Wednesday, 4 May 2011


This is a South African traditional dish that has its roots deep in the country's Dutch heritage. I suspect that it owes much to Dutch oliebolle. It has, however, gained a wider market than just those of Dutch descent in the country (if it were at all possible to draw a ring around that subset these days!). My husband has fond memories of bunking out of his high school hostel to buy what is called a curry bunny, a vetkoek, filled with curried mince.

I use a breadmaker to make these, but you can use pretty much any bread recipe and pick it up at the point where we shape it into balls.

Balls that will fit in your hand
500ml bread flour
7.5ml fast acting dried yeast
5ml salt
2.5ml sugar
250ml lukewarm water
Oil for deep frying

  • Pour the water into the breadmaker pan.
  • Add the dry ingredients, yeast last of all.
  • Set your breadmaker to the 'dough' setting and start.
  • With wet hands, shape the dough into balls that fit easily into the palm of your hand.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan - you don't need more than about an inch deep or so, the dough will float on top of the oil anyway. Don't use a high heat, or the vetkoek won't cook through.
  • Pack the dough balls fairly closely together in the oil. Fry them for about 5 minutes until they're golden brown (roughly doughnut coloured).
  • Flip them over and cook on the other side.
  • Take them out of the oil and place them on a cooling rack with paper towel underneath.
  • They're best eaten while still fairly hot. They're delicious with cheese and apricot jam (yes, together - be adventurous!) or with curried mince.
    Roughly doughnut coloured

No comments:

Post a Comment