organic canned pumpkin puree.

Baked and Butter Pumpkin Bread by the River Bake This BreadIt’s the time of year for cooking fresh and homemade. Company’s a comin! And you KNOW that starting¬†off from scratch is the real deal.¬†And NOTHING says LOVE more than a kitchen-crafted loaf of soft country bread.¬†Like, what could be nicer when the weather’s cold than a warm slice of homemade¬†pumpkin bread.This bread is glorious! Its made from a simple country white bread recipe with¬†an added dollop of home-roasted pumpkin puree (or even a scoop of organic canned¬†pumpkin puree).

Less than half of a mini cantelope-sized pumpkin’ll do ya for this bread if you’ll be cooking it up the slow food method. But it’s okay to use canned organic pumpkin puree (no sugar added) cause that also works well.

So if you’re making pumpkin pie (like my sister did) using fresh pumpkin for the holidays, save a little for this awesome little bread recipe and you’ll be amazed how delighted your guests will be.¬†This bread doesn’t have a pumpkin pie flavor (because pumpkin recipes usually have cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg — this doesn’t). So the result is just bright and moist and countrified. Oh, and the orange color is pretty dang cute, did I mention that?

Thanksgiving dessert table at the river house photo by Leslie Macchiarella

We left the city for the river house to join with family and friends — and to¬†count our blessings.

Country Table Setting at the River House BakeThisBread

¬†The Merced River this time of year is cold. The salmon are starting to spawn and¬†there’ll be no fishing on the river soon as the river closes¬†down for the winter to let the salmon run.

Riiver House Merced River in winter  photo by Leslie Macchiarella

We’re gathered around the fireplace, reading good books, chatting and cooking up¬†some fun food events for the fam. Since we prep the food on the bar in front of¬†the fire, the whole house grabs a¬†bar stool¬†to watch the action – and maybe to snatch a taste or two of the food action.¬†Won’t you join us for a nice slice or two of this incredible easy-to-prepare¬†homemade pumpkin bread? I think you’re going to love it, I really do.

Sliced Pumpkin Bread Loaf LifeforcePhotos for Bake This Bread

Click HERE to check out our easy instructions on how to roast a mini pumpkin for pumpkin puree. Basically, just clean a mini pumpkin and throw it in the oven at 350 until it becomes fork tender (like a baked potato), then scrape out the pumpkin and puree it in a food processor or blender until it becomes a thick paste.

Pumpkin Bread Loaf by the river photo by LifeForcePhotos for Bake This Bread

3 cups bread flour
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast (we used bread machine yeast in a jar)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree (or fresh roasted room temperature pumpkin puree)

How to made homemade pumpkin bread:

1.) Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it holds together.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Bake This Bread

2.) Sprinkle it with a little flour and work with your hands until the tacky or sticky feeling disappears. When the tacky feeling disappears, move it to the countertop.

Pumpkin Bread Dough on Bar with fish spoon Bake This Bread

3.) Set a timer and knead the dough, pressing firmly with the heels of your hands, for 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Disc Shape Bake This Bread

4.) Shape the dough into smooth disc and place it in large buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Pumpkin Bread Dough First RestBake This Bread

5.) Let the covered dough rise for 1 hour in a warm spot (like the oven with just a light on inside).

Here’s what it looks like when it has risen for 1 hour…

Pumpkin Bread Dough at end of First Rise Bake This Bread

6.) Remove the dough from the rising bowl and knead it for 1 minute and shape it for final baking shape. Place the shaped dough into a buttered bread pan.

Pumpkin Bread Dough Second Rise in Bread Pan Bake This Bread

7.) Let the dough rise uncovered for 1 hour or until the bread just starts to rise over the top of the bread pan. I like to spray it with a light spray of water a few times to keep it moist.

8.) Bake it in pre-heated 350 oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown (internal temperature shoud be about 185 degrees).

Now you’ve got yourself a country soft servin bread, whoo hoo!

Leslie cutting Pumpkin Bread BakeThisBread photo by LifeForcePhotos

Serve it warm with honey butter. yum! Store the bread wrapped in wax paper or in a brown paper bag or wrapped in parchment.Sliced Fresh Pumpkin Bread cropped homemade Bake This Bread

Thank you for joining me on this homemade bread making journey! Check out our vintage cake recipes at Bake This Cake! and we’ll have some history fun in the kitchen together.

Let me know how it goes if you choose this bread recipe for your holiday table (and remember I love photos)! ūüėÄ


Leslie Macchiarella sq photo by Julie Macchiarella

Follow the photos to bake this bread – Photo Graphics Homemade Bread Rolls

Follow the photos to bake a lovely round of homemade yeast bread rolls!

Homemade Yeast Bread Rolls in a Basket Bake This Bread

Welcome to easy step-by-step old-fashioned bread-making Right on your counter-top! No fancy bread machines required! (And if you have a machine, just put that thing away!) Just lock and load the dough on a lightly floured counter top and pull out a tiny bit of muscle power and you’re off. Don’t forget to haul your friends or your kids to the kitchen to watch or help. And kick up the music ’cause it’s cool and fun to make your own lovely homemade scratch bread or rolls just like great-grandma used to do.

Here’s how to make lovely homemade yeast rolls…

Plop the ingredients into a large bowl.

Tip: A yeast packet is about 2-1/2 teaspoons of yeast. You can use rapid rise or bread machine yeast or 1 refrigerated cake or just about any other type of yeast for this recipe.

Double tip: Bread flour or all-purpose flour will do the trick and unsalted butter is best but not required.

Triple tip: In the photos, t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon.
Wordless Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe Blog Photo-Graphic Bake This Cake

Stir the bread batter it with a wooden spoon…

Stirring Bread Ingredients with Wooden Spoon Bake This Cake

Stir it until it forms a nice ball…

Bread Dough Packed in a Ball Bake This Cake

Dust a little flour on the counter-top and knuckle into the dough, flapping it over and pushing with the heel of your hand. Set the timer and turn on your favorite music…

Bread Dough After 5 Mins Kneading BakeThisCake

After 10 minutes of bread kneading magic (aka bread meditation time), your dough will look like this…

Bread #Dough After 10 Mins Kneading Bake This #Cake

Let’s make nice dinner rolls with it using a 4″ circle cutter (even an upside down glass or wide-mouth jar will do).

Rolled Yeast #Bread #Dough with Circle Cut Outs Bake This Cake

Roll the circle lightly…

Dough Circles Rolled for Bread Rolls Bake This Cake

Roll it on the counter-top (see the stages of flat to curled to rolled on the right sidee of the tray in the photo below) and shape it like this…

Rolling Circles of Dough into #Bread Rolls Bake This Cake

Rest the rolled dough on a cookie sheet (or other pan) that is lightly sprayed with cooking spray or rubbed with butter. Let them hang in a warm place (like the oven with the light on) for one hour.

After First Hour Rise #Bread Dough Bake This Cake

Check on your little dough babies, maybe spray them with a little water and let them continue to rise for another hour…

Homemade Yeast #Bread During Second Rise Bake This #Cake

When the second hour has elapsed, they will look something like this…

Ready to Bake 2 Homemade Yeast Bread Rolls Bake This Cake

Bake them in a hot 350 oven on a buttered cookie sheet pan for about 20 minutes until golden brown…

Homemade Bread Rolls Baking Bake This Cake

They will look like this (and they will smell heavenly!)…

Baked Bread Rolls on Pizza Pan Bake This Cake

Different shapes are good ’cause that means they’re homemade…

Baked Rolls on Cookie Sheet Pan BakeThisCake

Brush them with a little melted butter…

Brushing Butter on Baked #Bread Rolls Bake This Cake

Okay, yum!

Butter Brushed Finished #Bread Rolls on Pizza Pan Bake This Cake

Your little baby bread rolls are going to go fast at the table, I can assure you!

Butter Brushed Finished #Bread Rolls on Cookie Sheet Pan Bake This Cake

When the butter soaks into the rolls, they look like this, all decked out in a cut handkerchief-lined basket for your holiday dinner table…

#Homemade Yeast #Bread Rolls in a Basket Bake This Cake

Slice them open and find soft, white country style homemade bread rolls for supper.

Bread Roll Sliced Open in a Basket Bake This Cake

Spread them with a little butter (or not) and you’ve got yourself some history in the making…

Homemade #Bread Roll on Mustard Yellow #Fiestaware Plate Bake This #Cake

Thank you for joining me on this little photo adventure through bread baking land. ūüėÄ

I hope you’ll leave comments for me and follow us on Facebook where we show test recipes in progress. And check out our homemade vintage cakes using recipes from way back in the day.

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Here’s some first time bread bakers learning the ropes…

Kneading Bread Dough BakeThisCakeIt’s a bread making party!

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