Soft and chewy banana puff puff – quite tasty too!
I don’t know of a single West African- my self included who does not dig puff-puff- they are the quintessential African snack – cheap and filling. When you’re at home in your own country, there are some foods that may not feel like an incredibly important meal to you because it’s shared with everyone around you. Not to talk of the fact that it is available at every street corner imaginable -anytime of the day: morning, night, afternoon and/or in between.
Away from home, however, these foods that seem unimportant, can take on an importance in your home and your eating habits like they never had before…. Until you eat them, you can never feel satiated.
This deep fried dough is one of those foods. I try not to crave this as much but truth be told before my blogging days I use to make these on most weekends and every opportunity I got, but now, not so much-thank goodness! Because it starts as a breakfast food and by the time I know it. I have had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My only gripe with puff puff is that I get bored with it. Let ‘s just say I am one of those adventurous foodies. I have to try out different flavors. This is a new one for me. If you are like me and are up for it, here is another puff puff that you can make with bananas, with a little bit of jolt from nutmeg. This one is chewy, stays soft and quite tasty too!
If you are a puff puff fanatic rejoice! I do have about 6 different variety of puff puff with more to come. Just click on the puff puff name and you can start dancing with joy! Go easy on the puff puff they are not figure friendly.
Whole wheat Accra Banana
- 1 cups warm water
- 2¼-teaspoon active dry yeast (1 packet)
- ¼ - ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large bananas mashed about 1-1/4 cup
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- Oil for deep-frying
- In a large bowl add the warm water, salt, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes
- Then add mashed bananas and mix with a wooden spoon or hands preferably, followed by flour, and nutmeg. Mix well until flour and bananas have been fully incorporated.
- Set the mixture in a warm area and let it rise and double in size -approximately 1- 2 hours
- In a large, sauce pan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter balls), and place on medium heat until oil is 375 degrees.
- The dough is going to be sticky so use your hands to grab a little bit of mixture at time and drop in the oil or use a spoon to spoon up the batter, and another spoon or spatula to drop it in the oil, sort of in the shape of a ball. Do not overcrowd the pan.
- Do so in batch
- Fry for a few minutes until the bottom side is golden brown.
- Turn the ball over and fry for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown.
- Use a large spoon or something like that to take it out of the oil.
- I usually place them on napkins right away to