Before we begin i'd love to say a big thank you to my sweet freind @evegrace for the mention, God bless you.
Now let's begin, the dictionary defines desert as a sweet confection served as the last course of a meal.
I am a Nigerian and we have so many dessert over here that could be served as the last course of a meal, some of which are Akara balls made from beans, moi-moi still made from beans, puff-puff etc.
So today we will be talking about puff-puff.
Puff-Puff is a very common dessert in Nigeria and can also be eaten as a snack.
The Nigerian Puff Puff is a spongy, deep-fried, spherical snack that originated from Nigeria. It is soft and springs back to touch, like when you pinch a foam sponge. Its draws like a rubber band when caught in between the teeth😀😀.
I know y'all would be wondering how it taste, how it could be done as in the procedures, the ingredients etc but not isn't it the reason I am making this post, yeah just to tell you about it and how it could be done should incase you want to try it out😜😜.
First the ingredients;
2 cups (250g) of Plain Flour.
2 teaspoons of yeast (the one used in baking bread)
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
½ cup granulated sugar (or to your taste)
3 pinches of salt.
Lukewarm water (for mixing)
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Now the procedure, least I forget this is one of most loved dessert(snacks), the way it draws and drags back like a rubber band when its caught between my teeth gives me so much joy😛😛😛.
Lol enough of the fun let's get to know how it is being prepared, that's the procedure;
Before we begin you have to know that if your yeast is the type that looks like tiny pebbles or is like paste, you have to mix it with lukewarm water and set aside. you will add it later when you have added water to the Puff Puff mix. If your yeast is in powder form, then add it when you are adding the other dry ingredients to the flour.
First of all put the flour in a bowl, add the grounded nutmeg, powdered yeast, sugar and salt. Mix all these together.
Add water in small quantities and mix everything by hand till you have a good blend of all the ingredients. Add the yeast you mixed with lukewarm water if applicable. Use warm water to mix the puff puff ingredients if you want it to rise faster.
Keep mixing till the batter is smooth but not too watery to flow from a spoon. The mix should be thick.
Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and make sure it is airtight by pressing the edges of the bowl.
Leave it to rise for about 45 minutes. When OK to fry, the Puff Puff batter should have risen in quantity and will have some air bubbles.
Put some oil in a deep pot and allow to heat up. It's not advisable to use a deep fryer for Puff Puff because of the netting but if you want to use it, set the temperature to 170°C.
Test that the oil is hot enough by putting a drop of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and comes up to the surface of the oil, then the oil is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will go down to the bottom of the oil and stay there.
When the oil is hot enough, scoop some batter into the oil with your hand by pressing the batter to come out from between your thumb and index finger, this is what will make the Puff Puff have a near-perfect spherical shape.
In case you can't use your fingers,you can as well use a puff-puff dispenser, picture below👇👇👇👇👇👇👇, it could still give you the spherical shape, in shot a perfect one.
Put in more scoops of the batter, as much as the space in the frying pot will allow without overcrowding.
Once the underside of the puff puff has turned golden brown, flip the ball so that the topside will be fried as well.
When both sides are golden brown, take out the puff puff balls and place in a sieve. If you want to reduce the oil on your Puff Puff as much as possible, then line your sieve with paper towels. The paper towels help soak away the excess oil on the puff puff.
That's how the Nigerian Puff Puff is made. You can serve it with a chilled drink, hmm yummy and delicious😛😛😛😋😋😋😋😅😅😄😄😆😆.
Hoping to see you try something out and tell me how yours taste.
I wouldn't be selfish so I call @tomlee, @starstrings and @udygold to also come and tell us about their dessert. Here is the link to the post in case you are as well interested.
Thanks for stopping by.