Try these fluffy South African Pampoenkoekies recipes
These fritters are mostly coated with caramel sauce that leaves your mouth craving for a whole lot more.
Pampoenkoekies, also known as South African pumpkin fritter is a very delicious deep-fried dough that can be eaten for breakfast, as a side dish and also as a snack.
The traditional Afrikaans fritters made from pumpkins are very savoury, sweet and fluffy.
South African snack
15 ball servings
1 cup mashed pumpkin or puree
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
Oil for deep-frying
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- In a large bowl -combine all the ingredients: mashed pumpkin, flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and all spice. Stir until everything has been fully combined
- In a saucepan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter balls), and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
- The dough is going to be sticky and light, if you can, use your hands to grab a little bit of mixture at time and drop in the oil or use a spoon to spoon up the batter, and drop it in the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Do so in batch
- Fry for about 2-3minutes until it is golden brown.
- Use a slotted spoon or something like that to take it out of the oil. I usually place them on napkins right away to soak up some of the excess oil.
- If desired, you can roll the finished product in cinnamon sugar or use the caramel glaze.
- Add water, sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Combine everything with a stir.
- Heat over medium high heat for about 5-10 minutes, depending on your stove. Swirl the pan if you feel the sides are getting browned too quickly. Do not stir the caramel it will cause crystallization. Wipe down any splatters with a brush from the sides of the pan as the sugar is caramelizing- make sure you get a brown color. It does make a difference in taste.
- Lower the heat on the saucepan, and gently add the cream and butter there will be splatters so be careful. Finally stir the mixture into a smooth consistency. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
Your Pampoenkoekies are ready! Serve warm.