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Plantain Puff Puff – Sweet and Spicy

Plantain Puff Puff – Nothing beats homemade Puff Puffs! This version of puff puff is made by adding plantains together with the yeast batter, and they turn out soft, savory, and sweet. They’re fresh, soft, and chewy. Not to mention they are super easy to make and absolutely delicious. You will get addicted!

Plantain Puff Puff in a white ceramic sieve bowl

Plantain Puff Puff

If you like plantains and puff puff, then you will love this plantain puff puff. Make sure you make enough of this to go round because there’s no way you can eat just one.

Puff puffs are little bite-sized fluffy sweet yeast dough, which are deep-fried to golden perfection. Adding plantains to puff puff batter takes your puff puff to another level.

Plantain Puff puff balls heaped in a white bowl

What is Puff puff?

Most West Africans are familiar with this snack, but I’ll try and explain if this is new to you.

Puff puff is one of my favorite snacks. They are sweet fritters made from flour, yeast, and warm water (similar to doughnuts). They are then deep-fried until golden brown.

Puff puff is served as a snack or dessert, and it’s best to eat while still hot (as soon as possible) for best taste.

Serve with a cup of tea, juice, coffee, or wine. You can also eat as is, coat with sugar or honey, or dip in hot sauce. 

In this recipe, as you can see from the title, I added plantains, and this gives another dimension to the regular puff puff. If you don’t have overripe plantains or you just want a plantain free puff puff click here for the recipe and click here for my spicy puff puff if you need something spicy.

Watch how to make it:

How to achieve a perfect plantain puff puff

In order to achieve the perfect texture for your plantain puff puff 

  • Always dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and leave the dough to rise in a warm environment
  • It’s very important to give the dough time to rise this will yield a fluffy puff puff. 
  • Deep fry the puff-puff batter in hot oil and fry them in batches in order. Otherwise, the puff puff will probably stick together, and the temperature of the oil will decrease. 

So go ahead, spoil yourself! Give this plantain puff puff recipe a try and enjoy as is, with some sprinkle of sugar, dip in hot sauce, or serve with ice cream! 

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Notes:

  • Sugar is optional because the plantains are really sweet, however, if you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add some.
  • It’s very important to mix the batter for at least one minute. This will help to develop the gluten 
  • I used instant yeast in this recipe, so I did not have to proof my yeast; however, if you are using active yeast, I will advise you to proof it for best results.
Plantain Puff Puff in a white ceramic sieve bowl

Plantain Puff Puff

Plantain Puff Puff – Nothing beats homemade Puff Puffs! They’re fresh, soft, and chewy. Not to mention they are super easy to make and absolutely delicious. You will get addicted!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 hour
Servings: 25 puff puff balls
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Plantains overripe
  • 1/2 Onion Medium
  • 1 Habanero pepper or scotch bonnet
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 tbsp Sugar optional
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 cup water warm (not hot)
  • Oil enough for deep frying

Instructions

  • Blend the Onions, Habanero pepper, and plantains until a smooth batter is formed. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
  • Pour the blended batter and warm water into the flour mixture and mix until well combined. About one minute.
  • Cover and leave the mixture with a fitting lid or a plastic wrap and leave to rise for at least one hour or till the batter has risen about twice it's original size.
  • Mix the dough once again to remove most of the trapped air
  • Preheat the oil in a deep pan (about 375 degrees) start frying in small batches (don't crowd the oil). Cook until the puff puff becomes golden brown and puffy, turning a couple of times to fry evenly on all sides.
  • Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Sugar is optional because the plantains are really sweet, however, if you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add some.
  2. It’s very important to mix the batter for at least one minute. This will help to develop the gluten
  3. I used instant yeast in this recipe, so I did not have to proof my yeast; however, if you are using active yeast, I will advise you to proof it for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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Stella Nkpouto Essiet

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Thank you for always giving me cooking ideas

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 19th of November 2020

You are welcome Stella:)

Divya

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Love it, Thanks so much

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

You are welcome Divya :)

lola

Friday 18th of September 2020

I love your recipes.i made the plantain puff puff and it was delicious.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 4th of October 2020

I’m so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

Rebecca

Monday 17th of August 2020

u have indeed being a blessing to my kitchen world... many thanks

Favour

Friday 7th of August 2020

Lovely recipes, keep it up

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