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Mandazi

Follow these instructions to make sweet and tasty Mandazi, an African Doughnut with a sweet taste.

An African Doughnut with a sweet taste that can be differentiated with the addition of varied ingredients.  Mandazi are frequently made in triangular shapes and with the absence of frosting and glaze.  They are typically less sweet that United States style doughnuts.  Mandazi can be eaten with almost any food or dips OR simply as a snack!

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Mandazi, the African Doughnut

Follow these instructions to make sweet and tasty Mandazi, an African Doughnut with a sweet taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing them together.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, adding more flour if necessary. The dough should be soft, but not sticky.
  3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until it is about 1⁄4 inch think.
  4. Cut into triangles and fry in hot oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown.
  5. Remove mandazi from oil and drain on paper towels or newspaper.

Recipe Notes

TIP: Mandazi are best served warm.

VARIATIONS:

* Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the hot mandazi.
* Put some white sugar into a bag, add a couple mandazi, and shake the bag to cover the mandazi with sugar.
* Add about a 1⁄2 teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, or cardamom to the dough or a combination of these spices to total a 1⁄2 teaspoon.
* Use a circular donut cutter to make mandazi in the shape of traditional donuts.
* Substitute pineapple, orange, or lemon juice for the milk.
* Add some shredded coconut to the dough.
* Add ground peanuts or ground almonds to the dough.
* You may substitute 1 teaspoon dry yeast for the 2 teaspoons baking powder. You will want to allow the mandazi to rise before cutting shapes and frying.