In todays food post, I am talking Nigerian snacks. Recently, I have been trying my hands on some of my favourite Nigerian snacks. Yesterday was my second time making buns and I keep getting better at it. The first time I made it, my friend was over at mine and it had been something I had craved the longest time. So I decided to try my luck in the kitchen.
Before I go into story telling, I would just like to differentiate between buns and puff puff. I snapchat a lot when I am cooking. So as I fried this, I put it up on my snapchat. I got a lot of comments from people saying they wanted some and they wanted the recipe to. Interesting enough, quite a number of people referred to it as “puff puff”. Now STOP!!! Was it just me that grew up in Nigeria eating buns? Or was my childhood just local? The latter is wrong of course. I grew up tooth 😛
But on a serious note, I don’t expect non Nigerians to recognise this, as it is not as common as puff puff outside of Nigeria/Africa. However, if you did grow up in Nigeria, the name buns should ring a bell. I got familiar with this snack when I was much younger. My sisters took SAT lessons at a school somewhere in Lagos, and I remember close to where they had their lessons, there was this old lady that sat constantly by the road side making them fresh. She was tidy and clean looking. I am picky with food and where I buy it from or what I eat, however, when you are hungry and have no choice, you succumb to what is in front of you. I do not remember how I got initiated initially, however, I do know that I always looked forward to getting my sisters from SAT lessons because of “buns” lol. So yeah, in this light, I guess it is safe to say that “buns” is a Nigerian roadside snack and that is why the “toosh” people get it mixed up :p
So what’s the difference? I mean they look alike, and taste practically the same.
Well it will interest you to know, that unlike puff puff, buns is actually made from baking powder and not yeast. It also defers in texture, as it is crunchy on the outside and really soft inside (you can see from the picture the hardness of the outside). Puff puff on the other hand is soft all round. Buns are usually also bigger in size. Buns is way easier to make. Firstly, it does not require the “rising” process you go through with puff puff. Once the mix is done, it is set to be deep fried.
So the first time I made buns, I made it really fancy. I had it as a proper desert, with strawberries and cappuccino ice cream. It was zoo yummy!!! I wish the pictures of that presentation came out nicer. The second time I made it, which was yesterday, I made a huge batch. This was because the Nigerian Students Association at my school had a general body meeting, and hey, what’s a Nigerian meeting without indigenous snacks? As the President of the organisation and someone who loves to cook, I decided to take up the task. So yeah, the pictures show attempt one and attempt two. Also, I am obsessed with alcohol in food, so instead of the usual vanilla extract, I used a rhum extract. This gave it a unique twist.
To make this, you will need;
1 drop/tbsp Vanilla extract (I used rhum extract)
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar (or less if you do not like sugar)
1tbs baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 liquid milk
canola oil for frying
Preparation is really easy to follow. In a bowl, combine all your dry ingredients and make a hole in the middle. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients, including your cracked eggs. Beat in the eggs till it is well mixed with the other wet ingredients. Now pour into the dry ingredients and use your hand to mix it all together until stretchy and smooth. The mix is meant to come out a little bit thick, so make sure you get your measurements right. In order to use this, use proper measuring tools.
Heat up your oil for frying. When hot, use your hand to scoop buns mix and let it fry till it is golden brown.
Note: When your oil is hot, turn it down a little bit. If you fry the buns on high heat, it might not cook evenly. Also, they are best served hot.
Hope you all find this helpful and have enjoyed reading. I would be putting up a recipe of puff puff much later in my blogging journey. Be sure to follow my Instagram (@wovenblends) for updates.
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Lots of love,