Namibian fat cakes are simply fried dough. One of my favorite things!
They are a staple snack and dessert.
They are sometimes served with kapana, a street food.
They can be served anytime of day and available at markets and street vendors.
Sometimes they are served with minced meat and cheese, jam, plain or how we enjoyed them with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar hot out of the oil.
They are crispy on the outside and light on the inside, simply delicious!
Namibian Fat Cakes (Fried Dough)
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 packets of quick rise yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vinegar
- 1 3/4 cups of water +/-
- Oil for frying
- Mix flour yeast sat and sugar together in a bowl
- Mix the vinegar into the water and pour over the dry ingredients
- Mix together until a soft dough forms
- Mix well to remove any possible lumps
- Add water as needed.
- Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until double
- Heat oil until hot in a heavy based sauce pan.
- Take spoonfuls of dough about the size of a ping pong ball and drop into the hot oil.
- Cook until golden and flip so they are browned all around.
- Serve hot with jam, confectioners sugar, roll in cinnamon and sugar, peanut butter, cheese, or just plain. Enjoy!