These five-ingredient cheese puffs will save your sanity during lockdown

This recipe saved my sanity and kept my kids fed during the last lockdown. These cheesy puffs take about 10 minutes to throw together and there is not a cheese-loving kid on the planet who can resist these. I have even made these successfully when I was out of eggs by substituting one tablespoon of chia seeds, soaked in twice the amount of water, till they expand – a foolproof vegan egg substitute if you ever need one.

You can get creative with these puffs if you like. Add some diced ham, sautéed red capsicum or even some jalapeños for a nice kick. If your kids are anything like mine though, it is best to keep it simple.

I often double this recipe as that is how fast these disappear in my house, but try the proportions below to test out that theory in your own home.

Keep a really close eye on these while they are cooking. You don’t want to overcook them as they will be dry. Once they start to look a little brown on top take them out and check them. If they are golden brown on the bottom, they are done, if not, pop them in for another minute or two. Allow them to cool completely before eating. Cool on a wire rack to avoid them sweating on the baking paper.

Depending on how generous your spoonfuls are, you should get 12-15 puffs out of this recipe.


• 1 cup plain flour

• 3 teaspoons baking powder

• 2 cups grated tasty cheddar cheese

• 1 egg, lightly beaten

• 1/2 cup of milk


  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Gently mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Drop large spoonfuls onto an oven tray lined with baking paper (you may need two).
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden.

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