‘Padkos’ recipe, Vetkoek for the Road

vetkoek recipeWith the school holidays looming and final road-trip plans coming together, now seems like the perfect time to bring you this perfect holiday road trip recipe. In case you are unfamiliar with the term, ‘padkos’ literally means ‘road food’ in Afrikaans…food to eat while on the move. This year you can save time and money by cooking up your own travel snack before setting off. Travel snack or padkos in the form of traditional vetkoek stuffed with eggs and/or boerewors (although with a little imagination, the options are endless).


250 g of cake flour
10ml baking powder
15ml sugar
2ml salt
2 eggs, beaten
125ml water
Oil for frying

For the Filling:

6 boiled eggs, shelled.
Coil of thin cooked boerewors.

To start, sieve the dry ingredients together. Mix the water and beaten eggs together, and add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Then, get your knead on, that is, knead the dough until the mixture no longer sticks to the sides of the mixing bowl. Once your dough is ready, take your boiled eggs and/or boerie and wrap it in pieces of dough. vetkoek in the pot (erinmaciver.wordpress.com)

Next, fill a pan with enough oil that you can submerge the pieces of raw vetkoek. Heat the oil until it is hot but not smoking. Carefully place pieces of the vetkoek dough in the oil and keep turning until brown all over. Remove from the heat, drain, and pack in an accessible place, ready to be whipped out as a tasty travel snack for the road.

This recipe is courtesy of Justin Bonello and the cookedinafrica.com website.

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