Nigerian Dessert: Chin Chin

But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it.”  Luke 11:28

By Guest Writer: Veronica Thiele

It’s hard for me to sit and think about something to say in response to my own writing… something that makes it more than it is. I cannot do that. As I was singing to God this afternoon, I realized that in a few short days it would be 1 year to the day that we stepped foot in Nigeria. It brought tears to my eyes.

I miss it so much, the people, the food, the memories. I want to share some of my favorite memories with you.

The first is a simple dessert called Chin chin. In Hausa, Chin chin means sweet snack. Nigerians have their own version of Chin chin, but this mine. It is similar to a donut or Beignet.

Chin chin:

1 ¾ C flour

2/3 C sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 mashed ripened banana

1 ½ tsp vanilla

¾ C water

*Oil to fry

Mix all ingredients well. It will look like a lumpy pancake batter. Make sure your oil is nice and hot over a medium high heat. Use a 1/3 C scoop, drop scoopfuls into the hot oil. They will sink to the bottom; you will need to loosen them. They will then float. Turn them when they are lightly brown (approx 3-5 min). After both sides are brown, remove from oil, drain on paper towels.

Options: sprinkle powder sugar on top OR add chocolate chips to the recipe 

Another great memory I share with my children and those are our village: Football (soccer). Every evening, we would rush to finish dinner so that we could join the children playing soccer. My 2 yr old would get out in the field and just run and run. He didn’t care if he had a ball in front of him or not (most of the time). He just enjoyed the giggles that came along with it.

We have so many wonderful memories to share. Had it not been for God’s lead, and our willingness to follow blindly, we would have missed out on these blessings.

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Veronica is a wife to the newest member of a local police department, a mother of 3 very active boys, expecting baby #4 (while praying for a little girl), and a high school English teacher. Whew… with all of that said, she enjoys baking, cooking, and sewing.  Veronica writes a blog called The Tell-Tale Thiele Family blog.  Check it out!


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