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Cheddar beignets with sesame dressing

Ingredients for 2 portions

For the beignets

  • 50 g butter
  • 150 ml cold water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 50 g mature cheddar, finely grated, plus extra to serve
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • sunflower oil, for deep frying

For the sesame dressing

  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp. Kikkoman naturally brewed soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • good pinch szechuan pepper
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • dashes of olive oil

Preparation

Preparation time: 50 mins

For the beignets: put the butter, water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and add the flour, beating well until you have a smooth ball of paste that has left the sides of the saucepan clean. 

Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar, followed by the eggs, one at a time, beating all the time until you have a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside. 
Fill another heavy-based pan one-third full with sunflower oil and place over a moderate heat – do not leave this pan unattended. Using two spoons, add spoonfuls of the pastry to the pan - take care not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until they are nicely browned and have risen to the top. 
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Keep the finished beignets warm while you continue frying the rest of the pastry. While still hot, grate more cheese over.
For the sesame dressing: blend all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender, along with salt and pepper, to taste. 
Serve the beignets hot with a little dipping pot of the sesame dressing.