Traditional South African Pumpkin Fritters Recipe (2024)

Todayseems like just the day for a good pumpkin fritters recipe! The pumpkincertainly has its place in South African culture. As an expat possibly missinghome, you might have spared a thought for traditional “pampoen koekies” everytime you caught a whiff of anything pumpkin flavoured in your new home country.Or perhaps you think back fondly on the memories of a traditional South AfricanSunday lunch, complete with leg of lamb, green beans, rice, potatoes, and ofcourse; pumpkin fritters. Either way, when you start thinking about pumpkinfritters, it’s hard to stop. The only way to stop is to satisfy the craving!

It’snot just the smell of South African pumpkin fritters that wafts through a roomwith a sugary cinnamon-y goodness that’s so enticing. It’s also the fact thatmaking them is so easy and fun – often they become a family Sunday lunch timeactivity. That’s something to fondlyremember as kids, all gathered round the table, getting involved in making thepampoen koekies together. These are the things that those “those are the goodold days” memories are all about.

Just because you are living abroad, it doesn’t mean that you never get to sink your teeth into the delicious pumpkin fritters you remember so well. Oh no, not at all. Why don’t you take a bit of South African culture to your new home country by trying your hand at a great pumpkin fritters recipe? We have just the recipe for you.

PumpkinFritters Recipe: The South African way

Roll up your sleeves, gather the family (or friends) around and get ready to whip up delectable pampoenkoekies just like you remember them. Prepare to star salivating before you’re even done!

Whatyou need:

  • 2 cups of pumpkin (cooked and mashed)
  • 1 beaten egg (you can use 3 tablespoons of Aquafaba for a vegan pumpkin fritter)
  • 1 cup of Self Raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Cooking oil for frying
  • 50g of castor sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Whatto do:

  • Drain the cooked pumpkin.
  • Add the beaten egg or aquafaba along with the vanilla extract and mix in well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, and sat to the mixture and mix well. It should form a smooth soft batter.
  • Heat the cooking oil in the pan until it is hot.
  • Scoop out a spoonful of the mixture into the size fritter you would like to make.
  • Place the scoop into the pan and let it sizzle. Breathe in that familiar smell.
  • When the fritter is cooked on the one side, turn it over to cook equally on the other side.
  • Remove the fritters from the pan using a spatula. Place them onto kitchen paper so that any excess oil can be absorbed.

To make the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • In a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon andsugar and then sprinkle it over the fritters.

Whatyou have now, is a pile of delectable pumpkin fritters just waiting to beenjoyed.

Of course, the above is a delicious recipe, but what if you have even more of a sweet tooth and the castor sugar just isn’t going to cut it? Well, then it’s time to get serious with a recipe for “poffertjies” with a caramel sauce!

Poffertjies with Caramel Sauce Recipe

A “poffertjie” is undoubtedly a delectable poof of pumpkin heaven. It’s a mini pumpkin fritter drenched in caramel sauce. And it’s so good that you better make a big batch from the very start – especially if you will be sharing them with family and friends. If you want a truly melt-in-your-mouth poffertjie, you need to make it a little differently to the original pumpkin fritter. Let’s check out the recipe below:

What you need:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 10ml of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 60ml of milk
  • 1ml of salt to taste
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 60ml of margarine
  • ½ cup of syrup (golden)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt flakes
  • Cooking oil

Tomake the fritters:

  • Mix the pumpkin, cake flour, baking powder, caster sugar, egg, and milk in a large bowl to form a smooth, firm batter.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and when it is hot, spoon blobs of the batter. You may need to fry batches. Fry until the fritters are golden brown and cooked right through.
  • Remove them from the pan with a spatula and let them drain on kitchen paper.

Tomake the sauce:

  • Mix the sugar, cream, margarine, sea salt, andvanilla extract in a pot and heat for around 10 – 15 minutes while stirringcontinuously.
  • When the sauce is thick and looks glossy, youcan remove it from the heat and pour it over the fritters. Let the fritters sitin the sauce and serve them hot.

If that hasn’t got your mouth watering already, you obviously haven’t tried a traditional South African pumpkin fritter before!

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Traditional South African Pumpkin Fritters Recipe (2024)


Why are my fritters not crispy? ›

The most common causes for soggy fritters are too much batter (basic flour and egg batter like used in pancakes will never cook up crispy), and whatever you're frittering leeches too much water when cooking.

What is the best way to cook pumpkin? ›

Place pumpkin cubes on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (add any other spices you'd like!) Roast at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until pumpkin cubes are fork-tender, flipping halfway through.

Does baking soda make fritters crispy? ›

Is baking soda or powder best for frying? A pinch of baking soda can help produce crispy fried foods. It reacts with the acid in the batter to create carbon dioxide bubbles. These lead to an airy batter and a crisper, fluffier result.

Why is canned pumpkin better to use in baking? ›

So, Why Used Canned Pumpkin Instead of Fresh?
  • Canned Pumpkin Saves Time and Effort. “Making pumpkin puree is time-consuming,” says Maggie. ...
  • Canned Pumpkin Delivers Consistent Results. ...
  • Canned Just Tastes Better. ...
  • Canned Pumpkin Is Cost-Effective. ...
  • Canned Pumpkin Is Readily Available.
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How to make pumpkin taste good? ›

Cook It on the Stove

Briefly cooking your canned pumpkin purée on the stove can help improve both the flavor and texture. This method helps reduce excess moisture, which gives the pumpkin a superior texture. It also releases the natural pumpkin flavor and helps reduce the metallic taste from the can.

How do you soften pumpkins quickly? ›

Cover and steam over simmering water for 10 minutes or until almost tender. Microwave tip: Place washed pumpkin in a shallow heatproof, microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on High/800watts/100% for 4-6 minutes or until just tender.

Why are my fritters soft? ›

When frying, work in batches and avoid sticking the fritters too close together in the pan. If they are too close, they'll create steam which will make them too soft. Use hot oil! Don't add the fritters to the pan until the oil is nice and hot.

How do you stop soggy fritters? ›

Tips and Tricks
  1. Squeeze out any excess water from the vegetables such as potatoes and zucchini after grating to prevent soggy fritters.
  2. If you find the mixture is too wet, add additional flour.
  3. Try and make the fritters approximately the same size so that they cook evenly in the oven.
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How do you make fritters less soggy? ›

The eggs you use need to be small and cold. Larger eggs have more water from the egg white, resulting in wetter batter and sad, soggy fritters. The reason you want a cold egg is because cold liquid helps to slow the development of gluten when liquid and flour are added together, which makes for a better texture!

Why are my potato fritters soggy? ›

If your potato fritters are soggy, it's likely because too much liquid remained in your vegetables or the oil and skillet weren't hot enough. A hot skillet with hot oil is how you keep potato pancakes crispy.

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