Peanut Puffs

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Fabulous peanut puffs

Fabulous peanut puffs

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)
2C flour
1/4t salt
80g margarine
100g water
2T sugar

Pastry dough

Pastry dough

Put everything into a mixing bowl and mix well to a smooth dough. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

Ingredients B (Filling)
200g peanuts
80g sesame seeds
100g sugar
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.

peanut filling

peanut filling

Cut the dough into 20 pieces. Roll them out into oval shape. Put some peanut filling in the centre and fold the opposite together.

Fold the edges

Fold the edges

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.

Delicious peanut puffs

Delicious peanut puffs

Let them cool down first before eating. These peanut puffs are very delicious.

Other peanut or puff recipes that you may be interested in:
Chewy Peanut Balls
Peanut Butter Mochi Balls
Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 2 - Pastry)
Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 1 - Filling)

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Les Brown

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Divina  on October 26th, 2009

Wow, that looks great. Whoa, how did you seal the dough? It looks easy except that I’m not sure how to do the crimping. I guess for me, sometimes doing it is easier that imagining. My sisters were asking me for my next project. Maybe this one would be the next. I need to do the peanut balls first with them.

The Cooking Ninja  on October 26th, 2009

yum yum … I did curry puffs a few times at home - a lot of work. Love that kneading edge - very beautifully done.

Trissa  on October 26th, 2009

Mary - I have never thought to put peanuts in a puff! I love the idea!!

Mary  on October 26th, 2009

@Divina - Thanks for compliment. It does take some skill to make the lovely edges. Try to pinch from right to left with the sealed edge away from you. It gets easier as you do it. I hope to have my own video clips next time so that I can show it well. Hope you try it out soon.

@The Cooking Ninja - Yes, agree with you…it’s a lot of work…but it’s fun to make and brings a lot of satisfaction when they come out beautiful.

@Trissa - Thanks for comment. Hope you try it out soon. They are very good. I like it with coffee or tea.

penny aka jeroxie  on October 26th, 2009

The crimping looks professional sweetie! Another lovely dessert.

Sanjana  on October 26th, 2009

Great presentation Mary! They’re so neatly done! Yum!

Alta  on October 26th, 2009

Wow, yum. These sound like something I would eat WAY too many of!

pigpigscorner  on October 26th, 2009

Anything with peanuts for me! Looks really good and yea the crimping looks so pro!

Mary  on October 26th, 2009

@Penny - thanks for your compliment. It was fun to make though quite a lot of work.

@Sanjana - Thanks for your compliment. I wish I make for everyone here to eat….a party, and talk about lots of fun stuff!

@Alta - Thanks for visiting and leaving comment. I know….that’s what happened to me….just so easy to eat way to much…so delicious. Well, occasion indulgence is good for the soul :o)

@pigpigscorner - Thanks for your compliment. Lovely to now you share the same love for peanuts…..can be very addictive esp when watching tv or chatting with friends. If only they have zero calories!!!

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on October 26th, 2009

Looks soooo good! I love peanuts so finding a new way to cook with them is great! My grandparents actually grew peanuts on the family farm before I was born. Though I’ve never seen them, I think there are supposed to be some out there still :)

masterthin  on October 26th, 2009

Great! I love peanut! but too much will make me feel hot :p

3hungrytummies  on October 26th, 2009

hey Mary i used to help make this for CNY!! it does bring back childhood memory. thanks!!

Mary  on October 26th, 2009

@Rochelle - Thanks for compliment. If you like peanuts, I believe you will like this peanut puffs. Hope you’ll try out this recipe soon. Lovely to know your grandparents also planted peanuts.

@masterthin - oh…peanuts will make you feel hot? Then maybe you need to drink more Chinese tea to cancel the effect. Maybe you can boil the peanuts to eat rather than roasted or deep fried.

@3hungrytummies - Wow….you must be very good in making this. Bet you can make them very fast. Yes, it’s very popular during Chinese New Year. I think I’m going to make a lot this coming Chinese New Year to share with friends.

Kathy Gori  on October 26th, 2009

Can’t wait to try this! I adore peanuts.

Mary  on October 26th, 2009

@Kathy Gori - I hope you try it soon. Have fun making and eating. If you love peanuts, I’m sure you’ll love this peanut puffs.

rebecca  on October 26th, 2009

oh yummy yep i’ll have mine with a cuppa

Cookin' Canuck  on October 26th, 2009

What a great little snack! My family would be popping these in their mouths until I hid the plate.

Mary  on October 26th, 2009

@Rebecca - Thanks for comment. Yes, it’s just lovely with coffee or tea. I do need a few…..quite addictive.

@Cookin’ Canuck - LOL….I bet that will happen if your family are peanut lovers! The best is to double or triple the recipe…:o)

Brie  on October 26th, 2009

yum! my grandparents had a peanut farm and i always had a great time plucking them from the soil. fresh boiled peanuts are still one of my favorite snacks. i have no doubt your peanut puff would be delicious!

From Lab To Kitchen  on October 26th, 2009

These look so good! Almost reminds me of baklava, a Turkish dessert, except they use puff pastry. I’ll have to give these a try :)

3hungrytummies  on October 26th, 2009

Yeah :) we made them quite small too, I think that’s how I learnt how to pleat so well :)

Olive  on October 26th, 2009

Hi, Mary :)

that looks really nice and’re good at this, you made 40…wow! This is very similar to what we call empanadas in the Philippines

Katherine  on October 26th, 2009

They look lovely. I love peanuts too but I have never had Peanut Puffs. Thank you for posting the recipe I will definately try this.

Blackswan  on October 26th, 2009

Lovely afternoon snack & thks for sharing!

Mary  on October 27th, 2009

@Brie - Thanks for sharing. Looks like we share the same fun of planting and plucking peanuts when we were young. I hope I can plant them again….maybe when I retire and if I have a small plot of land in a warmer place.

@From Lab To Kitchen - Thanks for sharing. Oh yes, I think the peanut filling will make very lovely baklava. I think I should try that out one day.

@3hungrytummies - I think mine was quite big. I was rushing with time & wanted to finish them faster. I’ve seen very cute, small ones back home. I’m not too good in fine, small things. I think I need more training..LOL

Mary  on October 27th, 2009

@Olive - Thanks for compliment. Well…it took me a lot of practice to get them right especially the crimping. But worth all the effort. These days, I can make them quite fast.

@Katherine - Thanks for comment. Just thought peanuts are so marvellous. We can make so much delicious food out of it. I’m glad to be able to share here. Hope you try it out soon.

@Blackswan - Thanks for visiting and leaving comment

Michael Chin  on October 27th, 2009

Goodness me ! What can I say ! It just looks so good ! How I wish I could taste it ! Where are you ? You should sell them somewhere !

Nirvana  on October 27th, 2009

Oh my! This looks delicious! I have a newfound love for peanuts these days so I will be bookmarking this recipe :)

kristy  on October 27th, 2009

Don’t try to blackmail me with these tiny litle things LOL! ha ha ha…..

Mary  on October 27th, 2009

@Michael - I must have made you drooled LOL ! I am in UK. I wish I can sell them, at least I know I have someone who will buy from me :o). Maybe I should employ you to work for me, then you get to eat free…LOL

@Nirvana - Thanks for compliment. If u love peanuts, I’m sure you will like these peanut puffs. They taste real good.

@Kristy - Haha…I bet you must be drooling looking at these cute, mouth-watering puffs! Come, and I will make loads for you, if you are lazy to make them yourself….hehe

Mathea  on October 27th, 2009

I love this - simple ingredients and guests don’t expect peanut fillings (at least not in Chicago)so they will be thrilled!

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Mathea - It’s always so exciting to give people a surprise. I love to see that interesting look on their face….haha.

yanfoong  on January 6th, 2013

I make peanut puffs (kok zai) almost every chinese new year. The puffs are dried on the tray coated with flour to prevent sticking on to the tray. The strange thing is when I deep fry the puffs, the sugar oozes out into the oil (even thought the pleats are tight) and coat the pastry and turn darker brown or some spots coated onto the pastry. Appreciate your help and comments. Thanks.

Mary  on January 7th, 2013

@yanfoong - Thanks very much for dropping by. My peanut puffs here is not crispy but it’s very delicious. I guess if I make them small and fry them a little longer, it will be crispy. I’m not too sure why sugar will ooze out from your puffs. It’s strange knowing that they are well pleated. Maybe it’s the pastry. What about try a different pastry? It may work. So sorry that’s the best I know. Hope it helps. Do let me know if you succeed. I would love to try one day…..the crispy ones. If it works, I will post it for sure :D

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