A Nun's Sigh ( sweet fried puffs)

Pat Duran


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.
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 votes
Makes several dozen
15 Min
25 Min
Deep Fry


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


1Sift 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.
2Add 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.
3Scoop 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.
4When 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.

About A Nun's Sigh ( sweet fried puffs)

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Spanish