I love peanuts. It brings back a lot of good memories of my childhood days. I love them boiled or roasted but I have learned to make some fine desserts and snacks from them. Peanut Puffs is one of my favourites. It looks like a mini curry puff. It is a very popular Malaysian snack. It is great with a cup of tea or coffee and makes a great party item.
I was brought up eating lots of peanuts. My parents planted a lot of peanuts. I actually had great fun helping my parents planted them when I was young. They would dig a hole, put in some fertile soil and I would follow behind putting in 4 -5 peanuts and scooped back the soil. After all was done, I would go jumping on every filled hole because my parents said that would prevent birds from digging the peanuts out. My greatest thrill was when I saw cracks started to appear after a couple of days and the peanuts started to sprout through the soil. The thrill died after that.
More thrills returned at harvesting time. I loved pulling them out of the soil and was always fascinated by all the peanuts dangling from their roots, some big and some small. We would pluck them from the roots and put them into big baskets to be washed and cooked or sundried.
My parents always told us that peanuts are very nutritious. I’m sure that they are, especially when they are so freshly harvested from our own gardens, 100% organic, and cooked immediately.
I made these peanut puffs yesterday to share with friends. I made about 40 pieces. That’s quite challenging but I was very pleased that they turned out pretty and delicious. I made last week but they didn’t turn out successful. Well, here’s my peanut puff recipe to share. The amount is good for 20 pieces.
Ingredients A (Pastry)
Put everything into a mixing bowl and mix well to a smooth dough. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
Ingredients B (Filling)
80g sesame seeds
some peanut butter
Roast the peanuts until fragrant. Grind them when cool. Add the sesame seeds and sugar and mix well. Add some peanut butter to bind it. It gives added flavour and helps wrapping easier.
Cut the dough into 20 pieces. Roll them out into oval shape. Put some peanut filling in the centre and fold the opposite together.
Make crinkled look around the edge. Do the same to the rest of the dough. When all is done, heat up some oil in a frying pan and deep fry them until golden on both sides. Dish up with a slotted spoon on to a plate.
Let them cool down first before eating. These peanut puffs are very delicious.
Quote of the day……
‘If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.‘