Daddies were my favorite snack that my mom made and packed for me to take to school. Carrying daddies was a privilege and a luxury for me. It was more fun when I joined my mother in making the daddies with my mom. Today therefore we are going to learn how to make this delicious snack called Ugandan daddies. But what are Ugandan daddies exactly?
What are Ugandan Daddies?
Ugandan Daddies are small cubes made of flour and other ingredients like margarine, eggs and milk. It is a snack that is cooked using the deep frying cooking method. Daddies can be eaten for breakfast, and also a snack at any time of the day. Daddies are easy to spice and one can either be hot or mild in taste. Daddies over time have shifted from being just a snack for children to take to school to being a business venture with improved packaging. They are similar to the Mandazi in making and taste but mandazi have a short lifespan while daddies have a much longer life span. Let’s learn the ingredients of making daddies.
Ingredients for making Ugandan daddies
1 ½ Cups of All-Purpose flour
¼ a cup of Sugar
¼ a tsp of salt or 2 pinches of salt
1/2 Tsp. of baking powder
¼ a cup of milk or water
25 g of margarine
Vegetable oil for deep frying
1 lemon for flavor
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
2 cups of vegetable cooking oil
Step by step Method of making Ugandan Daddies
Mixing the ingredients
Sieve the flour into a clean and medium-sized bowl, add in the sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon powder. Grate the peels of your lemon into the flour mixture and mix well.
Add the margarine to the flour mixture, cut it into pieces with a knife. Using the tips of your hands rub in the margarine until the flour mixture is coarse.
Squeeze in your lemon juice using a sieve to trap the seeds. Next pour in the milk gradually until a firm dough is formed. Set aside the dough for about 10 minutes.
Kneading the dough for the daddies
After 10 minutes of resting, knead the dough until it is smooth, now it is ready to be rolled.
Sprinkle flour on your rolling surface. Place the dough on the floured surface, roll out the dough to about half an inch in thickness. Using a sharp knife cut the dough into small bite-sized squares. Repeat this process until all, the dough is finished.
Deep frying the daddies
Place a deep-bottomed frying pan on high source of heat. Add the vegetable oil and wait for it to get hot. Drop into the oil a small of dough if it sizzles immediately then it is ready for use.
Add in your daddies to the oil in batches making sure they are not overcrowded. Avoid too much heat as this will burn the daddies instead. Deep fry the daddies until they are golden brown.
Remove from oil and drain them completely. Serve. Preferably with tea or coffee.