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Puff puff

Ivorian donuts (Bofloto or Gbofloto) are very popular in West Africa. Bofloto or Gbofloto is called Botokoin (Togo), Puff puff (Nigeria and Cameroon), Mikate (Democratic Congo), Bofrot (Ghana), BHB (Cameroon). The long list of name is proof of its popularity. The ingredients are the basics of the pastry of wheat flour, sugar, yeast …

Unlike donut balls, which are prepared with baking powder, Bofloto or Gbofloto are prepared with yeast. Bakery yeast must be activated before use. To do this, mix warm water, sugar and yeast stirring vigorously to ensure the complete dissolution of the yeast. Cover and reserve in a warm place for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the foam forms on top, your yeast is activated and ready for use. The other ingredients (wheat flour and salt) are added to the activated yeast. Nevertheless, salt in high concentrations can kill yeast.

When I was a child, I often looked with astonishment at how the women who sold the Bofloto or Gbofloto took the mixture with their fingertips, placed it in the palm of their hands and dropped the mixture into oil. I tried several times to imitate them but I failed, so I use the ice cream spoon. When the Bofloto or Gbofloto are golden, they are transferred and white sugar.


1 + 2/3 cups warm water

2 + 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (1 packet)

3 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon Nutmeg (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Oil for deep frying

Mix sugar, water, and yeast . Set aside for 5 minutes in a warm place to activate the yeast.

Add flour.

Let the mixture rise for approximately 1 hours in a warm place.

Add nutmeg, vanilla and salt and mix thoroughly

Heat your oil.

Using your hands grab a little bit of mixture at time and drop in the oil.

Fry for a few minutes until the bottom side is golden brown.

Turn the ball over and fry for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown.

Use a large spoon or something like that to take it out of the oil. Place them on napkins right away to soak up some of the excess oil.

You can roll the finished product in table sugar or powdered sugar to make it sweeter