Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
In a pot, bring the water and rice to a boil. Stir, cover and cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a food processor, purée the warm rice and cheese until smooth. Add 1 egg at a time as the machine is running and process until smooth. Add the Espelette pepper. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch (1 cm) plain round tip. Pipe the dough into mounds onto the prepared sheets, each about the size of a loonie. For best results, pipe the dough just before baking.
Bake one sheet at a time for 30 minutes or until the cheese puffs are golden brown. Let cool before serving.
Espelette pepper puts a little fire in these puffs. You could substitute the spice with cayenne or chili flakes, but we find this particular pepper gives just the right amount of heat without overpowering the cheese.
Recipes with the "Healthy Pick" stamp have been evaluated by a registered dietitian member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec.