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.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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26 Responses

  1. Cakelaw says:

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

  2. Veron says:

    I love puffs, specially if they are mixed with a little cheese. Hmmn, craving some right now.

  3. Ann says:

    Your puffs look beautiful!

  4. RecipeGirl says:

    They look a little like Aebelskivers. Have you ever had those? Delicious!

  5. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    What a nice recipe! They look great. I am also curious as to how they got their name.

  6. Deborah says:

    What a fun recipe!

  7. aforkfulofspaghetti says:

    I’ve never heard of these – but I’m itching to try, now! Only dilemma is what to have with them…

  8. Aran says:

    These look like Yorkshire Pudding… is that correct? I love their name and they look soooo good!

  9. Cara says:

    Are these like popovers? They look delicious!

  10. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    These look so fun to make and to eat! They would make a perfect Saturday breakfast treat.

  11. Suzana says:

    The savoury version sounds great to me but I could have a couple of those right now!

  12. Amy says:

    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. 🙂

  13. Medena says:

    Great looking puffs, and great recipe, thanks for sharing!I got a ton of jam (homemade), now I have another use for it 🙂

  14. marias23 says:

    Gosh, you are making me really hungry!!! Your puffs remind me of popovers. Do they collapse very quickly or do they stay relatively “puffed”?

  15. Gretchen Noelle says:

    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.

  16. Emiline says:

    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.

  17. Jaime says:

    huh…how neat! funny how they deflate like that

  18. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    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.

  19. Madam Chow says:

    These look wonderful, almost like an odd little popover. I like the idea of the savory puffs!

  20. Brilynn says:

    Those look great and would be wonderful to bring to any table.

  21. Bellini Valli says:

    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

  22. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo yum these look like the Yorkshire puddings my mom makes.

  23. Gretchen Noelle says:

    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!

  24. Dana says:

    These looks so good! Part popover…part aebleskiver…soooo good!

  25. Karen says:

    Beautiful photos! These look great!

  26. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Dana – They were tasty! Oh, but what I would give for a bit of abelskiver right now! Yum!Karen – Thanks!

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