Soft, spongy pillows of cake! These quick cake-like donut poppers are perfect for breakfast, snacks or with your evening tea.
These donut poppers are originally from Africa and I tasted these at a friend’s place who’s from Cameroon but lives in London. These poppers or African doughnuts, as they are popularly called, are generally made at parties as snacks, or at least at my friend’s place. Almost cake-like, these fried balls of dough are perfect with coffee or breakfast, that’s how I’ve been eating these. They’re also great for when you get those occasional hunger pangs in middle of nowhere. Pop one in your mouth and you’re set for an hour! 😀
This is however, not my friend’s recipe, she used yeast and I didn’t. Mine were more like cake and hers were more like bread, probably because of the yeast. I couldn’t get hold of her so I adapted this recipe from this blog.
The best part about these donut poppers is than you can go crazy with variations. Orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon or just about any flavor you like. I went for the regular ones, with loads of vanilla. There are a lot of ways you can present them, dunk them in sugar and cinnamon or serve them smothered with chocolate, its really your call how you’d like to please taste buds. I used some leftover chocolate and orange sauce and dropped it over them making them perfect.
Makes around 2 dozen Donut Poppers
Prep Time: 10 minutes:
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes (in batches)
For Donut Poppers
- Flour, 2 1/4 cup
- Baking Powder, 2 teaspoon
- Sugar, 2/3 cup
- Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
- Milk, 1/2 cup
- Eggs, 3 large at room temp.
- Vanilla Essence, 2 teaspoons
- Vegetable Oil, 1/4 cup
- Oil for deep frying
- Optional flavourings, 1 or 2 teaspoons (Orange zest, Lemon zest, Nutmeg, Cinnamon)
For Chocolate Sauce
- Dark Chocolate, 60 grams
- Milk, 1/2 cup or 120 ml
- Orange zest peel, 2 zest peels around 3″ long or similar
*If you would like to flavour the donut poppers, add in 2 teaspoons of the flavour you like, For example, 2 teaspoons of lemon zest will work perfectly for this recipe. Go easy with nutmeg and cinnamon though, 1 teaspoon will be enough.
- Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate jar, mix together milk, eggs, vanilla essence, optional flavoring and oil. Whisk this mixture properly and little by little add it to the dry ingredients using a spatula or a wooden spoon. Do not over mix this batter, just mix until you see dry flour, when you no longer see flour or lumps stop mixing and proceed.
- Heat oil in a pan. You’ll have a batter now, what you need to do is using your 4 fingers (ONLY fingers) scoop out the batter and release in hot oil using your thumb. If you can’t get hold of this procedure, you can use two spoons, use one to scoop out the batter and other to release the batter into hot oil, what you’re looking for is a ball like drop of batter. Deep fry the balls for a few minutes until the bottom side turns golden brown, when they do, turn them over and deep fry until the other side also becomes nice and golden.
- It is highly important to fry the balls in batches. You can decide the size for yourself but ideally they should be 1 1/2 -2 inches in diameter.
- After frying the balls, transfer them to dish lined with kitchen paper to soak up the excess oil and you’re done!
- To make the chocolate sauce, heat milk in a pan with orange zest peel, once the mixture reaches a boil strain the orange peel out and add in the chocolate. Turn the heat to low and let the chocolate melt, mix occasionally. Your chocolate sauce is ready to serve once the chocolate has melted and formed smooth shiny mixture. Enjoy hot over your donuts.
Enjoy these donut poppers over breakfast, over coffee or both. It is pretty much great for everything !