Sunday, 8 June 2014

Puff Puff

                     
Puff Puff as popularly called in Nigeria; or Bofrot in Ghana is a classic deep-fried snack made of dough containing flour (self-raising or plain), yeast, sugar and and water. It can be made using different variations such as the addition of vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg; depending on individual tastes.

Any Nigerian both home and in the diaspora can testify to the fact that a party without Puff Puff as one of the snacks is not a party; which explains why this snack is so delicious, tasty and appeals to almost everyone. 

It is easy to make;yet quite complicated. I would say it is quite easy because the mixing of the dough is straightforward; however, complicated because if the steps are not followed carefully. 

It is really easy to make, even if you are a first time; all you need is to follow the recipe. 

Here is a quick recipe of this snack. 
Ingredients
Self-raising flour (250g)
Yeast (2 tablespoons)
Granulated Sugar (4 tablespoons)
Lukewarm water (1 Cup)
Salt (2 pinches)
Sunflower/vegetable oil (5-6 cups)

Instructions
  1. Pour all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix together.
  2. In increments, add water and continue mixing (you can mix with your hands, a wooden spoon, or a mixer)
  3. Ensure the mixture has a stretchy, elastic cake batter consistency (Not runny) 
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate or a kitchen napkin.
  5. Place the bowl in an unlit oven for 1 hour.
  6. Remove the bowl, now the mixture should have risen with puffs of air in it. 
  7. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or a pot (not a frying pan: deep-frying is needed; and not shallow-frying)
  8. Test the hotness of the oil by dropping a spoonful of batter (if hot enough, the batter will rise immediately to the top of the oil)
  9. If hot enough, continue dropping the batter in the oil (you can choose to use your hands rather than the spoon too)
  10. If using your hands, scoop the batter into your palm and drop it in oil by pressing the batter between your thumb and your fingers.
  11. Fry the batter on medium heat until golden brown.
  12. Medium heat is recommended; as it ensures the batter cooks entirely whilst frying. High heat will brown the batter but not cook it well. 
  13. Line a bowl with a kitchen towel; and transfer the puff puff into this to drain the oil.
  14. Repeat the frying process till all the batter is fried. 
  15. Voila!!! Puff Puff is ready.
  16. Enjoy 

NB: Puff Puff can also be served in a with Strawberry or Raspberry Coulis for a Fusion style. It can also be served rolled in Sugar or Cinnamon. 

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