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Namibian Fat Cakes Recipe

Namibian Fat Cakes (Fried Dough)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Namibian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 163kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 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!


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.5mg