African Puff puff is a deep-fried dough. They are made from yeast dough, shaped into balls and deep fried until golden brown. It has a doughnut-like texture but slightly more chewy. It is a very common snack eaten by so many countries but with different names and a little bit of variation in the mode of preparation. This snack is an African classic, usually sold in street-side shops.
Puff puff reminds me of my childhood from eating Buns to Meat pie to doughnuts….oh how I miss those good old days!
For West Africans, puff puff needs no introduction. Very few people can resist their allure. It can be eaten as is and you can also dust them with some sugar for a sweeter treat.
Puff puff is a quick and easy recipe with few low-cost ingredients but don’t underestimate how delicious it is because of its simplicity. You almost cannot go wrong making this if the instructions are properly followed and I must say, it is very delicious. Deep frying can be a little messy but the result is worth the cleanup
These are really delicious, though not the healthiest of snacks but they sure taste good!
It is also called Bofrot in Ghana. There is a similar recipe in East and South Africa called Mandazi (fried dough). In French Beignet, in Italy Zeppole just to mention a few.
African Puff puff recipe
- 2 Cups of flour
- 11/4 Cups of Water
- 2 Teaspoons of Yeast
- 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Sugar + 1 teaspoon of sugar for proofing the yeast
- Enough Oil for deep frying
- Mix of half a Cup of water, 1 teaspoon of Sugar and the Yeast in a Bowl. Cover with a lid and set aside for 4-6 minutes.
- In another Bowl, mix the Flour, Sugar,Salt and Nutmeg (dry ingredients).
- Mix together the proofed Yeast and the remaining Cup of Water with the dry Ingredients and mix until the batter is lump free.
- Cover the Dough and allow the it to rise for 1 hour (the risen dough has a distinct sweet smell)
- Preheat the Oil to 360°F and scoop a little bit of dough just like the size of a Table Tennis ball.(You can make it bigger or smaller if you wish) and drop inside the oil.
- Fry both sides until golden brown. If you are finding it hard to turn the puff puff while frying you can just press down the balls a little bit before turning it.
- Though adding Nutmeg to this recipe is very optional. I really like the subtle flavor it gives the Puff puff so it's advisable you add it.
- The hand works well when mixing the dough but you can use the mixer just don't over mix.
- You can also use an Ice cream scoop to drop the dough inside the Oil.
- If your oil is too hot the Puff puff will get burnt before its done and if its not hot enough its going to absorb the Oil leaving the Puff puff Greasy and Soggy
- Try to use a deep fryer or a heavy bottom Pan
- A non stick Pan works best for me!