Tasty, bite-sized, addictive, crispy… these are some of the words I use to describe this decadent snack that owes its origin to West Africa. There are different adaptations to this snack depending on the country it’s made in. Our variation is going to be somewhat healthy because we will be baking instead of deep-frying. Originally, chin chin was reserved for very special occasions such as Christmas, weddings and birthdays but today it’s one of the most loved West African street foods.
My oven-baked soft chin chins are super soft and perfectly seasoned to make your breakfast or mid-morning extra special. After preparing them once or twice, feel free to adapt the recipe to your own desire. For example, you can play around with the spices. You can use cinnamon for a sweet bakery aroma or turmeric to make your chin chins yellow or grated beets to make them red on the inside.
Be warned once you make chin chins at home, everyone in your household will be left demanding for more! Enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE OVEN-BAKED CHIN CHIN
This Oven-baked chin chin is a delicious West-African treat ,that you need to try out! It is a much healthier option because it is oven-baked instead of deep fried. It is a delicious snack that goes perfectly with tea or coffee. Try out this recipe! It is a snack that you will want to munch on the whole day!
4 ¾ Cups flour
¾ Cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
½ Cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of milk or water
2 tablespoons water or milk (only if needed)
Preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F.
Mix all dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and nutmeg together.
Then mix milk, egg and vanilla liquid together in a separate bowl and put it aside.
Add the butter into the dry ingredients and mix it with your hands until both are well mixed up.
Then add the milk, egg, vanilla extract mixture into the dry ingredients and mix it well together.
Make sure to knead the dough on a floured surface and add more flour if needed until the dough is smooth.
Take half of the dough and start rolling it out until it is 1/5 - 1/6 inches thick and start to cut your desired shape. There are many different ways to cut chin chin, which vary in size and shape. In my view, the oven-baked chin chin come out best when they are a little bit bigger than the fried ones.
Use a pizza knife to get the best result or a sharp knife.
Put the pieces on oiled oven sheets and sprinkle some oil on top of them. Then, put them in the oven for around 15- 20minutes. While baking, check a few times to see if the color turns into a light golden brown.
Take them out and enjoy.
You can easily keep them for a few weeks. Make sure to put them in a covered cake box or food container.
It’s meant to be baked not fried
After making my floor once I start frying my chin chin will not be strong it will spoil inside the oil why
😭😭it is so heartbreaking