More than 250 tribes live in the country of Nigeria. Most of them have different food cultures with minute differences. Due to the range of their food culture, you’ll go crazy to find a single national dish. Baked goods are expected to be produced in large scale due to the increasing population in urban areas and people’s preference to have ready-to-eat food to cope up with the excessively busy work schedule. Read to know more about local baking in Nigeria.
Some other reasons behind this increasing demand of local baking in Nigeria are rising health concerns, demand for gluten-free baked products along with their health benefits.
Ingredients used in the baking are sourced both from local suppliers and importers. The most richly used ingredients for bakery foods in Nigeria are flour, butter, sugar, flavor oils, salt, pepper, milk, flour, butter, along with Nigerian specialties such as groundnuts, dry fruits, brandy, cassava, coconuts, plantains, etc. The perfect combination of the ingredients offer mouthwatering taste and good nutritional values to the consumers.
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Although bread occupies the biggest share in the baked goods industry, there are some other baked items popular in Nigeria. This high consumption of bread is because it is relatively cheap, making it affordable for lower-income class individuals. Other popular baked food categories include Bagels, Cakes and Pastries, Biscuits and Cookies, Morning Goods, etc.
Learn about some of the special baked food in Nigeria below:
A staple food in Nigeria that covers a huge share of the bakery food market, bread is produced by baking the dough, which is created by mixing flour, water, egg, and other ingredients. This baked item is available in various flavors, colors, shapes and labels in Nigeria. Among all of them, sugar bread has the most popularity regardless of social class and ethnic origin of the consumers. Agege bread is highly consumed by the locals of the country.
Originated in the Jewish community, bagels are one of the favorite baked items in Nigeria. Not everyone might like it at the first bite, but once you try it, you’re going to want to create a hole in your pocket just because of your love for bagels. People who love to explore foods and experience sugary treats from different cultures and locations can try this bread product made from yeasted wheat dough.
Nigerians generally love cakes made of minimal ingredients – that means, no chocolates, and no whipped cream. Some popular cake items in Nigeria are Akara, carrot cupcake, coconut cake, butter cake, sponge cake, pound cake, chiffon cake, genoise cake, etc.
This is basically a mix of dough, fat, and water used to cover or act as base to baked dishes. Items like meat pies, sausage rolls, Chin chins, and Pof pof are favorites to Nigerians.
Another popular bakery product that Nigerians can’t live without are cookies. Cookies are soft sweetened or salted doughy deliciousness that contain chocolate or dry fruit pieces. Various kinds of cookies are popular in Nigeria including plain cookies and chocolate cookies.
Baked goods are popular not only in Nigeria but also in the whole world, being one of the oldest man-made foods since the dawn of agriculture. Nigerian women have recently started selling baked goods from home with every kind of decor you can imagine. Care for a treat?