There are many Chin Chin recipes on the internet and I get that. But this is really the best Chin Chin recipe. Every ingredient here works together beautifully to produce perfectly crunchy yet not hard Chin Chin. It is rich in flavour and so addictive. I actually have to beat myself from eating more than my waistline can accommodate.
If you are not familiar with chin chin, let me explain. This is a popular West African snack eaten in countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. It is called Les Croquettes in French. The ingredients for this are pretty simply: flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt and some sort of flavour. All ingredients are combined to form a dough which is then rolled out, cut into desired shapes then deep fried. Insanely delicious!
Watch me making some in the video:
Now the pasta maker I use in cutting the chin chin dough in the video can be bought on Amazon.com. Let me pull out a direct shopping link for ya. Here:
Now if you can’t get a pasta maker, no worries! You could use your knife to cut beautiful chin chin like I do in this post. You could equally use a pizza cutter like you see me doing in the video or you could just use your hands to form small balls out of the dough and deep fry. You could even use small cookie cutters to cut out your chin chin. Really!
What makes this the best Chin Chin recipe? The proportion of ingredients. The ratio of flour to butter to eggs and milk is just right. Perfecto! Now I insist on you using butter though margarine or vegetable/canola/corn oil could work. But if you want your chin chin to have a really rich flavour, buttah is the way to go. Make sure it is softened (at room temperature) so you can easily incorporate it into the flour.
Also I use evaporated milk instead of any other form of milk. The flavour is simply to die for. I love using evaporated milk in making cakes, breads and other baked goods. It takes their flavour up a notch.
And to make the chin chin super tasty, I add in some orange zest. So you need one orange, whose back you will grate away with the fine side of your grater. Then add the grated back of orange to your chin chin dough. Does that make sense?
To get the whole chin chin experience, make sure you serve it with a cuppa something. It could be milk, juice or your favourite drink. Enjoy!
It tastes like cake but it crunchy. Rich in flavour and so addictive. This is really the best chin chin recipe ever!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (1/2 kg or 500 grams)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar ( 8 tablespoons)
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened 8 tablespoons or 1 stick or 113 grams
- 1 teaspoon orange zest - grated from one orange
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Oil for frying - I used canola
In a bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, milk and orange zest then keep aside.
In a large bowl rub in flour, butter, baking powder, ground nutmeg and salt with your finger tips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Add egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. Transfer dough onto floured surface and knead for one minute.
Cut a small portion of the dough about the size of a golf ball then roll out to 1/8 inch thick and cut with a knife or pizza cutter into squares or thin strips. You could also use a pasta maker to cut it.
Heat oil in a large pan on high heat for about 10 minutes (for about 1 1/2 litres of oil) then reduce to medium and start frying chin chin in small batches. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan so your chin chin doesn't soak up the oil. Fry each batch until golden brown then remove and place on paper towel to drain the excess oil.
When chin chin cools completely, store it for up to a month in an airtight container. Enjoy as a snack with juice, milk, or your favourite drink!
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