Tips for making Soft Crunchy ChinChin

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Chinchin is a very popular and one of the easiest to make snack in Nigeria. I do not know of its origin.
But I have come to find that some of the easiest things to make are also the easiest to make a mess of.
Many people have been struck by the “curse” of hard chinchin, even after following a recipe to the letter. It’s easy to blame the recipe, the ingredients, tweak it without much difference.
This pictorial post should guide you.

Let’s Start with a basic  recipe first

Basic Chinchin Recipe
5 cups flour
150g Margarine (you can add more if you want really soft chinchin)
100g – 150g Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon or grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk (you may mix powdered milk with water)

In a bowl combine all dry ingredients

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Next lightly work in the margarine into the flour with your fingers till till it looks like breadcrumbs

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Make well in the center and add wet ingredients. Mix all together till it all binds the mixture must not be sticky. This is where you apply the golden rule!

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GOLDEN RULE.
DO NOT KNEAD (OR OVER WORK ) YOUR FLOUR !!!

Most of the flour available in Nigerian markets have a high gluten level and when you knead you activate the gluten and this would make your chinchin turn out hard instead of soft and crunchy.

*Quick note about gluten
Gluten is responsible for elasticity of dough, which is perceived as chewiness. The difference between bread, quickbread (muffins/scones), and cake is largely due to the difference in gluten formation, with cake having the lowest amount and bread having the highest

See how to handle your dough

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Make into a ball and let your chinchin rest on a counter top or fridge for at leat 30 mins before you cut.

Divide into small balls
On a flour dusted board roll out the dough, using a cookie cutter, cut into your preferred lengths or shapes. Continuously dust the board so the dough doesn’t stick to it.
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Deep fry in moderately hot vegetable oil until golden brown

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Quick Tip
If you live outside Nigeria where the flour is sold in labeled packs, I’d recommend Cake Flour for your chinchin,  if you don’t have cake flour, use you All Purpose Flour but do not over work it. Stay away from Bread Flour if you want to make chinchin.

8 thoughts on “Tips for making Soft Crunchy ChinChin

  1. Tomisin February 20, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    I just make my crunchy chinchin. Its so yummy! Kudos to OUNJE

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  2. Joke July 11, 2015 / 5:43 am

    Followed your recipe and I got just the kind of chin-chin I love. I was never a fan on-chin cos its always so hard that I get a jaw ache after eating it. I once ate some that was so soft and crunchy and I have wondered how to make it ever since. Thanks Labake, keep up the good work. God’s blessings

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  3. bolanle sholola September 12, 2015 / 2:25 am

    Thanks for sharing. I woul like to try out your method but what quantity of water does one need to add to the ingredient?

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    • Ounje September 12, 2015 / 9:05 am

      The recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, if you don’t have liquid or evaporated milk, mix some powdered milk with water to get 1 cup of milk

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  4. paul January 16, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    KUDOS

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  5. paul January 16, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    BUT HOW DO I MAKE MY CHIN CHIN SOFTER

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    • paul April 7, 2017 / 10:06 am

      HOPE THIS SITE IS ALIVE

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  6. Vicky March 17, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Thanks for the recipe. Please my question is, does soft chinchin last as long as the hard one, cos the hard one gives an impression of having a longer shelf life. I as for commercial reasons. Thanks.

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