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South African pumpkin fritters

PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
20 min
8 min
12 min
These delicious fritters are a super versatile South African classic and take only 20 minutes to prepare. Serve them as a savory snack with spicy mango salsa or as a sweet dessert with some whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. With 12 servings and such a quick preparation, this recipe is a must-make for the holidays when family visits. The delightful smell of the cooking pumpkin will draw folks to your table for a wonderful treat. The unique flavor will get the group talking while the delicious flavor fills them up. Having a spicy dish for dinner? Try these fritters in place of bread to sweetly sop up the juices and cool your palate.


All-purpose flour

½ cup(s)

Baking powder

2 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

Ground cinnamon

1 tsp

Canned pumpkin puree

15 oz


2 large egg(s), separated

Cooking spray

3 spray(s), divided

Olive oil

1 Tbsp, divided


  1. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin with egg yolks; mix until well-combined.
  3. In another small bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form.
  4. Alternating in batches, add flour mixture and egg whites to pumpkin mixture, stirring after each addition.
  5. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon oil; heat until oil shimmers. Drop 4 large spoonfuls of batter onto skillet to form four 3-inch fritters; cook until bubbles start to form along sides, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip fritters and cook until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more; remove fritters to a serving plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat process two more times to make twelve fritters total. Yields 1 fritter per serving.