Vetkoek

I am not entirely sure how to describe these little morsels – think doughnut minus the hole and without the sweet topping; yip, that is about right, well sort of.

Vetkoek is a proudly South African pastry which literally translates to fat cake, which doesn’t sound very appealing but I think it would traditionally have meant the method of cooking in “fat” (oil).  Most recipes are very similar, some using more or less yeast while others include or exclude sugar and oil in the dough.  I have taken from all the recipes I have used through the years and give you my version below.

Vetkoek are usually served with a curry mince (ground beef) and then if you still have space, as pudding with syrup or jam and cheese – very versatile yumminess.  They have the lightest, crispiest exterior with a beautiful soft bread like interior.

Vetkoek

Ingredients

4 cups flour
2tsp instant dry yeast
2tsp sugar – I use brown
1tsp salt
2tbsp oil
2- 2½ cups warm water

Oil for deep frying

Method 

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Add the oil and then water bit by bit until you get the consistency of a soft bread dough.  The mixture must still be quite sticky.
  3. Place the dough on a floured surface and gently knead for 5 minutes.  You may need to add a little more flour over the top of the dough to prevent it sticking to your fingers.
  4. Place the dough in a clean bowl and cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm spot until the dough is double in size.
  5. Softly flatten the mixture on a lightly floured board and cut out circles with a cookie cutter or a glass.
  6. Depending on the size cutter you use, you should get approximately 18 vetkoek out of the dough.
  7. Allow the dough to rest for another 15 minutes.
  8. Deep fry a few vetkoek at a time until golden brown over a medium/low heat.  The vetkoek should turn themselves in the oil, if not, turn manually.

Vetkoek

Our housekeeper’s mother-in-law used to work for our neighbours and every time she made this magical meal, she would call for me over the wall and present me with one of these somewhat unhealthy but ever so yummy pastries.

Vetkoek

(Vetkoek is a proudly South African pastry)

  

Ingredients

1kg cake flour
1 sachet dry yeast
4tsp sugar
1tsp salt
3-4 cups hot water
125ml oil

Oil for deep frying

Method 

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Add the water bit by bit until you get the consistency of bread dough.
  3. Add the oil until combined and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm spot for approximately 45 minutes until the dough is double in size.
  5. Softly flatten the mixture and cut out circles with a cookie cutter or use a glass.
  6. Deep fry a couple of vetkoek at a time until golden brown over a medium heat.  The vetkoek should turn themselves in the oil.

Serve with mince or syrup and grated cheese.

Submitted by:  Mandy Frielinghaus, Mauritius