Vetkoek or amagwinya is a traditional South African snack which can be made with both sweet or savoury fillings. Easily translated, it means fat cakes and is a simple mixture of flour, water, sugar and salt – deep-fried and enjoyed with savoury mince or a thick layer of butter.
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 tsp salt
- oil for frying
In a bowl, mix lukewarm water, sugar and yeast until combined. Let the mixture stand for about 7 minutes. Add the flour and salt into the bowl and knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth. Cover the bowl and set aside for an hour, or until double in size.
Preheat oil on the stove over medium heat until hot Take a handful of the dough and roll into palm size cakes. Fry the dough in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through – it takes about 3 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towel to get rid of excess oil. Cut a hole and fill with savoury mince or eat plain.
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