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.


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How to Make Ugandan Daddies

Last week, the craving for bagiya hit so hard that I attempted to make some at home…. only to realize I don’t really know how they are made. *insert face palm emoji* I had a vague idea of soya flour and cassava flour but besides that I totally knew nothing. I was frustrated and a bit guilty because this is one snack I have had from childhood but had never bothered to find out how it was made or what went into it. I took to Instagram and was surprised to find out that almost no one knew how to make bagiya too! For the next coming months, I am on a quest to research about and make bagiya but in the meantime, we can indulge in daddies.

What are Daddies? Daddies are also a childhood snack that just bring back all the memories. Boarding school grub at its finest…If you have been through the Ugandan education system.  I am yet to find out the origin of the daddies and how they came to be called that in the first place. If you don’t know daddies, they are small bite-sized sweet fried flour cubes. Their composition is similar to mandazi although very crunchy since a lot of shortening is used. Since it is still citrus season (check out my last post), I infused orange juice and zest into these daddies to give it a fragrant aroma and fruity taste. They can be eaten on their own or as parfait, or in porridge and anything you like really. There are no rules.


What you will need:

4 C. All Purpose flour

4 Tbsp. Sugar

3 Tsp. Oil/Margarine/butter

1/2 C. Orange juice

1 C. Cold water

1 Tsp. Orange zest

1/2 Tsp . Nutmeg

1/2 Tsp. Ground cloves

1/2 Tsp. Salt



To create layers in the daddies,  use the puff pastry technique of rolling and folding the dough. . Fold it three times before cutting.


  1. In a clean bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cloves, orange zest and mix well.
  2. Rub in the oil/butter/margarine til the flour mixture is coarse.
  3. Pour in the orange juice and mix well. Next pour in the water gradually until a firm dough is formed. Set aside the dough for about 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, knead the dough till smooth.
  5. Flour your rolling surface and roll the dough to about half an inch in thickness. Using a sharp knife cut the dough into small bite-sized squares.
  6. Place a pan on fire. Add oil and wait for it to get hot.
  7. Add your daddies and fry them till golden brown. Remove from oil and drain.
  8. Serve. Preferably with tea or hot cocoa.

I would like to know, what Ugandan snacks are you able to make at home? Which one do you struggle with?

Also do you think I should make a video for these daddies or not?