This Cameroonian Gateau recipe produces delicious little beignets which you can fill with whatever you like.
If you like donuts, then you will just fall in love with Cameroonian Gateau, also known as beignets.
Crispy on the outside and deliciously fluffy on the inside, these cake-like donuts are perfect with a good cup of coffee.
There are many different variations of this recipe, but we think the traditional Cameroonian recipe is one of the very best!
Beignets are essentially a choux ball that is fried and filled with raspberry jam. They were originally a French creation.
The great thing is that their lovely sweet dough lends itself to a range of flavors, so you can leave beignets plain or fill them with whatever you would like! Here are some great filling options:
- White chocolate and raspberry jam
- Nutella and strawberry jam
- Pineapple jam
- Cream cheese filling
In Cameroon you can find these treats sold by street vendors or at bakeries and they are similar to a puff puff, which is an African fried dough snack.
Cameroonian gateau are fatter than puff puffs and uses less liquid. You can serve these fried delights covered into powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar if you want to sweeten them up - simply roll them in each after you take them out of the oil.
If you make a large batch of these, you can store them in a Ziplock bag or an airtight container for up to two days.
When cooking larger amounts, you may need to fry them in several batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. If you do overcrowd your pan you will find that they won’t cook evenly and it will take a lot longer too.