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a nun's sigh ( sweet fried puffs)

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Pat Duran
Las Vegas, NV

This Traditional Spanish dessert,"Suspiros de Monja" is one of the most popular. both in Spain and around Latin America. It is sweet, smooth and creamy on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar. If desired split slightly and fill with a dab or pudding, pie filling or custard or frosting. Note: Spanish nuns produced pastries and sweets that became famous. We don't know if nuns sighed when they ate them, but many Spaniards did, behind convent walls, for centuries.

★★★★★ 4
serves Makes several dozen
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For a nun's sigh ( sweet fried puffs)

  • 1 c
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 pinch
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 4 lg
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    lemon or orange zest
  • canola oil for frying
  • powdered sugar, for dusting after fried

How To Make a nun's sigh ( sweet fried puffs)

  • 1
    Sift together flour, salt and sugar and set aside. Heat water and butter together until butter melts. Add flour mixture all at once to butter mixture, and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until dough leaves sides of pan and forms a soft lump. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 2
    Add and beat in one egg at a time, beating hard after each addition. When dough is not longer shiny, stir in vanilla and lemon or orange zest.
  • 3
    Scoop up a heaping teaspoon of the dough and, with a second teaspoon, push it off into hot oil(350^) or until a 1-inch cube of bread browns in 60 seconds.
  • 4
    When puffed and olden brown, drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve hot. You may split slightly and add a dab of custard or lemon curd inside if desired, and drizzle with caramel or chocolate.