Fried Bread (Maandazi)

Fried Bread (maandazi) Recipe

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Lynette !


This recipe is an African snack or dessert. I personally like it with powdered sugar or even cinnamon and sugar.


★★★★★ 1 vote

50 Min
20 Min
Deep Fry


  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1/4 c
  • 1
    egg, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 c
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • ·
    shortening or cooking oil for frying
  • ·
    powdered sugar

How to Make Fried Bread (Maandazi)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening till the pieces are the size of small peas. Make a well in the center.
  2. Stir together the egg and milk. Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir till the mixture forms a soft dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding the 2 to 3 tablespoons flour if necessary. Shape the dough into a ball. Return the dough to the bowl; cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half. Roll one portion of the dough to a 12 x 6-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle into nine 4 x 2 inch pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Fry the pieces, a few at a time, in deep, hot fat (375°) about 1 minute per side or till crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve plain as a snack, or sprinkle with powdered sugar for a dessert.

Printable Recipe Card

About Fried Bread (Maandazi)

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: African

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

Sweet & Indulgent Homemade Christmas Dessert Recipes

Sweet & Indulgent Homemade Christmas Dessert Recipes

Kitchen Crew

When the Christmas meal is finished and leftovers are packed in the fridge, it's time for the next "meal" in my house... dessert. I like to have options out since...

The Only 20 Peach Recipes You'll Ever Need

The Only 20 Peach Recipes You'll Ever Need

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

These recipes definitely aren't the pits. Here are some of our favorite peach recipes on Just A Pinch - we promise they're delicious!

13 Heavenly Cheesecake Recipes

13 Heavenly Cheesecake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Cheesecake is one of our favorite go-to dessert recipes! So rich, creamy and dreamy, there’s nothing like biting into a delicious slice of cheesecake. Whether you’re into fruity cheesecakes, rich...