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Fresh From the Oven

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


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


  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.


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.



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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