Some foods take you straight back to childhood. For me, my ouma’s pampoenkoekies (grandmother’s pumpkin fritters) do the trick. I grew up eating these and it will always be one of my favourite treats. We eat them as a side dish, but because of the sweet taste, it feels like you are having dessert as a side dish.
On one of my first dates with Jonathan back in the day, we got into an argument about whose grandmother has the best cooking. Without even tasting his granny’s food, I knew mine would win. I grew up eating her food. I know what I am talking about.
After the first time Jonathan tasted my grandmother’s food, he had to admit defeat. We both agreed that my granny’s food was the best. It only took one of her dishes to convince him of this.
My grandmother is that type of gran who will go out of her way and spend hours in the kitchen just to make you that thing you’ve been craving that only she knows how to make.
My Ouma se Pampoenkoekies (Granny’s Pumpkin Fritters)
Here is my grandmother’s recipe for Pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters). I trusted no other sources.
2 cups cooked pumpkin, pureed
1 tbsp xylitol or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp erythritol
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 tbsp tapioca flour*
1 tbsp xylitol or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp erythritol mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup coconut oil – to fry the pumpkin fritters in
In a medium bowl, mix the pumpkin, sweetener, salt, and baking powder. Whisk in the egg. In a pan, heat up coconut oil. Once hot, drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan. Leave each side to fry until golden brown. When you remove it from the heat, sprinkle the cinnamon and sweetener mixture on top. *You can use a different flour like almond flour or macadamia flour.
Think your ouma has the best cooking skills? You are probable wrong. Because my ouma is the best.