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Beste Pampoenkoekies (South African Pumpkin Fritters)

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Beste Pampoenkoekies. This is what we all do with leftover pumpkin, but with a (no not a ‘twist’) difference.  These are baked in a muffin pan and served with a delicious Caramel Sauce.

What I love about these, is that my mother taught me to never use water in my pumpkin (boil) because it contains so much of its own water, but to rather cook it very low with just butter and brown sugar (and of course cinnamon). This recipe calls for melted butter and brown sugar which I omitted because I use lots when cooking my pumpkin.
It’s a must-try next time you have leftover pumpkin.

I deliberately cooked extra pumpkin just to try out this recipe, Beste Pampoenkoekies (South African Pumpkin Fritters).

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Pumpkin fritters with caramel sauce and cream

Beste Pampoenkoekies (South African Pumpkin Fritters)

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Resting Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Cuisine: South African


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Pumpkin Fritters

  • 500ml cooked pumpkin
  • 50ml melted butter
  • 50ml brown sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 125ml cake flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top

Caramel Sauce

  • 250ml cream
  • 125ml sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 5ml caramel essence


Method for the Fritters:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C and grease a muffin pan. (I used a 12 muffin pan).
  2. I added all the ingredients to a stand mixer and mixed until well combined.
  3. You can use an electric hand mixer and a large mixing bowl.
  4. There was no order in the mixing.
  5. Spoon into muffin pan.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Method for the Caramel Sauce:

  1. Melt butter and sugar, stirring continuously then add cream and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and whisk in essence.
  3. Add cornstarch slurry if you want it thicker. (I didn’t).
  4. Pour over hot pumpkin cookies as soon as it comes out the oven.
  5. Let it stand a few minutes to soak.
  6. I poked mine with toothpicks before pouring the sauce over.


Prepared, tried and tested Melanie Kramar


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 276
  • Sugar: 26
  • Sodium: 115
  • Fat: 15
  • Saturated Fat: 9
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 34
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 72
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4 thoughts on “Beste Pampoenkoekies (South African Pumpkin Fritters)”

  1. Hi Esme
    I love pumpkin fritters but have not made them since being in Canada. Have you ever tried making them with the canned pumpkin here or do you know if the pumpkin at Halloween time will do the same?


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