If you have a sweet tooth and a sense of humor, you might want to try nun’s farts. No, we’re not talking about the bodily function of a religious woman, but a delicious French dessert that has a hilarious name.
Nun’s farts, or pets de nonne in French, are small donuts made of choux pastry, deep-fried and rolled in sugar. They are bite-size, about 1 ½ inch in diameter, hollow on the inside, and deep-fried until golden. They are also called nun’s puffs, beignets soufflés, or pâte à choux donuts.
Nun’s farts are a traditional French dessert that dates back to the Middle Ages. They are usually eaten during Mardi Gras or Carnival season, but they can also be enjoyed all year round as a snack or a treat.
But how did these tasty pastries get such a funny name? There are several stories and legends behind the origin of the name nun’s farts. According to French Wikipedia, the name comes from a nun who called this pastry paix-de-nonne (nun’s peace in English). It has the same pronunciation as pets de nonne. The legend says that the nun offered the recipe to a nearby enemy convent to ensure peace.
Another story says that the name comes from a cooking novice named Agnès who farted in the kitchen of the Archbishop of Tours while preparing a meal for Saint Martin. The fart caused such laughter that another nun dropped some pastry in hot oil and discovered that it tasted good.
A third theory points to the noise that doughnuts make while being fried in oil. The sound resembles a fart, hence the name.
Whatever the origin of the name, nun’s farts are a simple and delicious dessert that anyone can make at home. All you need is some choux pastry, oil, and sugar. You can also add some cinnamon or vanilla for extra flavor.
To make choux pastry, you need to boil water, butter, and salt in a saucepan. Then add flour and stir until a smooth dough forms. Transfer the dough to a bowl and let it cool slightly. Then add eggs one by one and mix well until you have a glossy and sticky dough.
To fry the donuts, you need to heat some oil in a deep-fryer or a large pot. Drop small spoonfuls of dough into the hot oil and fry them until they puff up and turn golden brown. Drain them on paper towels and roll them in sugar while they are still warm.
You can serve nun’s farts as they are or with some whipped cream, jam, or chocolate sauce. They are best eaten fresh, but you can also store them in an airtight container for up to two days.
Nun’s farts are not only delicious but also fun to eat. As one article says, “The farts are done!” Yeah, that should get people running into the kitchen.”