Pumpkin fritters

My gran's pumpkin fritters | Pampoen koekies

Light and fluffy pumpkin fritters (pampoen koekies) with caramel sauce. This recipe handed down to me by my gran is nostalgia on a plate.
Course Dessert, Pumpkin, South African
Cuisine South African
Keyword caramel, pumpkin fritters, pumpkin recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 148kcal
Author Alida Ryder


For the fritters

  • 1 cup pumpkin cooked and pureed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for deep frying

For the Caramel Sauce

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes


For the fritters

  • Combine all the ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown and cooked throughout, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the oil and allow to drain on kitchen paper.
  • Continue until all the fritters are cooked.

For the Caramel Sauce

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and allow to cook over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the sauce is thick and glossy.
  • Pour the syrup over the fritters and serve.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 99mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 14.8% | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 2%