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Baked Soft Mandazi

Baked Soft Mandazi -- Baked East African Beignet flavored with cardamom, nutmeg and mixed with coconut. So tender and indulgent, without the guilt!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 5 -6
Calories 188kcal
Author Imma


  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • Evaporated milk 5 oz. l can or ¾ cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated coconut or coconut flakes
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cardamom spice
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg or cinnamon
  • powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar to sprinkle
  • Vegetable oil for coating


  • In a large bowl add the warm water, evaporated milk, salt, sugar and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add eggs.
  • Then add 3 ½ cups flour, butter, cardamom, nutmeg, grated coconut and mix by hands or in a stand mixer.
  • Turn dough on a lightly floured surface, knead dough until all the ingredients have been fully incorporated and the dough is not too sticky, when touched, gradually adding the remaining flour if you need be, err on the side of less flour than more flour. Mix dough until smooth about 1 -2
  • minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover
  • Loosely with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
  • Roll out dough in to 1 inch thick. Cut in bite size or desired shapes
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with foil and coat with cooking spray or oil. Place mandazi on baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until slightly turning brown.
  • Remove let it rest. If desired, you can sprinkle with powdered sugar to make it sweeter.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.6mg