Sweet Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin fritters are a tasty South African dish that can be had for breakfast, lunch or even as a snack. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and drizzled with syrup or dusted with sugar.

Serves: 6


1 cup cooked pumpkin, mashed and well-drained
2 eggs
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Oil for frying
Cinnamon sugar for dusting or golden syrup


  1. Cook and drain the pumpkin.
  2. Beat the eggs and then add to the pumpkin. Mix very well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients excluding he cinnamon sugar and oil. Mix well into the batter.
  4. Heat a heavy pan, using medium to high heat to start with. Add a little oil.
  5. Scoop up heaped tablespoons of batter, and drop into pan, but not too close together.
  6. Fry until bubbles form on the top surface. They should now be firm and golden on the underside.
  7. Flip over and fry on other side.
  8. The fritters will puff up slightly while cooking. To test, press lightly on the fritters. When done, they will tend to spring back.
  9. Remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper.
  10. Serve warm with plenty of crunchy cinnamon-flavoured sugar or drizzle with golden or maple syrup.

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