Delicious jam and cinnamon vetkoeks

Delicious jam and cinnamon vetkoeks

Give your traditional magwinya or vetkoeks a twist by adding cinnamon and jam.

Cinnamon and caster sugar fat cakes
Cinnamon and caster sugar fat cakes/ iStock

Northern parts of South Africa are experiencing rainy, cold weather due to tropical storm Eloise which hit Mozambique over the weekend.

Mangwinya/vetkoek/fat cakes are a favourite for many South Africans, especially on cold or rainy days.  

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They are easy to make, filling, and very nice with a cup of tea or coffee. 

We have come up with a delicious recipe that your whole family will love, especially those with a sweet tooth. 


4 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon sugar

5 grams instant dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

Oil for deep frying

1 Cinnamon 

Caster sugar



- Mix flour, yeast, salt and sugar. 

- Add the warm water. 

- Mix into a soft dough. 

- Cover with an air-tight lid and put in a warm place for two hours to allow the dough to rise. 

- Heat oil in a pot/pan. 

- Mix the risen dough.

- Make it into balls and fry the balls in the hot oil. (Turn to ensure the vetkoek is golden brown on all sides). 

- Slice the vetkoek into half.

- Spread with jam

- Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon in the centre. Cinnamon is a strong spice, so sprinkle just a little bit. 

- Add caster sugar. The amount you sprinkle will depend on how sweet you want your vetkoek to be. 


READ: How to make flop-proof vetkoeks

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