How to Make the Best Ugandan Daddies Video

Soft, crunchy and flaky homemade Ugandan daddies with minimal ingredients. The perfect Ugandan snack  that keeps well.

I shared my first post of daddies in 2018. Two years have gone by and within those two years, my knowledge and countless times experimenting in the kitchen have yielded the best daddies I have ever made!  They were so good I knew it was best to make a video to show their succulence (if this is ever a word). I will not talk much but instead let you dive into making the best daddies of your life! You are welcome!

What you will need

4 1/2 C. Flour

1 C. Sugar

1 C. Water

1/4 C. Margarine/ Butter

1/4. C. Milk, powdered

1 Tbsp. Vanilla essence

1 Tsp. Lemon/Orange zest

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg, grated

Oil for frying



  • Use a spoon to mix the daddy dough since it will be hot
  • Folding the dough 3 times creates layers in the daddies
  • Cooking the sugar helps it dissolve better in the dough and avoid sugar granules in the fried.
  • If you are using salted butter/ margarine, omit the salt.
  • Adding hot sugar/water mixture do the flour creates the flakiness of the daddies.
  • it is important to make sure the fire is low so that the daddies can gently and thoroughly fry.


  1. In a clean large bowl, mix flour, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest. Set aside.
  2. Place a clean saucepan on medium fire. Pour the  cup of water in the pan. Add the sugar, vanilla, margarine and powdered milk. Gradually mix while the mixture heats up and until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil. After boiling for about a minute, remove the mixture from fire and immediately pour it (gradually) into the flour mixture while stirring to avoid lumps.
  4. Mix till a firm and smooth dough is formed.  You can use your hands to smoothen out the dough.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about half a centimeter in thickness. Fold the dough and roll again again till about a centimeter in thickness. Fold in the third time and rolls to even it out.
  6. Wrap the dough in foil/ baking paper/ cling film and refrigerate it over night.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge and slice it into 1 centimeter squares.
  8. Place a frying pan on medium-low heat. Add enough cooking oil to submerge the daddies. Let the oil heat up.
  9. Add the daddies, careful not to over load the pan. Let the daddies fry on low heat till  the layers start to show.
  10. Fry the daddies till they turn a vibrant golden brown.
  11. Remove from fire. Serve cool.

If you are patient (which is unlikely), keep them. They taste better the next day.


Share your creations using the #AkitchenInUg on social media.




17 thoughts on “How to Make the Best Ugandan Daddies Video

  1. Thank you sofie for this endeavor. I read the previous post on daddies and tried it out, it worked. What am worried of here is the use of milk as some people at home dont do with it, and the use of a refrigirator where i dont have one.

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    1. Hello Simon. I am glad you liked the previous recipe. This one is even much better. Regarding milk, you can substitute it with plant-based milk (like soya or coconut milk). Instead of using the fridge which speeds the cooling process since you have to use hot sugar syrup, you can just keep it in a cool place till it is time to fry. Let me know how they turn out.


  2. Thanks Sophie for the amazing recipe am truly going to give it a try.
    But what if I don’t let the dough over night with that change there anything and can I also use the powered nutmeg.


    1. Hello Makarios! Thanks for stopping by. Yes you can use powdered nutmeg. Letting the dough sit over night helps in concentrating the flavor. If you don’t want to wait that long, then you can let it sit for about an hour in a cool place before frying. Let me know how it turns out using #AkitchenInUg


  3. Hi Sophie a good video you have posted. It helps in this time of lockdown. I see others include baking powder, eggs in their recipes. Am wondering why you omit baking powder n eggs🤔


    1. Hey Rose. I am glad you found the video helpful. Every person has their own recipe. I am sharing what works for me time and time again. Baking powder is a leavening agent and to add it to the daddies will make them lose their crunchiness.


  4. Hello, thanks for uploading this video. I have tried this recipe several times and my friends can’t get enough of the daddies. This is awesome indeed.

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