Interview with a Sous Chef

I've been wanting Pioneer Women's French Breakfast Puffs for for-ev-er but was too lazy to make them myself. Then for some reason the food blogging world was like trying to hit me on the head saying 'make these, now!' They were everywhere but still I was too lazy to make 'em, so I pawned it off on the youngest sous chef Nanny Goat. Yea Goat! She loves her momma.

I decided to interview Nancy about making this dish. Since Katie does some blogging here, it seems only fair to interview Goat.

ECM: So Goat, was this recipe easy? Like so easy a cavechild could do it? You know like those caveman commercials?

N.G.: No! It was confusing. I messed up four times. Maybe it's because I am a young chef.

ECM: Meaning you're young and inexperienced?

N.G.: Yes

ECM: What did you mess up on?

NG: I messed up on the eggs. I was suppose to put it in before the flour.

ECM: What else?

NG: The butter I did smash down but it was suppose to be creamy I think. I'm clueless. Then I didn't roll them in butter afterwards, I only did it on the top and the next thing was I ate one when it wasn't completely finished. The rest went well. I'd rather make nachos instead.

ECM: Isn't that the perk of being the cook, you can eat your mistakes?

NG: Yes (she says this all frustrated like)

ECM: So what's up with the nachos?
NG: I love them.

ECM: More than mom?

NG: No

ECM: More than Andrew?

NG (laughing): That's a hard question!

ECM: Back to the puffs...did you like them?

NG: Yes. Sweet, really sweet, crazy sweet.

ECM: Would you make them again?

NG: Yes

ECM: Why?

NG: They taste good and they're are like doughnut holes and since we don't get doughnuts often, so doughnut holes are fine to me.

ECM: What do you think about me letting you do the recipe all by yourself including the oven? You know most moms won't let a ten year old near an oven.

NG: They won't? Why?

ECM: Safety issues... getting burned, that type of thing.

NG: It doesn't bother me. I bake cookies like twice a month.

ECM: So I'm not a bad mom for letting you near the oven unsupervised?

NG: NO, I'm a ten year old.

ECM: But still a lot of people have problems with this kind of thing. What about using a knife? A lot of your friends and parents who have kids who read this blog wouldn't let their kids use a knife, either.

NG: I have good soccer skills.

ECM: What this have to do with knife skills?

NG: 'cause if you dropped it. I'd move my feet fast. Like a ninja.

ECM: Alriiiight

NG: I also have good reflexes.

ECM: True. What's the first rule I taught you about using a knife?

NG: I forgot.

ECM (laughing): I'm glad that my parental skills are sinking in.

NG: laughing even more... I remember the first thing...never talk to strangers.

ECM: Perfect. What about yelling fire?

NG: I know that too.

ECM: always forward?

NG: never retreat.

ECM: So I am I really evil?

NG: Ummmmmmmmm.... (laughing)...I don't know.... (picking at her hair)... not exactly.

ECM: Okay, you're free to go.

NG: wooo-hooo!.... (running off to go play)

French Breakfast Puffs: Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening (Crisco)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 sticks butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a different bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and shortening, then add eggs and mix. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden. In a bowl, melt 2 sticks butter. In a separate bowl combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Another recipe of the same thing out there on the internet. So easy a cavechild could do it!


Anonymous said...

Hooray for Ninja Nanny Goat! I love that she has great reflexes!
Always forward!

Anonymous said...

We've a grand-niece who was baking semi-supervised at 8 and handling a small chef's knife. She is her mother's kitchen assistant and I don't think it is because she is the girl. She has had an interest in cooking, starting with outdoor cooking, since three.

Melissa said...

That soccer skills/reflexes thing was my favorite part. I love your "always forward, never retreat" slogan. Though it does remind me of '300' (but that's OK with me since I loved that movie).

Mental P Mama said...

Nanny Goat! You're the bomb!

Humble Abode said...

why didn't she make any for me? :(

Anonymous said...

These are crazy good, aren't they? We call them donut muffins -mainly because I look like a donut after eating them. I loved the interview - too bad you can't rent out your sous chef - I'd hire her in a heartbeat!

She Who said...

I am losing weight - major big time and then you send out a story, picture and recipe about lovely sweetie attacks.

Maybe I need to keep the two sizes of clothes in my suitcases, just in case.

Anonymous said...

She has a good sense of humor and that is very IMPORTANT...she's funny.

Katie said...

Good point about part-time veganism. That is definitely something I'd like to research some more.

Your daughter sounds hilarious! How cool that she can cook on her own :)

grace said...

ah me. thanks for the early morning chuckles. :) now if only i had some breakfast puffs at my disposal...

Not Afraid to Use It said...

OMG her answers were a riot. How awesome is she!!

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