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All hail the plantain queen! That’s the new title I’ve been given since I posted my plantain and egg aka. the dodoyi recipe on my Facebook and Instagram pages. A recipe that went viral with over 1,7 million views in two months. Watch the viral video here. That’s why I’m super excited to share this mouth-watering recipe with you my lovelies: it’s my signature Sympli Sugar-free plantain puff puff.
This plantain puff puff is your regular puff puff with a twist. They are epic. If I can say so myself. Made using Sympli freshly frozen ripe plantain, there is no need for added sugar. They are extra sweet on their own. *Drooling*.
I love plantains!
Those who know me, know that my love for plantain starts from here to eternity. I could eat plantain for the whole of Africa. Whether it is plantain bread, or my epic plantain cake, or these wickedly delicious plantain muffin cups, ripe plantains are just my favorite food to eat. They are not only sweet to the taste but pack a serious nutritional punch too.
One benefit that really stands out is its vitamin A content which helps to boost our immune system, support health and prevent various cancers and skin diseases. That’s why I’m so excited to create or discover new ways to enjoy the yummiest food in the whole wide world. That’s in my opinion of course! 🙂
My sister-friend and blogger Kewan Mildred originally developed this plantain puff puff recipe. For the original recipe, please visit kewanblogs.com. I wanted to add my signature to it, so I included vanilla extract and instead of buying, peeling and slicing plantain, I used the Sympli freshly frozen ripe plantains. They’ve done all the work so you can get in and out of the kitchen in a twinkle of an eye. Convenient huh?!
Oh! Haven’t you heard? Sympli Natural Nigeria makes life in the kitchen a breeze with their freshly frozen products. Awesome goodness, authentic African food, delicious like home. My go-to African tubers at the moment. I give all the details about the various products and their benefits in this post.
How to make Sympli Sugar-free plantain puff puff
It’s as easy as making your regular puff puff. First, you want to make sure you thaw your Sympli ripe plantains. Then blend it with a bit of water, add a pinch of salt and vanilla extract. I love the flavor vanilla extract adds to this recipe. It’s oh-so-good. Vanilla in my food reminds me of cake. Say goodbye to cake cravings my lovelies! If you do not have access to vanilla extract, you can either replace it with cinnamon or leave it out completely. Your plantain puff puff will still taste great.
The next step is to activate your yeast by add lukewarm water to it. Let it sit for three to five minutes. This step is crucial if you want your plantain puff puff to rise. You can also use wet yeast. 42g for every 500g of flour. Alternatively, baking powder would do the trick too. You will need 3 teaspoons for this recipe.
While your yeast is in activation mode, go ahead and pour in your flour in another bowl. Make a well in the middle and add in your puréed plantain mixture. Mix it into a smooth consistency while adding your yeast bit by bit. Cover the mixture with a clean kitchen cloth and allow it to rise. This should take 20 to 30 minutes if you followed the recommendations above.
Now you are ready to deep fry that dough. Heat about 2 liters of vegetable oil in a large deep skillet or pot. Scoop some dough into your palms and press out round balls using your thumb and pointer finger. Watch me fry the perfectly rounded plantain puff puff below.
Fry your plantain puff puff till golden brown stirring gentle as you fry. Are you to authentic African enjoyment? Then make some hot pepper sauce to go with it. Oh my yum! The enjoyment will last forevermore. If you try this recipe, please tag, twit, Facebook or Instagram me a picture because as always, I love to see your own creation.
- 1 packet Sympli ripe plantains
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- 3 tsp. dry yeast
- 2 cups of warm water (for activating yeast)
- 1/2 cup of cold (for blending plantains)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Oil for deep-frying
- Thaw Sympli ripe plantain. Cut open, add 1/2 cup of water and blend into a smooth paste.
- Pour plantain purée into a large bowl, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In another bowl, mix yeast with water and allow to activate for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour flour in a bowl, make a well and pour plantain purée mixture into it. Stir while adding yeast mixture bit by bit until mixture is smooth.
- Cover mixture with a clean kitchen cloth and allow to rise. This should take 20 to 30 minutes if the above-mentioned processes where followed well.
- Once your dough has risen, heat about 2 liters of vegetable oil in a deep skillet or pot and fry your plantain puff puff till golden brown making sure to stir from time to time.
- Enjoy with hot pepper sauce.
- 1. If you do not have access to vanilla extract, replace with cinnamon or leave it out completely. Your plantain puff puff will still taste delicious.
- 2. You can use 3 teaspoons of baking powder to replace dry yeast as well.
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