Nigerian chocolatey puff puff



2 cups of Plain Flour
4 teaspoons of yeast (the one used in baking bread)
1 whole nutmeg (grated)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/3 cup of sugar
1teaspoon of salt
Some chopped chocolate bars
1 cup of Lukewarm water
Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Yield: 2 dozen puff puffs


* Put yeast in a bowl.Add a bit of lukewarm water (from the 1cup). Cover and set aside
* Put the flour in a bowl, add the ground nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Mix.
* Add remaining water in increasing quantity,till its all mixed in. Use a wooden ladle or your hands. Add the pre-disolved yeast.
* Add remaining water and mix till the batter is smooth. The mix should not be runny.
* Cover with a dishtowel or cling film and place in a warm place (Now here’s where I got creative…I had no aluminium foil or cling film,so I found a good old nylon,covered the bowl. Fitted the bowl over a pot of stew I made about 15minutes earlier,then I covered with the pot cover which fit perfectly over the bowl).
* Leave to rise about 30mins-45mins. The mix at this point had increased in quantity and had air bubbles.
* Pour oil into the pan. About 2 inches deep.  Remember,we are deep frying.
* When the oil is hot enough, drop a chocolate cube in the batter and scoop some batter with your hands by shaping your fingers like a funnel,then using the thumb to push the batter out through the funnel into the oil. This gives a nice ball. Ensure that the batter completely covers the chocolate. Put as many balls as the pan can take. Flip when one side browns. (I fount that I had troubles flipping them,they kept turning back and at some point I had to hold them down with the spoon).

* When both sides are golden brown, take out the puff puff balls and place in a paper towel lined sieve.
* Serve hot or cold.


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