Looking an indulgent treat? Aren’t we all! Well in an attempt to switch it up we decided to get baking and made a batch of mandazi – traditional African doughnuts. Not all is it unbelievably delicious and easy to prepare, but they’re not overwhelmingly sweet. If you’d like to add a little extra sweetness to them we suggest you dust a little powdered-sugar on top or even better serve them with caramel or chocolate dipping sauce. Yum!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- vegetable oil for frying donuts
- In a small bowl mix the yeast and warm water and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves.
- In the bowl of your mixer, add flour, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon and mix. Add vegetable oil, egg, coconut milk, sugar and yeast mixture.
- Using the hook attachment mix everything until the dough is not too sticky and it does no longer stick to the side of the bowl, add additional flour as needed.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about an hour until the dough rises a bit.
- Heat oil in a frying pan or a wok works well for this.
- Cut the dough in about 6 pieces to make it easier to roll and cut. Roll each piece so that the dough is about 1 cm (less than ½ inch) in thickness. Cut into triangles and place in hot oil. Fry on both sides. Place doughnuts on paper towels to soak up the oil. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.