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Puff-puff as it is popularly called in Nigeria traditional African snack, which goes with different names in other African countries.
Puff-puffs are made of dough containing flour and other ingredients, creating a round shape with it and deep frying in vegetable oil until its golden brown in color. Different people have different ingredients for their puff-puff, it can be taking with drinks such as wine, juice etc. and can also be served with a fruit sauce. Puff-puff is a pastry and can be served at home or at any occasion for lunch or as dessert.
For this recipe of puff-puff, I used plantain. Plantain puff-puff is made with overripe/soft plantains blended and mixed with other ingredients then deep-fried in vegetable oil just like the regular puff-puff. I added chopped fresh pepper and onions because I like the taste of it in my puff-puff. You can use baking powder to save you time but I used dried yeast and allowed the mixture in a warm place for 20minutes to rise.
Plantain puff-puff is very delicious and the plantain makes it healthier as it will take the place of sugar. This is a must try and don’t forget to leave a comment sharing if you prepared one and how it turned out.
• 1 soft plantain
• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon of dry yeast
• ½ Habanero pepper
• A pinch of sea salt
• ¼ of nutmeg
• ¼ of medium onions
• Vegetable oil for deep frying
❖ Peel the plantain, add to the blender, sprinkle some water for grinding and blend into a smooth. Then set aside.
❖ Sift the plain flour into a sizeable flour, add the salt, the nutmeg, and the yeast, then mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
❖ Add the blended plantain in the middle of the mixture and mix well till its properly incorporated.
❖ Add warm water little by little and mix till you get a medium consistency.
❖ Cover with a foil paper and leave in a warm place to rest for 20minutes. For me, I warmed up my oven and placed it inside. (note the oven should be warm, not hot).
❖ Chop the habanero pepper and onions and set aside.
❖ Once it’s 20minutes, you’ll notice some bubbles on top, bring it out and beat the batter with a spoon then add the chopped habanero pepper and the onions.
❖ Heat some vegetable oil in a non-sticking pot until the oil is very hot. The oil should be enough to cover the frying puff-puff.
❖ Once the oil is hot, dip your hand in lukewarm water and scoop small amounts of the batter into the oil using your thumb and a pointer finger to press the puff-puff out.
❖ Stir constantly until golden brown. Reduce the heat to medium if they are browning too fast. This will ensure that the inside is well cooked by the time the outside is golden brown.
❖ Once it’s done, then transfer to a paper-lined sieve to drain.
❖ Serve with a chilled drink.