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puff puff with pepper

Nigerian Puff Puff with Pepper

This Nigerian Puff Puff with pepper recipe will change your life! Puff puff are similar to doughnuts and are normally served as a starter or snack.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Nigerian
Keyword: puff puff
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 650 ml of warm
  • ½ Tbsp of salt
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 1 pack or 2 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast
  • 700 g of plain flour
  • ½ tbsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 tbsp of pepper
  • vegetable oil or sunflower oil


  • Add 650ml of warm (but not hot!) water to a mixing bowl. Add ½ Tbsp of salt, 200g of sugar, and 1 pack or 2 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast to the bowl. Whisk these ingredients together and let them sit for 5 minutes while the yeast activates.
  • Add 700g of plain flour and ½ tbsp of nutmeg and 1/4-1/2 tbsp of pepper to the mixture and mix it all together. At this point, your puff puff batter should look a lot like pancake batter. Put the mixture aside again, this time with a clean cloth over the top of the bowl, and let it rise for 1-2 hours. Keep it in a warm place while it rises.
  • In a second bowl, add some paper towels. Set it aside for later.
  • Once 1-2 hours have passed and your batter has risen, heat up some vegetable oil (or sunflower oil) in a saucepan. You should have enough oil that it will cover all of the puff puffs that you add to it.
  • In one hand, scoop a ½ handful of the mixture and squeeze it into the heated oil. Fry until brown. With a slotted spoon, remove the puff puff and let it dry. Repeat until you have used all of the batter.
  • Enjoy!