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Chin Chin

By Femi Paseda

Chin chin is one of our best fried pastries which a lot of us enjoy over here in Nigeria. However, a lot of us consider the preparation a lot more complicated than it usually is. Preparing chin chin is not just for chefs; it is something all of us can do, and today we will be looking at how to prepare our beloved chin chin.

Prep Time: 30 mins.

Cook Time: 30 mins.

Total Time: 1 hour.

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ cup or 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp grated lime zest
  • 4 cups of 440 grams all-Purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ tsp of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and lime zest) by hand or in a mixer.
  2. Add the butter to the flour and stir until the butter is completely absorbed.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg and the milk. Continue mixing until you have a sticky dough ball.
  4. Drop the dough ball onto a floured surface and gently massage it until it is smooth, elastic, even in colour, and no longer sticky, adding extra flour as needed.
  5. Chin-chin can be shaped and sized in a variety of ways.
  6. Dough should be divided in half. Roll each half into a small thickness on a floured board, just like linguine or fettuccine. If you have one, you may make things even easier by using a pasta machine and then making the shapes you choose.
  7. Heat your pan by pouring oil (approximately 4 inches high) into it.
  8. Fry until golden in heated oil. Drain and serve after removing from the oil. This can be kept for up to 30 days in a sealed jar.
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