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Nun's PuffsI love foods that cause wonder. When people cannot quite figure out how I may have prepared something, I love the questioning look that comes across their face. Some say I must have bought it at a store because regular people don’t make those things in their home. Others don’t believe it comes from my kitchen unless I bring them in as part of the preparation process, to see for themselves.

I love the foods that come fresh out of the oven and no question can be raised as to who did what. But when those very foods bring a sense of delight to the eaters, even better. These puffs are one such food. Some sticky dough makes its way into being a large puffy muffin, easy enough to pick up with your hands; too delightful to leave alone. Eat them right away since they deflate in the first few minutes.

Nun’s Puffs

Yield: Makes 12

Source: Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 100 grams of butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add milk and bring to a boil. Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture forms a ball that does not separate. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture with a wooden spoon for 1 minute after each addition or until the mixture is smooth. Divide dough evenly among standard sized muffin tins that have already coated with cooking spray, filling cups about 2/3 full; sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes in a 375F oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Remove from pan. Serve immediately. Serve with honey, pure maple syrup or jam.

Notes

Alternative: To make savory puffs, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of minced veggies (onion, bell pepper, mushrooms) to the mixture before it is divided. Dust tops with paprika instead of sugar.

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Discussion

26 Responses to “Fresh From the Oven”

  1. These look interesting Gretchen – do you know why they are called “nun’s puffs”? I particularly like the idea of the savoury puffs.

    Posted by Cakelaw | March 10, 2008, 8:03 am
  2. I love puffs, specially if they are mixed with a little cheese. Hmmn, craving some right now.

    Posted by Veron | March 10, 2008, 9:16 am
  3. Your puffs look beautiful!

    Posted by Ann | March 10, 2008, 9:27 am
  4. They look a little like Aebelskivers. Have you ever had those? Delicious!

    Posted by RecipeGirl | March 10, 2008, 10:56 am
  5. What a nice recipe! They look great. I am also curious as to how they got their name.

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | March 10, 2008, 11:19 am
  6. What a fun recipe!

    Posted by Deborah | March 10, 2008, 11:25 am
  7. I’ve never heard of these – but I’m itching to try, now! Only dilemma is what to have with them…

    Posted by aforkfulofspaghetti | March 10, 2008, 12:21 pm
  8. These look like Yorkshire Pudding… is that correct? I love their name and they look soooo good!

    Posted by Aran | March 10, 2008, 12:47 pm
  9. Are these like popovers? They look delicious!

    Posted by Cara | March 10, 2008, 1:07 pm
  10. These look so fun to make and to eat! They would make a perfect Saturday breakfast treat.

    Posted by Cookie baker Lynn | March 10, 2008, 1:33 pm
  11. The savoury version sounds great to me but I could have a couple of those right now!

    Posted by Suzana | March 10, 2008, 2:32 pm
  12. What a treat! A plate of these, hot out of the oven, would be a special treat indeed. Love the big dollop of jam deflating the puff. :)

    Posted by Amy | March 10, 2008, 4:44 pm
  13. Great looking puffs, and great recipe, thanks for sharing!I got a ton of jam (homemade), now I have another use for it :)

    Posted by Medena | March 10, 2008, 5:14 pm
  14. Gosh, you are making me really hungry!!! Your puffs remind me of popovers. Do they collapse very quickly or do they stay relatively “puffed”?

    Posted by marias23 | March 10, 2008, 5:21 pm
  15. Cakelaw – The cookbook actually states that the name is a mystery. I love the savory ones too!Veron – Mmm…cheese with them sounds tasty!Ann – Thanks!Recipe Girl – I have had abelskivers and these are not too similar. Abelskivers are more pancake-y and these are more “puffy”, both good just different.SGCC – These are tasty and easy!Deborah – Thanks!Forkful – Yes, it can be the dilemma. Sometime I choose syrup, jam, honey or just go savory and make it wasy!Aran – I truthfully have no idea what yorksire pudding is! I am sorry!Cara – These are not as bready as popovers (from what i remember, it has been a long time!).Lynn – These are fun and delicious!Suzanna – Yes, i cannot usually stop at one!Amy – These are a treat and I enjoy jam with them.Medena – You are welcome! Homemade jam would be delicious with these. Maria – Sorry! They do collapse and do not stay puffed for too long out of the oven.

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | March 10, 2008, 10:16 pm
  16. I like the the name, Nun’s Puffs. It’s fun. I think I could eat about 6 of those, because they look so good. Or more.

    Posted by Emiline | March 10, 2008, 11:26 pm
  17. huh…how neat! funny how they deflate like that

    Posted by Jaime | March 10, 2008, 11:44 pm
  18. So these are a bit like popovers? They have that same drama! I think they’d be wonderful to sop up gravy from a stew.

    Posted by Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | March 11, 2008, 6:56 am
  19. These look wonderful, almost like an odd little popover. I like the idea of the savory puffs!

    Posted by Madam Chow | March 11, 2008, 7:19 am
  20. Those look great and would be wonderful to bring to any table.

    Posted by Brilynn | March 11, 2008, 9:04 am
  21. I am hopeless at making Yorkshire Pudding so maybe the savory version of these would work for me…I’ll be sure to give it a try:D

    Posted by Bellini Valli | March 11, 2008, 10:30 pm
  22. Ooo yum these look like the Yorkshire puddings my mom makes.

    Posted by eatme_delicious | March 12, 2008, 12:16 am
  23. Emiline – Yes, I must have others to share them with otherwise I would eat them all!Jaime – They are fun to make and eat!Lydia – I have truthfully never made a popover and don’t know if I have eaten one or not! Ha!Madam Chow – Thanks! The savory ones are delicious!Brilynn – Yes, thanks!Bellini Valli – Please do, they are tasty!Ashley – I have never seen nor eaten yorkshire pudding, those comments are making me intrigued!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | March 12, 2008, 8:19 am
  24. These looks so good! Part popover…part aebleskiver…soooo good!

    Posted by Dana | March 12, 2008, 9:53 am
  25. Beautiful photos! These look great!

    Posted by Karen | March 13, 2008, 12:43 am
  26. Dana – They were tasty! Oh, but what I would give for a bit of abelskiver right now! Yum!Karen – Thanks!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | March 15, 2008, 8:56 pm

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