Lengua de Gato

Lengua de Gato are long thin cookies that resembles the shape of a cat’s tongue. This might be the reason why these tasty treats were called such.

This is one of my favorite holiday treats. They usually come in plastic jars similar to the packaging of the commercialized Peanut Brittle. Whenever I receive one for Christmas, all I do is make myself a cup of coffee and just like magic – the contents of the jar are all gone.

Have you tried making your own Lengua de Gato? You might probably think that the process is complicated. Actually, it is not. All that you’ll be needing are tools that can help make your work easier.

Mixing, Piping, and Baking are the only things that you need to do. It is better if you have an electric stand mixer or an electric hand mixer to make the mixing process as easy as possible. The key in mixing is to make sure that all the ingredients are well distributed.

Piping is defined as an ornamentation on pastry edges and seams. This is usually done with icing to make a cake look more beautiful. In our case, we need to pipe the mixture so that a long thin shape can be achieved. This is done by placing the mixture in a piping bag with tip and pressing the bag over a wax paper lined baking tray until the desired shape is formed. As for the tip, I use the standard number 12 round tip.

The last process involved to complete our treat is baking. When baking Lengua de Gato, always remember to preheat the oven for 10 minutes before starting to bake. Since these are thin cookies, it could burn easily. Remember to stick to the given temperature, but check the color of the cookie once in a while. Sometimes, you’ll need to adjust the time depending on the oven that you are using.

Try this Lengua de Gato Recipe and let me know what you think.

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Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs are small pastry balls that come as great appetizer or finger food.

This recipe is one of the simplest Cheese Puff recipes around. It does not require many ingredients and the process is easy to follow.

I’ve been playing with this recipe for quite a while now. Following this exact recipe will give you great tasting results.

Creamy Cheese Puffs tastes good too. You can make your cheese puffs creamy by using fresh milk instead of water. Make sure that the milk does not reach boiling point so that it won’t curdle. Also, make sure that you use less salt (or none at all) to reduce the saltiness. You can take away the salt if your cheese is salty enough.

I love having this with some whip cream on top. Since the recipe does not ask for sugar, whip cream adds a little bit of sweetness; it also makes this treat creamier.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 pieces raw eggs

A pinch of salt

3/4 cup water

4 tablespoons butter

3/4  cup grated cheddar cheese

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking procedure:

1. Heat a cooking pot then pour-in water.

2. Add butter and salt then let boil. Stir to mix everything.

3. Gradually add the flour while stirring.

4. Gradually add 3 eggs while stirring.

5. Put-in the cheese and mix thoroughly.

6. Turn-off heat and transfer the dough to a container. Set aside until temperature cools down to room temperature.

7. Create an egg wash by combining egg yolk with 1 tablespoon butter. Mix well. Set aside.

8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

9. Scoop the mixture (dough) and arrange in a baking pan lined with wax or parchment paper.

10. Apply egg wash on top of each scooped mixture.

11. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Note: Check if done by cutting a piece in half. The inner part should be totally dry. Add more time if there is still moisture.

12. Turn-off heat and remove from the oven. Transfer to a serving plate or bread basket.

13. Serve.

14. Share and enjoy!