My sister, mother and I have been known to sit down with a cookbook and a cup of coffee and read the recipes like they were a novel - except that we also have a pen and paper, scribbling notes about the cast of characters as we go. Anyway, I have a love affair with cookbooks - I have more cookbooks than pairs of shoes, if that tells you anything.
My mom sent me a package in the mail last week, as she is wont to do. This time it was a box of cookbooks that my great aunt gave her. Like me, my great aunt must've loved cookbooks, but only to look at the covers, because many of these had never been opened, let alone had the tell-tale signs of being used. The one that intrigued me the most was a volume entitled Depression Era Recipes. The depression was a simpler time, economical by necessity. There are no fancy ingredients, just simple goodness.
So I made the first recipe that spoke to me. Quick Breakfast Puffs.
First of all - WORST NAME EVER.
Beyond the name, however the ingredients were staples. And with some furious scribbling, ciphering and an abacus, I figured the calories for these bad boys and decided they could happen under my strict caloric regime.
And like my own, this is a slightly large but.
I thought they seemed a little bland. And despite my adoration of all things antique and vintage, I do love things a little fancy. And I have a bowl full of clementines.
So with three packets of stevia (a non-caloric natural sweetener) and a teaspoon of clementine zest, these went from blah to pretty good.
LOVE orange sugar. LOVE it. It makes everything better.
And with a dollop of blueberry jam (decidedly NOT diet approved) they went from pretty good to fabulous.
Quick Breakfast Puffs
1 scant cup milk
1 T melted shortening
1 1/2 c. flour
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the eggs very thoroughly and add the milk and shortening. Sift flour, salt and baking soda twice. Add the liquid and beat for two minutes. Pour into hot, greased muffin cup and bake for twenty minutes or til golden. Serve warm with butter.
And clementine sugar. And blueberry jam.
Without the last two ingredients, these are 81 calories apiece. But I live dangerously. And by dangerously, I mean with butter on standby at all times. I gotta be me.