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September 22, 2013

Fried Delights {Vetkoek}

Fried Delights { Vetkoek } ~ Traditional South-African dish {fried dough} - can be filled with a savory or sweet filling #Vetkoek

We have traditional Vetkoek in South-Africa which we enjoy with either savory or sweet fillings. The recipe I am sharing with you is actually a cheat's way of making Vetkoek.

The real thing is made with a proper bread dough recipe - one prepares the bread dough normally and once it has risen and is ready to use, you break off small pieces {sizes depend on whatever size you want them to be be - from small bite size to a dinner roll size} and deepfry them until golden brown, drain on paper towel and fill with any of the following examples:

* Savory Meat
* Hamburger patties and all that goes into a hamburger
* Sloppy Joes are great in Vetkoek
* Cheese
* Jam, Syrup, Honey
* Whipped Cream
* and whatever else you can think of :-)

So, back to today's recipe - I wanted something quick, small and with a sweet filling. For anything like this I always turn to one of my many, many favorite recipes in a cook book by Annette Human, Kortpadkos.

FRIED DELIGHTS {VETKOEK}

20 - 25 Servings

2 Eggs
+/- 1 cup Milk
2 1/2 cups Self-Raising Flour
2 TB Sugar
1/2 t Salt
Oil for frying

1.) Beat the Eggs in a measuring jug - add enough Milk to fill the mixture to the 1 1/2 cups mark.
2.) Sift together the Flour, Sugar and Salt - add the Egg/Milk mixture and mix until smooth.
3.) Spoon tablespoonfuls of batter into medium hot Oil {it should be about 2cm - 1 inch deep} - fry until golden brown on the one side, turn over and fry the other side as well.  {See tip at the bottom*}
4.) Drain on paper towel and serve hot or cold with any kind of filling - I have filled mine today with Blackcurrent Jam.

*whilst frying, spoon hot oil over the top side of the batter - it helps with the rising {not necessary, but I have found it works quite well to get nice even shaped Vetkoek}

Would you prefer a sweet or savory filling?  Or maybe half sweet and half savory?  Anyhow, small filled Vetkoek makes for a delicious addition to a sweet or savory platter - they are also great served open.

Till later,

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1 comment:

  1. My husband remembers buying something called "Cook Sisters" when he visited South Africa. Are these the similar? They look delicious, by the way. :)

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