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Fat Cakes ( Magwinya)

Fat Cakes, deep fried cakes( similar to yorkshire pudding). It is a classic Setswana bread, served savory or sweet. These Setswana cakes are perfect as a snack on a cold, winter day with a nice hot cup of tea.

Fat Cakes ( Magwinya)


1 kg (2 1/4 pounds) white bread flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet instant yeast
1 litre lukewarm water
Vegetable oil for deep frying

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast together.

Slowly add lukewarm water and stir. Mix to form a smooth dough. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth.

Cover with oiled cling fling, and leave to rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Heat enough vegetable oil for deep frying.

Take a piece of dough rolling into the shape and size of a tennis ball and carefully lowering it into hot oil. Deep fry six fat cakes at a time.

Allow to turn golden brown on sides by frequently turning. They are ready when floating and making puffy sound and doubled in size.
Remove from oil and drain on kitchen paper.

Whilst still hot, serve with vegetable stew or a hot cup tea.


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