Hello Mamalettes, we are kicking off a new section in our website which is called Recipe Friday. Are you as excited as I am about this new section, we would feature different recipes you can easily try out in your house, we would even feature recipes you can make with the assistance of your kids as a bonding and fun experience.
In honor of our first feature Recipe Friday we are going to be teaching on how to make Puff Puff. Puff puff is one of the most common and loved snack in Nigeria. Puff puff is made at virtually every street corner but why not try this recipe out at home with the assistance of your kids. The good part of this snack is that it is very easy to make and you don’t need too much ingredients to make the snack.
- 2 cups of Plain Flour
- 2 teaspoons of yeast (the one used in baking bread)
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
- ½ cup granulated sugar (or to your taste)
- 3 pinches of salt
- 1 tsp of ground pepper (Optional)
- 1 cup of Lukewarm water (for mixing)
- Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Note that if your yeast is the type that looks like tiny pebbles or is like paste, mix it with lukewarm water and set aside. you will add it later when you have added water to the Puff Puff mix. If your yeast is in powder form, then add it when you add the other dry ingredients to the flour
- Put the flour in a bowl, add the ground nutmeg, ground pepper, sugar and salt. Mix all these together.
- Add the yeast you mixed with lukewarm water. To get lukewarm water boil water on fire then leave to cool down, check the temperature of the water by testing on the back of your palm, if it burns it is too hot the temperature at which you could barely feel the heat or coldness of the water. In other words, you’d look for the temperature to pretty much match the temperature of your own skin.
- Add the water and yeast mixture in small quantities and mix everything by hand till you have a good blend of all the ingredients. Keep mixing till the batter is smooth but not too watery to flow from a spoon.
- Cover the bowl with aluminum foil or a clean kitchen napkin and make sure it is airtight then put in a warm corner like your kitchen cabinet, microwave or oven
- Leave to rise for about 1 hour. The Puff Puff batter should have risen in quantity and will have some air bubbles. If it doesn’t rise at this point that means your yeast is bad.
- Pour some oil in a deep pot and allow to heat up. It’s not advisable to use a deep fryer for Puff Puff because of the netting
Note: The oil should be at least 3 inches deep. This is so that the puff puff will become spherical when scooped into the oil. You don’t want to end up with flat Pancakes
- Test that the oil is hot enough by putting a drop of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and comes up to the surface of the oil, then the oil is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will go down to the bottom of the oil and stay there.
- When the oil is hot enough, scoop some batter into the oil with your hand by pressing the batter to come out from between your thumb and index finger.
- Put in more scoops of the batter, as much as the space in the frying pot will allow without overcrowding.
- Once the underside of the puff puff has turned golden brown, flip the ball so that the topside will be fried as well.
- When both sides are golden brown, take out the puff puff balls and place in a sieve. If you want to reduce the oil on your Puff Puff as much as possible, then line your sieve with paper towels. The paper towels help soak away the excess oil on the puff puff.
Now your puff puff is ready to serve. We hope you and your kids enjoyed making this snack. We would love to get your feedback
This recipe originally appeared on All Nigerian Recipe