Hello people, welcome to February. Phew, my one month Fitfam anniversary is approaching and I must say, I am very very proud of myself. Not just start I stuck with it, but most especially, the creative dishes that have come out from refocusing my inspiration. It makes me smile, to know that Dooney’s Kitchen is not just known for quick and stress free cooking, great recipes, but now I can add healthy Nigerian cooking to the list. Yaaaay for diversification, yaaay for expanding the net, Yaaay for The new Nigerian Cookery. 2015, Leggo!!!!!!
When I put up the recipe for the fit fam puff puff, I wrote that you can also make it in a waffle maker or sandwich toaster, just like the akara. My friend Feyi, did just that. How stunning is that.
On Instagram, the post where I showed how puff puff can be made in a Masa Pan (recipe HERE), or Abelskiever pan, someone asked if this can be used for a “toad in the hole” kind of dish. If you don’t know what toad in a hole is, it is a traditional British dish involving sausages and a pastry kind of square casing. Anyways, while doing my research to see how it could work, I thought wait a minute, I can bake the batter in a Yorkshire pudding tin. Okay, another classic British dish is the Yorkshire pudding. Why it is called a pudding, I don’t know, but it is basically batter that is baked in a tin and puffs up to a traditional shape. Yorkshire puddings are mostly served with a Sunday roast, with gravy and all. Number one, I have never even attempted a Yorkshire pudding before. I have seen it being made on TV, and the batter, isn’t exactly like that of Puff Puff batter, but hey, as they say “idea is need”. You guys already know that my Achilles heel is baking, so I called my friend Feyi and asked if it would work. She said sure, it could, and the next day she tried baking it in a Savarin tin. Okay, another explanation. A savarin mold is basically a ring baking tin with a hole in the middle, just like a doughnut. See Feyi’s picture below:
I have a savarin tin at home but it is a massive one, so the plan yesterday was to go to Lakeland to pick up mini savarin tins and a Yorkshire pudding pan, but I left the office 1 hour later than planned (don’t ask, lol), and on the way home I thought, hmmmn, do I have time to go to Lakeland? It is not the kind of store you rush in and rush out. I had my 5K run at 7.15pm, I had to eat dinner too, so I decided to head on home straight. Now, my journey home is via the M25. It has a reputation for being known as the world’s longest car park. On Monday’s, it is especially notorious. As I was heading off my exit, the traffic news was reporting tales of woe at another exit of the M25, in London. I thought to myself, thank goodness, it wasn’t my section today, and I only have about minutes left to go. Then I remembered that exactly this time 4 years ago, I had quit my London job (end of January) and I was house hunting in Essex, by Feb 2nd. I had totally forgotten, but flashing back, it was so surreal. I remembered the waking up at 5am, the 2 hr 30min one way train ride to work and even longer back home, how miserable, tired, grumpy and cold I used to be. I remembered the breakfast Muffin and cup of coffee, I rushed to buy at London Bridge, just before I got on the “cursed” Jubilee line, and then on to the Metropolitan line. That people, was when it hit me. OMG!!!!! I can bake Puff Puff in muffin containers and top with fruit and nuts. That was my breakfast almost every day when I worked in London. Of course, it would work. Suddenly I didn’t feel bad that I couldn’t get to Lakeland anymore.
This morning, I quickly made the fit fam puff puff mix, I didn’t wake up early enough to bake it at home, so I grabbed the bowl, wrapped in cling film and a napkin and headed out. 15mins later, I was at work. I also said a prayer of gratitude, for the job that has given me such privilege, to wake up at what I call “normal time”. Friday will mark 4 years, since my life changed for the good, in all ramifications, I can’t even begin to list how much. The microwave in our tiny kitchen has a convection function, so for my lunch break, I baked these, apologies to my colleagues, who had to queue up while these baked, but they all said it smelled great, and looked very pretty. I thought so too.
This post is dedicated to Londoners, waking up at odd hours in the morning, and to those commuting into London for, to earn a living. I salute you guys for the courage, and dedication. Have a Puff Puff muffin on me.
- Fitfam Puff Puff mix - recipe click HERE
- Muffin containers
- Your choice of fruit and nuts
- Make your Fitfam Puff Puff mix. I would stress that you would likely need less water to mix this than the standard puff puff mix. This was feedback from a reader who tried the recipe. Just follow the recipe HERE
- Give it the standard 35 - 45 min rising time, or you can cheat by pre heating your oven for about 5 mins, and then place the bowl in it. it speeds up the time. I mean, if you are rushing off to work, you need all the time you can get.
- Pour into Muffin containers
- Top with fruit and nuts, or raisins
- I baked at 180 for about 30 minutes, but I would advise 200 for a shorter time. This is a get up and go kind of morning meal. Ta daaaa!!!!
- If I had left it in for longer, it would have browned more, but hey, this isn't so bad. If you would like to know what the inside looks like, well just like fried puff puff
This is for the busy executive. A get up and go kind of breakfast dish, that would save you the cost of picking up a muffin or a sandwich at a shop on your commute. You can get the mix ready when you wake up, leave it to rise, check on it after taking a shower or something and then bake while you get ready, grab it on your way out, and munch on wholesome goodness. Fit fam certified with Oat flour, wholemeal and honey. With fruit and nuts too, how nutritious is that, at the start of your day.