Mama’s Puff Puff –Guest Post from Lola Jaye, author of Being Lara and By the Time You Read This

In Nigeria, when a new baby is forty days old, Puff Puff is handed out in celebration. During Christian wake keeping, it is also handed out to mourners, typically a day before the funeral.

To me, Puff Puff is simply delicious! A spongy, round doughnut that, with every bite, takes me back to being a nine-year-old, running around the yard as the aroma of frying Puff Puff filled my nostrils, knowing I would soon get the call to “Come and take!”

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  • 5 oz water
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cooking oil (for deep frying)

 Using your fingertips, mix the above ingredients (minus the oil) in a bowl until soft and fluffy (this may take a while and a lot of strength!). Mix well and into a dropping consistency. Cover and keep someplace warm for at least four hours or overnight.

Heat oil in a frying pan—when hot (test by putting a drop of batter into the oil; the batter will rise to the top if hot enough) place dollops (or balls) of the mixture into the pan for a few minutes until golden brown. Carefully take out the balls with a spoon (please be careful, the oil is very hot) and place them on a paper towel to soak up the oil, then sprinkle with sugar if desired. Now, you’re all set!

 Serve hot or cold.

(Serves: 1 to 2—depending on how hungry you are!)


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