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Nigerian Puff puff

Puff puff is a street snack that is very common in Nigeria. You see people buying and eating it on their way to work or their destinations in the morning or any time of the day. I don’t know how the sellers do it because very early in the morning you see them dishing out hot puff puff like they slept in their stall the previous night.

Puff puff is a delicious snack, it can be eaten any time of the day and it is being served in parties as small chops now.The ingredients are just basic, no special equipment and easy to mix. I didn’t want it too sweet, but feel free to add as much sugar as you want.

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Nigerian Puff puff
  • 3.5 Cups All-purpose Flour (sifted)
  • 7 g Active yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated sugar (you can add more or less)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry pepper (optional)
  • Oil (enough for frying)
  1. Yeast proof: In a small bowl, mix warm water(1/2 cup), yeast and sprinkle a lit bit of sugar and set aside, for about 5-10 minutes (until it foamed up)

  2. Dry ingredients: Mix flour, sugar, salt, pepper (if you're using). The dry pepper is totally optional but if you want some "spice" sprinkle some dry pepper and mix.

  3. Mix the dry ingredients with the yeast mixture (yeast proof) and the remaining water.

    puffpuff dough
  4. Put the mixture in a dark warm place (I sometimes use microwave or oven) and let it rise for about 1-2  hours or more to rise.

    puff puff dough doubled rise
  5. In a fryer or deep bottom saucepan, pour enough oil for frying and heat in a high medium heat. Make sure the oil is hot.

  6. Use an ice cream scoop or your hand to scoop (like a ball) and drop into the hot oil. (watch your hand)

  7. When the bottom part is brown flip and lets the other side fry for a few more minutes.

  8. When it's all golden brown, take them out of the oil and drop on a lined pan to drain. Repeat the process until all the dough is finished.

    puffpuff drained on a paper towel
  9. Serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you're using an ice cream scoop or your hand to drop the dough, grease it with some oil to avoid sticking or mix small water with a drop of oil and dip your hand or the scoop before dropping the dough. 

You can add as much sugar as you want.

You might like to try Potato Chips

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  2. Aliyah.. Your puff puff recipe is so helpful.. I have a catering school and my students kindof prefer this recipe to mine. Keep it up dear!

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