Quick and Easy Deep Fried Fritters (South African Vetkoekies)

I remember our neighbor in Johannesburg making these for me (I was, like, 3 years old or something). She used to deep-fry it and I had to guess what each fritter looks like – a dog, a cat, a clown, whatever….but somehow, I kept on seeing ‘’ostriches’’. Even, to this day, aunt Esme calls it ‘’ostrich fritters (volstruisvetkoekies)’’.

This was one of the first recipes I’ve tried as a wife and mother. My kids LOVE it. It is especially delish with apricot jam and salted butter, with a slice of cheddar cheese on top.

DO try it!!



  • 500ml cake flour
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 60ml white sugar
  • 2ml salt
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 15ml thick cream
  • Oil for deep-fry


  • Sift the dry ingredients together
  • Beat the egg, milk and cream well
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mix and stir gently
  • Heat the oil in a pan or pot (the oil must be at least 3-4 cm deep)
  • Scoop teaspoons full of dough into the hot oil.
  • When the fritters is done on one side, it will turn over by itself.
  • Cook until brown
  • Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve warm with butter, jams, jellies, cheese or savory mince


  • Having no time to fuss with cooking, I often use self-raising flour instead. Just omit the baking powder.
  • Ideal for a quick lunch or snack and it keeps well in the fridge over night.
  • Cut the fritter in half and scoop some thick, sweet custard on each half. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top and serve. 
  • Dip the spoon in some hot oil before scooping up the mixture….it would prevent the dough to stick to the metal.

Adapted from: ‘’Wipkoekies’ (Huisgenoot – date and author unknown)


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