Pokemon Poffins

Pokemon Poffins! These delicious little treats are fed to your Pokemon in order to increase specific stats and help them compete and win in contests. To make them in-game, players must go through a fun mini-game using their DS Stylus in order to craft the best poffin without spilling or burning the ingredients. Since there are so many different types of poffins, we used food coloring and different flavored jams and jellies to fill the middle in order to replicate the different types of berries you need in game to craft this item. Poffins appear to be modeled after Japanese Anpan, which is a sweet roll usually filled with red-bean paste. We created a variation on a traditional Anpan recipe for ours!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ⅓ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp highly active yeast
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • Gel food colouring
  • Different flavored jam
  • Sesame, flax seeds

Sift the flour into a separate bowl. Combine the milk, sugar, salt, and melted butter in another bowl. Mix together. Add in half of the flour while stirring, then the yeast. Combine one beaten egg with the cup of warm water and add to mixture. Add the final flour and keep whisking until combined.

Dump your contents out onto a well floured surface. Flour your hands too! Begin to knead the dough. If you would like to color your poffins, you must split the dough up at this stage, otherwise you can do it later on after the dough has been kneaded. Add gel coloring to each individual dough puffin and begin to knead for 8-10 minutes. It should take about this long for the color to be fully kneaded in as well. This can get a bit messy, so do your best to contain the coloring inside the dough when kneading as much as possible.

When the dough is ready, prepare separate bowls for each poffin to rise in. Cover the bottom with Pam, butter, or shortening, and place the dough inside. Twirl the poffin until all of its sides are covered. Then cover the top of the container with plastic wrap. Put these in a warm place to let the dough rise for the next 40-50 minutes. Some ovens have a feature that allow you to do this.

After the dough has risen, take the poffins out of the container and punch them down (in this case, just pushing a finger down on top will do). Knead the poffins a few more times to work out any extra gas in them. Shape them into dough balls and let them rest again for 10-15 minutes so they settle. Now prepare your jam! Each poffin has a unique color and berry associated with them, so we tried to match our fictional food to their real life berry counterparts.

For Red Poffins (Spicy) we used red pepper jelly
For Blue Poffins (Beauty) we used blueberry jelly
For Pink Poffins (Cute) we used strawberry jelly
For Green Poffins (Smart) we used fig jelly
For Yellow Poffins (Tough) we used kumquat jelly

Check your local grocery store or Whole Foods and choose your own jellies! There are plenty of berries in the Pokemon world that make up the Poffins, so don’t feel restricted to what we used.

To fill each puffin, flatten them out and spoon a little jelly into the center. Then carefully fold the center edge over to the other and crease the dough along the sides until sealed. Make sure no jam gets in between your creases otherwise they won’t hold and will leak when you bake them. After your poffins have been closed off, shape them in your hand and place them pinched edges down.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C) and place the poffins on a baking pan in there for 10-15 minutes.

That’s it! Let them cool off and enjoy with friends. Try not to hoard all the good stats.