Last weekend I hosted the nerdiest event of 2012 – an Anne of Green Gables tea party.
Growing up with four younger brothers, I never really got into the tea-party scene. I had to wait until I was an adult to meet my kindred spirits (aka, fellow nerds) to fully enjoy such an event.
And by enjoy fully, I mean to say that we drank cordial (or something like it, anyway). Okay, so it wasn’t raspberry cordial as in the Anne book (nor plum wine for that matter), and we certainly didn’t gulp it down like that greedy Diana, because at our age, we’re slightly more civilized. And by slightly, I mean to say that for our next viewing, we have a better approach to drinking it (anytime Anne is in “the depths of despair”….drink!!).
I made these plum puffs long before my mom allowed me to drink cordial. In my memory I remember these being really putsy, but maybe it’s just because I was young and didn’t know my way around a kitchen well yet. In any case, I was quite happy to make these little delicacies again. They were quite yummy, even with my substitution of blackberry jam. Whether you’re an Anne fan or not, you should bake a batch of these up.
Plum Puffs (from the Anne of Green Gables Treasury)
1/2 c. water
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 c. plum jam
1/2 c. whipped cream
1. Preheat oven to 425˚. Grease a baking sheet lightly.
2. In a large saucepan, heat the water and butter until boiling. When the butter has melted, turn the heat to low, add the flour ans sugar all at once and mix them in thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Continue to beat the mixture over low heat until it leaves the sides of the pan, about 1 minute.
3. Remove the pan from heat. Add one egg and beat the mixture until it is smooth. Add the second egg and beat again until smooth.
4. Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart; they should be about 1 inch around. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden-brown.
5. Take the puffs out of the oven and turn the heat off. Close the oven door. With a toothpick or think skewer, poke a tiny hole or two in each puff to let the steam out. Return the puffs to the turned-off but warm oven for about 5 more minutes to ensure that the insides are done. Remove puff from the oven and cool on a rack.
6. When cool, gently split the puffs in half and fill each one with a spoonful of jam and a bit of whipped cream.
Makes about 18 delicious little puffs.