Introduction: How to Make South African Vetkoek
A vetkoek is made from flour, salt and yeast. The dough is then rolled into a ball, deep fried and filled with something. It is normally eaten with butter, filled with jam or a savory filling. If you still don't know what vetkoek is, it is basically deep-fried bread that is shaped like a hamburger bun.
In a traditional South African braai, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors, which is a South African sausage. Wash everything well before use. The normal food preparation hygiene rules apply.
Step 1: A Typical Recipe for Vetkoek
The Ingredients for vetkoek are:
7 Cups of all purpose Flour
2 teaspoons of Salt
2 tablespoons of Sugar
1 packet Yeast
Some lukewarm water
Some (+/- 500 ml) of Cooking oil for frying the dough afterwards
You are further going to need:
Sauce/Frying pan or Pot
Dish lined with some absorbent paper to put the vetkoek in
Perforated ladle or spoon for placing the dough in the boiling oil and lifting the vetkoek out.
You could just buy ready made bread dough at your convenience centre and leave the making of the dough for another day.
Remember that you also need to decide what you are going to put on the vetkoek afterwards. Butter, jam, syrup, savory or curry mince, etc. In this case we are going to do a sweet filling and a savory one.
Step 2: How to Make the Dough
Mix the sugar, yeast and some lukewarm water together and leave to foam.Sift the flour and salt together.Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and knead together.Keep adding a little water and knead until you have the consistency of bread dough.
Leave the dough in the mixing bowl for about 50 minutes and cover the bowl with a cloth.The dough should rise to about double its original size, so make sure you have a big enough mixing bowl.
(You could also just purchase ready made, pre-prepared dough from your local bakery or convenience shop and you should be eating vetkoek within 30 minutes.)
Step 3: How to Make the Vetkoek
Pour the cooking oil into a frying pan or pot to have about 4 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches) of oil deep therein. Heat the oil to about 200°C (375°F). Divide the dough into balls about the size of a tennis ball using a cookie cutter, cup or your hand. Please be very careful around the hot oil. Keep your kids away and no open flames near the oil. Adhere to all safety rules necessary when working in the kitchen, with sharp object or heated oil.
Flatten the dough until it is about 3 centimeters thick and about the size of your palm. Place two or three pieces of the flattened dough at a time into the hot oil to fry. Fry each side until golden brown. This normally takes 2-3 minutes per side.
Serve with savory mince, curry mince, butter, cheese or jam.
Step 4: Making the Mince (ground Beef) Filling
Some mince, mine was 500g of lean mince.
Some sauce, I bought a packet of pasta sauce and followed the instructions.
What you are also going to need is a frying pan / skillet.
Chop the onion up and brown it in the frying pan. Put in the mince and fry it until its all a nice brown. Slice the carrot into the pan, add the sauce and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes while you make the vetkoeke.
Step 5: Serving the Vetkoek
When the vetkoek are done and have been taken out and put on the paper towel in the receiving dish, let them rest for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then cut them in half with a sharp knife and put on them whatever you like. Traditionally it would be butter (margarine), jam, syrup or savory/curry mince (ground beef).
Step 6: After Thought
Vetkoek is a wonderful dish. Its quick to prepare if you buy the dough. While the oil heats up, you can prepare the filling. Please be very careful when working with the hot oil. The whole thing, photos and video clips, was recorded with my Samsung Galaxy S cell phone.
For those interested, I let the oil cool down after use. I then poured it through a filter back into the bottle it came in to get an idea of how much is really used. The photos show this result.
Go out and make some vetkoek!
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