Pets des Soeur (aka Nun’s Farts, aka Delicious, Cinnamony Pastries of Goodness)


Pet de Soeur. Literal translation: Fart of Sister. There’s nothing quite like the French language for masking crudities with lyricism. The unknowing sweets aficionado would look at this pastry, see it’s title, and think “Why, how charming! A little French pastry!”

What you’re really eating is a nun’s fart, evidently.

While I’m not one for unhealthy, buttery desserts (or any foods of the sort, for that matter), I just had to share this recipe with the world. Nun’s Farts really are delicious, despite the disgusting name. They are a popular pastry in the Acadian culture; legend tells us that they earned their name when a nun farted in a kitchen, causing another nun to laugh so hard that she dropped a roll of dough into a vat of oil. BAM! Sugary goodness. Maybe this is true, maybe it isn’t, but a Pet de Soeur is essentially just a flaky, denser version of a cinnamon role.

The Pets des Soeur I make are not fried in oil, despite legend’s origination of the dessert. I take a simpler and more health-conscious approach – the oven. The process is an easy one. Mix up your dough, roll it into a rectangle,

IMG_2118spread with butter, cinnamon, and sugar,

IMG_2119roll it tightly into a log, cut it into pinwheels, pop them into the oven, and enjoy.


3 cups flour

1 cup butter

1/2 tsp salt

1 large egg, beaten

5 tbsp cold water

butter to spread over the dough

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon


1. Cut together flour, butter, and salt until it resembles small peas. Combine the egg and water and gradually add to flour mixture. A thick, sticky dough will form, similar to biscuit dough. Add more flour if necessary.

2. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, about 1/2 an inch thick. Spread butter lightly over the dough, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. (Add more or less, according to taste and preference. Another good idea for the innards is hazelnut spread, jam, possibly peanut butter? The possibilities are just endless.)

3. Roll the dough into a tight log and cut it into 1/2 inch thick pinwheels. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm or cooled, with some ice cream or a tall glass of milk!


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