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South African Pumpkin Fritters


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South African Pumpkin Fritters

These fritters are a traditional dish from South Africa, called pampoenkoeky. They are a little bit savory, a little bit sweet, and a lot delicious.


  • Ready Time : 0 min


4-6 Servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 15 ounce canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


1. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla sugar.

2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin and egg yolks until well-combined.

3. In a third bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.

4. Alternately in batches, add the flour mixture and the egg whites to the pumpkin mixture, stirring after each addition.

5. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray then set it over medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and when the oil shimmering, drop 4 large spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture to form 3-inch fritters. You can make the fritters smaller and you will just end up with more fritters. Nothing wrong with that option!

6. Let them cook until they bubbled around the edges, around 2 minutes, then flip the fritters and let them finish cooking for an additional 2 minutes, until nice and lightly browned. Repeat this process two more times until all of the fritters are cooked.

7. Pile a ton of them high on a plate and pour pancake syrup all over the top. Another option is to coat them in crunchy cinnamon sugar or even serve them with mango salsa.

Weight Watchers Note: Each pumpkin fritter is only 1 PointsPlus point. It doesn’t get any better than that!

About Melinda Strauss


Melinda Strauss is the Director of Special Events for the Kosher Media Network. Melinda is a self-taught cook, food blogger, and mother of two young children from Woodmere, New York. She loves to be adventurous and daring in the kitchen and hopes to inspire her readers by adding fresh twists to simple recipes and bravely using unusual ingredients in an accessible way. You can visit Melinda on her blog Kitchen-Tested to see illustrated, step-by-step recipes and stories.




5 Responses to South African Pumpkin Fritters

  1. these sound like pumpkin latkes:)

  2. My kids could not get enough of these fritters, I had to stave them off so I could save one for my husband. They were light and fluffy and full of flavor even with out any syrup. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Thanks Tamar! I’m so glad your whole family could share them together. When I made them for the first time, I ate every last one and saved only one for my husband :)

  3. avatar says: fraklein

    I just got a muffin top pan–this seems to be a perfect recipe for it.

    I wonder if using teff or sorghum flour would work?

  4. mmm…i’m gonna have to try these for chanukah. yum.

    and i love that you don’t have to deep fry them-always seems like such a waste of oil…(yes, i know, i worry more about that than the calories. :) )

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