Jumbo Batch Chinchin: A 2kg Flour Feast!

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Chinchin, also known as chin-chin or chin chin, is a beloved West African snack enjoyed across Nigeria, Ghana, and other countries. These bite-sized golden morsels are perfect for satisfying a sweet or savory craving. They’re incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize the flavor with various spices and seasonings. This recipe offers a generous 2Kg flour batch, ideal for large gatherings, parties, or simply stocking your pantry with a delightful homemade treat.


Ingredients for kg of flour(Nigerian flour)to make the perfect Chin chin  recipe every time
Ingredients for kg of flour(Nigerian flour)to make the perfect Chin chin recipe every time

2 Kg all-purpose flour

  • 500 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 500 g granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying (enough to submerge chinchin)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Prepare the Dough: In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt together. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the softened butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.

    2. Sweeten the Mix: Add the granulated sugar and beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Gradually incorporate the beaten eggs into the flour mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. If the dough feels too dry, add a tablespoon of milk or water at a time until it reaches a manageable consistency.

    3. Flavor Up (Optional): If desired, incorporate the nutmeg and cinnamon into the dough for a warm and spiced flavor.

    4. Shaping the Chinchin: Divide the dough into manageable portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each section to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Use a knife or cookie cutter to create desired shapes for your chinchin. Squares, triangles, or even diamond shapes are all popular choices.

    5. Heat Up the Oil: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat enough vegetable oil for frying over medium heat. The ideal temperature is around 350°F (175°C).

    6. Fry Time: Carefully add the chinchin pieces to the hot oil in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pot. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove the chinchin with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

    7. Sweeten It Up (Optional): While the chinchin is still warm, you can dust them with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

    8. Cool and Enjoy: Allow the chinchin to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll stay crisp for up to a week.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on a single serving of chinchin. The actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients and frying process.

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 2g

  • Conclusion

    Chinchin is a simple yet delightful snack that can be enjoyed by all. With its customizable flavors and ease of preparation, it’s no wonder this West African treat has captured hearts (and stomachs) around the world. This recipe provides a generous batch, allowing you to share the joy of chinchin with family, friends, or simply indulge in a delicious homemade treat. So go ahead, grab your ingredients, get frying, and experience the irresistible taste of chinchin!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use different types of flour for chinchin?

    Yes, you can! While all-purpose flour is the traditional choice, you can experiment with whole wheat flour for a more nutritional option. Just be aware that the texture might be slightly denser.

    2. What can I use instead of butter?

    If you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative, you can substitute the butter with vegetable shortening or vegan butter.

    3. How can I make the chinchin spicier?

    For a kick of heat, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or a teaspoon of chili powder to the dough.

    4. How long can I store chinchin?

    Properly stored in an airtight container at room temperature, your chinchin will stay crisp for up to a week.

    5. Can I freeze chinchin?

    Absolutely! Let the chinchin cool completely, then store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before enjoying.