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TextThe lightness of deep fried beignets is said to have inspired the French name pets de nonne (literally "nun's farts"). The French Wikipedia identifies an earlier term for the dessert, paix-de-nonne ("nun's peace"), which is pronounced the same as pets de nonne, and likely the origin of the later term. The origin of the English name "nun's puffs" is said to be a mystery. A certain butter mixture is called "nun's butter", made with butter, sugar, wine and nutmeg. Nun's farts are one of several foods that reference the church (others include nun's sighs, angel food cake, cardinal mousse, hermit's food, twelfth-night cake, scripture cake, Christmas cake, Quaker cake, Jerusalem pudding, and devil's food cake). See also