Whether you call them amagwinya or vetkoek, there’s no denying that these fried treats are one of South Africa’s most treasured foods. Essentially a kind of doughnut, amagwinya is traditionally made with a yeasty bread dough that is shaped into balls (sometimes flattened slightly) before being fried in plenty of hot oil until golden brown and slightly swollen, with a soft, bread-like centre – heaven!
The traditional recipe using yeast gives you a light, airy vetkoek similar to a doughnut, but in a pinch, baking powder can be used. The dough can also be wrapped around a filling before you fry it.
The fillings can either be sweet or savoury, depending on what you feel like. Sweet fillings can include apricot jam, spiced chocolate ganache or even a butter sweetened and mixed with berries. Savoury options include aromatic mince, cheese and vegetables. Vetkoek can also be used to accompany soup.
Keen to try your hand at making your own? These are our favourite recipes.
Looking for even more inspiration? Find Hannah’s favourite ways with vetkoek and amagwinya here.