A very good and simple recipe for a very yummy Cameroonian gateau or miss girl . This reminds me of Africa because it’s exactly the way our moms used to make this special goodness. Every Cameroonian food lover should have this recipe in their kitchen repertoire.
Cameroonian ‘Miss girl’ are deep-fried dough balls, bigger than puff puff balls with crunchy, slightly cracky outer crusts and soft and drawy densely packed interior.
They differ from puff puff balls in the way they look, but especially in the composition of the dough; the miss girl dough is thicker meaning that, we use less liquid, that is, less milk instead of water as in puff puff and we use eggs. We roll and keep to rise for an hour.
This is an irresistable African street delight.
This delicious goodness can be serve as breakfast, snack in the lunch box , as picnic delight or just to quench of lust for a delicious tropical street goodness .
Ok lovelies let’s go to my kitchen and start making the best version of Cameroonian ‘miss girl’ / gateau though i don’t know the history behind the name ‘miss girl’ as called in the English speaking region of Cameroon. Drop your your comment if you have an idea of the history behind the name ‘miss girl’ as we call girl in Cameroon.
Prep time: 1 h 30 mins
Ready: 2 hrs
• 600 g all purpose flour
• 250 ml of milk
• 1 pkt of baker’s yeast
• 60 g of butter
• 1 egg
• 80g of sugar
• A pinch of salt
• Lemon zest
• Vegetable oil for frying
Step 1: Place active dry yeast into luke warm milk and set aside for 5 mins to prove.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl combine; flour, sugar, salt, lemon zest and butter and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Crack one egg and mix with the yeast and milk mixture
Step 4 : Make a well with your flour and pour the yeast mixture inside and mix to form a paste not very sticky and form small balls that you lay on a kitchen work surface.
Step 5 : On the work surface or tray, pour flour cover with a cloth and let them inflate for 1 hour.
Step 6: Heat vegetable oil and deep fry the balls of dough until golden brown.