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Nothings

(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
September 16, 2009

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Makes 12 to 15

Nothings are light and airy, resembling cheese puffs or popovers. If you like, after shaping the mounds, sprinkle them with sesame seeds.

3 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1. Set the oven at 425 degrees. Adjust an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil, shiny side up.

2. In a food processor, beat the eggs for 5 minutes.

3. With the motor running, add the oil through the feed tube. Continue beating for 2 minutes more.

4. In a bowl, combine the sugar and flour. With the motor still running, add the sugar-flour mixture through the feed tube 1 tablespoon at a time.

5. Drop the dough in tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet, making 12 to 15 mounds. Try one first. If the dough flattens immediately, return the workbowl to the food processor stand and add 2 additional tablespoons flour. The dough should be thick enough to hold its shape but thin enough to form a ribbon on itself when a little is picked up on a spoon.

6. Prop the oven door open about 6 inches. Slide the baking sheet into the oven. After 3 minutes, close the oven door and immediately turn the temperature off. Leave the baking sheet in the oven for several hours or until the nothings are cool. Adapted from Lil Matchan