Ginger Puff-Puff

Puff-Puff, Mikate, Gbofloto, Beignet… these are only some of the names given to this delicious African snack food. It can be served for breakfast, snack time or even as a dinner party dessert. The recipe has many versions, but here will show you how to make the puff puff with self raising flour. The ingredients are quite basic, all you need is:  

•        Self-rising flour,

•        Sugar

•        Water

•        Egg (optional)

•        Oil to deep fry

The fun part is that you can decide what to add to the mix for extra flavour. Our favourites are the ginger puff-puff and the banana puff-puff, but you can add anything you want – coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange or lemon zest… you name it!


  • Bowl
  • Wood spoon
  • Processor/blender
  • Saucepan for deep frying
  • Teaspoon or ice cream scoop


•        3 cups Self-rising flour,

•        1 ½ cup Sugar

•        1 ½ - Water

•        4 tsp Natural Ginger Flakes

•        1 tsp Vanilla

•        1 Egg (optional)

•        Frying oil


1.       Put the Natural Ginger Flakes in a processor and pulse until it looks like fine flour.

2.       Add all the ingredients in a bowl then mix.

3.       Pour the oil into a deep pot until it is half full and preheat

4.       Use a teaspoon to scoop up the batter mix and drop it in the hot oil with the help of another teaspoon – try to create a round shape, or simply use an ice-cream scoop. Keep a cup of warm water close by to wet the teaspoon after every 4-5 scoops.

5.       Fry for few minutes on one side, then turn on the other side with the help of a skimmer.

6.       Once they are golden brown, remove from the oil and place on Kitchen roll.

7.       Serve with hot or cold drink.

Ginger puff puff pics