I have to fill my kitchen with wonderful aroma of food to compensate for those painful days. Don´t you think so?
Thanks to all of your lovely comments, I get better now. Sure I still have runny nose but at least my senses of taste and smell are back. With the warmer weather, hopefully my full recovery is just the matter of time…
As you see, I make something to celebrate the return of my senses! The inspiration for these puffs comes from a lovely blog called Arabic Bites, which is run by two sisters Zainab & Hameeda”meedo”. The original recipe is for Khanfarosh, a traditional Arabic sweet. Since I want to get a combination of fragrances for my puffs, I adapt the recipe a little to include orange zest, cardamom and some poppy seeds.
I really love these puffs. With the combination of three types of flours, its texture is very similar to a Vietnamese deep fried pastry called `drumstick´ (literal translation). It is a little chewy but not too heavy or overly sweet. Drizzling with some good honey and almond flakes, I just pop the whole thing to my mouth and savour not only the taste but also the fantastic aroma! Isn´t it just so good to be able to taste and smell good food?
Fried Zesty Spiced Sweet Puffs
Recipe adapted from here
Ingredients (I didn´t count how many puffs I got, but enough as snack for 3 people)
1/4 cup fine semolina
½ cup cake flour
1/8 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
½ tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Zest of ½ large orange
3/4 cup milk (I used low fat)
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp instant yeast
Pinch of salt
Pinch of saffron
Honey & almond flakes, to serve
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Cover let it rise for 1 hour up to 5 hours. (I left mine to rise for about 3 hours)
Using 1 tablespoon as measurement, drop the dough into hot oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Serve with honey and almond flakes.
PS: I dropped that beautiful leaf plate and broke it yesterday. So sad! Now I have to find a store that still sells such plates to get another one.