Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Jalapeño Poppers Cheese Bombs

Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs biscuits, perfect for your New Year's eve party, It's melts in the mouth, super flaky, with lot of cheesy goodness and the jalapeño kick is the best thing ever.Flaky  Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs, New year Snack, Cheese snack, Simi Jois Photography

It was late, the street lights had turned on, the light from the sun was fading into darkness. I walked as fast as my feet could take me, looking over my shoulder to see if anyone was following me. An elderly lady with a bag full of fresh produce, a cyclist, a dog walker...none of them really looked scary, but I was still on my toes, almost anticipating something bad would happen.

I reached home and grabbed a glass of water...bosky (my pet dog) was wagging her tail, expecting  a treat ...the drapes were still not drawn. I leaped to my feet and shut all the drapes as though the whole world was waiting to take a peek into our home. As a child I was afraid of the dark, not so much in my own home, it was  fear to be outside in the darkness. As though the elements of the night were waiting to engulf me with the darkness. I think it was rooted from the scary stories our neighbor told us.

As the sun was setting today and I was taking  pictures, racing against time to get the job done. It felt like my childhood. At one point, I looked outside as the mix of rain n snow was coming down .... the same landscape looks so comforting when the sun is out, but looks harsh n bare without the light.

I literally had to pump the ISO to 1000+. Not my best preferred setting, but I just had to share this recipe with you guys. No time to style, out of the oven and click!

Teen is on vacation and most obvious, this is her post. She did all the prep work yesterday, but we had so much going on through the day that we pushed baking it till late afternoon. This kid needs to have her own restaurant. This is absolutely fabulous must have snacks. I also blame her for the extra pounds around my waist. But let me tell you it is worth every ounce of butter  and every bit of cheese....

Happy New Year to you guys!! Lots of love! Cheers to 2016 !

Flaky  Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs, New year Snack, Cheese snack, Simi Jois Photography

On  a cold winter night, this could be a perfect midnight snack :)

Photography by Simi Jois

For the biscuit : teen used butter instead of shortening 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 cup buttermilk (home made is okay)
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cold water, divided*
1 and 1/4 stick cold or  butter, cubed

Preheat over to 425 F

In a large bowl mix together flour, salt sugar and baking powder.

Create a well in the middle, add the egg, butter milk and 1/4 cup butter, 2tbsp cold water.  Start mixing and cutting the dough, do not over mix. 

Cutting helps in distributing the fat into the dry ingredients, this results in a flakier end product. Cut the butter or fat with a fork, bench scraper or two knives. 

Add the additional butter and use your hands to kneed it into a dough, no more than 7-8 minutes. Some of the butter will remain there as is, that is a good idea and will make the biscuit flaky. 

Refrigerate the dough till you make the filling. 


8 oz cream cheese softened
11/2 cup cheddar cheese grated 
1/2 cup fresh diced  jalapeño de-seeded

For the filling - make sure the creme cheese has been softened to room temperature. You need a bit of art to mix them, use a fork, it's easier. 

Divide the dough into 15 equal balls. Flatten them using your fingers on your palm, stuff about 11/2 tbsp of cheese stuffing and close. Do not smoothen the dough, we want it to be nice and flaky, so use a soft hand. And moreover we love the rustic look of the cheese bombs. 

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, check if is cooked inside, cool a bit and serve hot. 

Biscuit recipe adapted from here 
Stuffing idea adapted from here

If you use shortening, the biscuit will have a deeper gold color. 

Tip: do not overwork the dough. 

Flaky  Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs, New year Snack, Cheese snack, Simi Jois Photography

Flaky  Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs, New year Snack, Cheese snack, Simi Jois Photography

Flaky  Jalapeño Poppers  Cheese Bombs, New year Snack, Cheese snack, Simi Jois Photography

Wishing all of you a fabulous New Year !!
Photography by Simi Jois

If you are looking for drinks to pair for your New Year's Party - here is a post done by a good friend Jyothi. Thank you so much Jyothi.

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  1. Heavenly buns! So comforting.

    Enjoy the snow and best wishes for 2016!



  2. The subject may be rustic and simple, but your pictures are divine as usual. Have to force myself to read your write up as your beautiful pictures make it difficult to pay attention to anything else.

    Wish you and your family a fantastic year ahead.


  3. Wow - that oozing cheese! Jalapeno poppers used to be my weakness when I lived next to a certain run-of-the-mill Italian chain in my previous city. These look, expectedly, amazing. And i have to say that even with the ISO at 1000+, the photos look pretty slick! Hope these helped you get over your fear of walking outside ;)

  4. Anything with hot chiles are my absolute favorite! Your teen is an amazing baker and the photographs are gorgeous! Btw, is that snow picture a painting?

  5. Those bombs are definitely killers! Amazing pics as usual...

  6. ohh I can't stop drooling over those lovely pics and that wonderful chilly bombs...Bookmarking it


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