How to make puff puff without yeast and yogurt

Puff puff is a popular West African snack that’s similar to doughnuts, but it’s traditionally made with yeast. However, if you want to make puff puff without yeast and yogurt, you can try this simple alternative recipe that uses baking powder as a leavening agent. Here’s how:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 14 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water (or more, as needed)
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. You can adjust the amount of sugar to your preferred level of sweetness.
  2. Add Water and Vanilla (Optional):
    • Gradually add the water to the dry ingredients while stirring. Start with 1 cup of water and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. If the batter is too thick, you can add a little more water until you reach the desired consistency. If you like, add vanilla extract for flavor.
  3. Heat Oil:
    • In a deep saucepan or frying pan, heat vegetable oil to about 350°F (175°C). You’ll need enough oil to deep fry the puff puff.
  4. Fry Puff Puff:
    • Once the oil is hot, use a spoon or your hand to drop small scoops of the batter into the hot oil. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan to ensure even frying.
    • Fry the puff puff until they are golden brown on all sides, turning them as needed for even cooking. It usually takes about 2-4 minutes for each puff puff to cook through.
    • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried puff puff from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serve:
    • Allow the puff puff to cool for a few minutes before serving. They are best enjoyed while still warm.
  6. Optional Toppings:
    • You can dust the puff puff with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or serve them with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as chocolate sauce or caramel.

This yeast-free and yogurt-free puff puff recipe offers a quick and simple way to enjoy this delicious treat without the need for traditional leavening agents. Adjust the sweetness and flavor to your liking and enjoy your homemade puff puff.

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