Thursday, 18 June 2015

Puff, Puff What Puff Do You Choose? - Various Sources - Part 1



Puff, Puff what puff do you choose? Yes, I have been faced with this dilemma, time and time again. This happens when you expect guests to come home for tea. This puts you in a predicament that you need to serve up quality snacks. A Muslim hold has quite a few options

1. Chicken Puffs
2. Cutlets - Chicken, Fish and Mutton
3. Curry Poornum aka Patties - Chicken and Mutton
4. Samosa - Chicken / Mutton

Either two of these or go all out and put them all on the plate and impress your guests. When going all out its quite difficult to prepare them all in your house. In that case or when you are running short of time to plate up items its easier to buy readymade food stuffs of the shelfs.

So doing a part-1 round up of just the puffs. All the above the pictured Puffs are Chicken and were consumed at the same time after heating em up in a microwave for 30 seconds. So this eliminates all the bias. Pictured along with the puffs is Pound Cake from Jenne Ferrer


First up I had the Chicken Puff from Jenne Ferrer. Jenne Ferrer is located behind Ega Theatre, Kilpauk. The puff looks fantastic, the best looker of the lot. It does not crumble one bit. So your guests are bound to appreciate the aesthetics when plated up. There ends the pluses. The taste was totally burnt, did not have any layer of flavour. Priced at Rs 35/- I am not sure if this is worth a buy. Your guests are going to talk about the burnt food you served them for a very long time.

Taste - 3/10
Price - 1/10


Next I had the Puff from ever famous Mc Rennett Bakery which has stood the test of time, way before all your French Loaf, Cake Walk, Cake Square and your Hot Puffs. They ruled the roost. The absence of other cheaper bakeries initially gave them complete monopoly on the price segment also. Today they are a middle player. Coming to the puff. It looks completely anaesthetic. It breaks away very easily and crumbs all over the plate. Had a tough time plating it for the photo. But there ends the negatives. It is loaded to the brim with the filling. Whats more important, the filling was moist and flavourful. Something which your guests will like and will talk about for days. Priced at Rs 20/- it is definitely worth a buy. Mc Rennett Bakery is located at multiple locations in Chennai. This was picked up from the Anna Nagar outlet.

Taste - 8/10
Price - 8/10


Finally if I did not bring the ever famous Hot Breads into the equation it would not be a correct comparison. The puff looks much bigger than the rest here. Crumbs up a little bit. But the ratio of puffs to filling is a little off. I felt the puff bit was a little more than the filling. One bite no filling in it. Next bite and then comes a little bit of filling and the third bite you get the full load of filling. Filling was quite nice, but a little spicy for my liking. I did like the puff, but the filling was not as moist as the one from Mc Rennett. Some might like this. I did like it but not to a greater extent. Hot Breads has many outlets all over the city. I had picked this up from their Kilpauk outlet. Priced Rs 35/-, it is somewhat a value proposition.

Taste - 7/10
Price - 7/10

I have not taken other bakeries such as Hot Puffs, because they are not up to a certain standard which one would venture to serve your guests.

I have not mentioned any further details about the cake as I would do compare in the upcoming posts.

Disclaimer : I paid for them

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