The genius of puff puff is in the simplicity of the dough: A nutmeg-spiked batter, a bit of patience for the yeast to rise and time to fry up the balls will result in the most delightful little puffs. If the batter seems wet, you are on the right track. The consistency should be similar to a yeasted pancake or waffle batter. Tossing the fried dough in spiced sugar is optional, but recommended: The added layer creates an irresistible crunch. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1 ½cups/360 milliliters warm water or whole milk (110 degrees)
- 4teaspoons/15 grams active dry yeast
- ⅔cup/135 grams granulated sugar
- 3cups/385 grams all-purpose flour
- 1tablespoon/10 grams kosher salt
- ½teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 3to 4 cups canola oil or other neutral oil, for frying
- ½cup/100 grams granulated sugar
- ½teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼teaspoon ground allspice
- Pinch of ground cloves
Step 1In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit until foamy, 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 2In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, nutmeg and the remaining sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture once it’s foamy. Combine, stirring with a wooden spoon, to incorporate all the ingredients into a smooth batter. The batter should be wet and slightly loose, similar to a yeasted waffle batter.
Step 3Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel, and allow dough to double in size, about 40 minutes.
Step 4Meanwhile, prepare the spiced sugar: In a medium bowl, toss the sugar, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to combine; set aside.
Step 5Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep skillet. Line a baking sheet with a rack or paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Step 6Once the batter has doubled in size, heat the oil over medium-high to 350 degrees. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid crowding the skillet. Fry the puff puff, turning frequently until golden brown all over and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. (Be careful not to let the oil get too hot or the exteriors will become overly dark before the interiors are cooked through.) Move the puff puff to the rack or paper towels to drain and repeat the process until all the batter has been fried.
Step 7Toss the puff puff in the spiced sugar to coat while still warm. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.