Monday, May 28, 2012

Chocolate filled Vetkoek

My staff decided to make Vetkoek today , Vetkoek is a South African Doughnut but normally filled with savoury mince, spread with butter or eaten with butter and jam, my favorite is butter and maple syrup. It is made by using a standard bread dough recipe, allowing it to rise and then deep frying balls of dough until golden then spread with your favorite filling.

They have been making Vetkoek often lately, maybe because its winter and this is a real satisfying treat warm and crisp that I decided to put a block of 80% cocoa chocolate in the middle and rolling it in cinnamon sugar, it was rich and delicious.

Vetkoek Recipe
6¾ cups Flour (all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 packet Yeast
Lukewarm water
Cooking oil (for frying)

How To Make The Dough

  • Mix sugar and yeast with some lukewarm water and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Sift flour and salt.
  • Pour yeast in flour and knead.
  • Keep adding water and knead until you have a consistency like a bread dough.
  • Leave the dough in the bowl and cover the bowl with a cloth. Leave the dough to rise for about 45 - 60 minutes until it is about double its original size.

How To Make The Vetkoek

  • Pour the cooking oil into a frying pan to have about 1-1½ inches of oil in the pan. Heat the oil to about 180°C.
  • Divide the dough into balls about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Flatten the dough until it is about 1 inch thick and about the size of your palm.
  • Place two or three pieces of the flattened dough at a time into the oil. Fry each side until golden brown.
  • if you want to fill them then place a filling of your choice in the middle of the dough before frying, some options are : Marshmallows, banana, chocolate, bar one, cheese etc
Recipe and pictures copyright by Tamsyn Wells

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