Mandazi (coconut & cardamom beignets)
- Preparation and cooking time
- plus 2 hrs proving
- More effort
- Makes 24
- 400ml coconut milk
- 7g fast-action dried yeast
- 675g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 215g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cardamom
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 litre vegetable or sunflower oil
- STEP 1
Warm the coconut milk in a pan for a few minutes over a low-medium heat until warm but not hot, then mix in the yeast and set aside for 5 mins. Tip the other ingredients (except the oil) into a large bowl, then add the warm coconut milk and yeast mixture.
- STEP 2
Knead the mixture in the bowl for 15 mins by hand, or 7-10 mins in a stand mixer until smooth. Cover the bowl and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hr 30 mins until doubled in size.
- STEP 3
Divide the dough into six pieces. Knead each piece lightly on a floured work surface, shape into a smooth ball, then roll into flat circles about 1.5cm thick. Cut each ball into quarters to give you four triangles. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 30 mins.
- STEP 4
Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat, ensuring it is no more than two-thirds full. When it reaches 180C, you’re ready to cook. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, carefully drop in one triangle – it should rise to the top and puff up.
- STEP 5
Carefully drop the triangles into the oil, cooking in batches of three. Cook for 2-3 mins, then carefully turn them and cook for another 2-3 mins. If they turn dark brown very quickly, lower the heat. The mandazi should look like they’re about to pop and have a white rim around the middle. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool a little before serving.