I have a confession! Puff puff is my number one weakness! When I started dating my husband, we went together to Lagos Island to do some shopping, I saw a puff puff vendor by the road side and bought 200 naira’s worth of puff puff . The puff puff were sold at 5 naira each and so we had about 40 pieces between the two of us. The young man was shocked when i single handedly ate 30 little pieces of puff puff (I was very hungry sha o), there and then he confirmed that I was the puff puff eating queen. My little oga is the new king of puff puff, he danced with glee when he saw me step out of the kitchen with a plate of puff puff and went straight for the kill.
250 g Flour ( 2 Cups)
100 g Sugar (1/2 Cup)
1 tablespoon Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cups Water or less
Test to see that your yeast is active. To do this, add 1/2 tsp of sugar to a 1/8 cup of warm water and add the yeast. Leave it for about 10 minutes, you may not even wait up to 2 minutes before you see the yeast start to froth. See picture below for active yeast and inactive yeast.
The yeast on top is active while the yeast below is not. If you don’t test your yeast before use, you might find yourself wasting a batch of puff paste that refused to rise. Even if you go ahead to fry, you wouldn’t not get the puff puff chewy effect or taste. The water used to activate the yeast should not be too hot, you should be able to stick a finger into it. Sugar is added to yeast so that the bacteria can start to work on the sugar hence activating the yeast.
– Mix all ingredients together with clean hands, a wooden spoon or with a dough hook until smooth and elastic.
– Cover to rise for about 1 hr in a warm place, it would right to about twice it’s size .
– Heat up oil and turn the heat to medium or low.
Turn the sides frequently to have both sides, evenly browned. Scoop out of the oil when it is a golden brown. *If you have bigger balls, that it is golden brown on the outside may not mean it is cooked through.
– Fry in a deep pan.
– Once the oil is hot, Turn the heat down to the lower range of medium.
– Don’t fry balls that are too large.
– A tip I learnt from the street vendors is that, as they scoop the paste into the hot oil, they wait for the balls to float,then they use a slotted spoon to move it to the side and add more into the oil. The frying basin may look crowded but it helps with heat control. The balls won’t burn and they would cook through. As they scoop out the first set they add more to the second set, and so on till all is done.
The possibilities with puff puff are boundless. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your puff puff.