What are the best ingredients for making Nigerian puff-puff? If you never had puff-puff before, it’s a Nigerian breakfast snack (didn’t know there was such a thing as breakfast snack) that is a mix between cake and donut, as to which makes it an ideal snack. Years ago, my Nigerian neighbor in the United States invited me over for a snack. She asked me if I ever had puff-puff before and I said no. She described it like this: “It has the consistency of a donut.” Because I love donuts, I knew I would love this snack.
Unfortunately for me, I had forgotten the name of the snack – and what’s more, I didn’t write down the recipe. So, I took my hunt to #Google and discovered several different ways to prepare the sweet savory snack. I must admit, it was perplexing.
My first attempt at puff-puff was following a recipe that called for water and salt. Yes, it went terribly wrong. I wouldn’t recommend using just water because it doesn’t give it that smooth and rich taste that milk offers. Many recipes on the internet are silent on several critical ingredients that would make your puff-puff yummy and perfect.
After my recipe had failed, I phoned a Nigerian friend whose sister is a renowned puff-puff maker, so the compliments of this recipe go to her, as well as all the inspiring puff-puff makers. Well, what are you waiting for, let’s make the best puff-puff for 2018!
I took my hunt to the internet but found different recipes on how to prepare the sweet-savory snack. I was confused. My first attempt at making puff-puff went terribly wrong as the one recipe I got off the internet seemed to be silent on several of the ingredients that a critical on making the puff-puff as yummy as it can be. My good friend is from Nigeria. Her sister made some puff-puff and she gave me a few. After tasting her sister’s puff-puff treat, I had to have the recipe!
ingredients to gather
• 2 1/2 tablespoons of yeast
• 1/2 cup of sugar (optional: coconut sugar gives it a crunch)
• 1/3 cup of warm water
Mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of yeast and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl. Next, add 1/3 cup of warm water into the yeast and sugar mix. Stir until it becomes a watery consistency (but don’t drown the yeast and sugar!).
Cover the mix with plastic wrap and set aside. You’ll uncover the mix in about 20 minutes.
ingredients to gather
• 7 cups of self-rising flour
• 2 tablespoons of nutmeg
• 5 cups of sugar
• 5 cups of milk
• 2 eggs
• Two large bowls
Mix the milk and eggs in one bowl.
In another bowl, sift 7 cups of self-rising flour into a bowl. Create a hole in the center and add the nutmeg and sugar. Stir in folding motions. Next, create another hole in the center of the dry mix and pour the milk and egg mixture. Stir in fold-like motions.
Next, create a hole and add the yeast mixture and continue the folding motions. Continue to fold until your arms get sore. Not kidding! Continue to stir into fold-like motions for about 15 minutes. If your arm gets sore, switch with a friend or take a little break.
Separate the puff-puff mixture evenly into the two-large bowls, plastic wrap, and set out in room temperature for 45 minutes.
other things to gather
• Vegetable oil
• Small to medium ice cream scooper.
Pour vegetable oil into a deep-frying pan and put the stove on medium heat. Once the oil heats up, use a small to medium ice-cream scooper to scoop the mixture into the hot pan. Fill the pan with puff-puff scoops. When the puff-puff is golden-brown on one side, flip on the other until done.
And there you have it, the best way to make delicious #Nigerianpuff-puff!