vetkoek, noun

Plurals:
unchanged, vetkoeks, or vetkoeke /ˈfetˌkʊkə/.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, vet fat + koek cake.
a. A small unsweetened cake of deep-fried dough; fat cake; fat cook; vetkoekie. b. noncount. Deep-fried unsweetened dough. Cf. maagbom, stormjaer sense 1.
1900 M. Marquard Lett. from Boer Parsonage (1967) 75Yesterday Eva bought 12/-worth of meal (two buckets) and baked half of it into bread & ‘vet koek’.
1902 D. Van Warmelo On Commando 106We were busy all evening baking vet-koek (a kind of scone fried in lard), as we had received the order to be ready to leave the following morning at one o’clock and to take provisions sufficient for two days.
1950 H. Gerber Cape Cookery 47Both Vetkoek and Roosterkoek were made either with unleavened dough or with a dough leavened with suurdeeg...Vetkoek...Fry the rolls in deep hot fat.
1969 Personality 5 JuneAlways there is the contrast between past and present..vetkoek and frozen foods.
1975 Sunday Times 19 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 5A typical meal would include vetkoek, the instant bread made by the Voortrekkers who had neither time to allow the dough to rise nor ovens for baking (it is made of wheat flour and yeast and is deep-fried).
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 58Grace arrived with the heaviest looking vetkoeke.
1979 Sunday Times 29 July (Mag. Sect.) 3The vetkoek should have a good golden colour all over.
1979 Heard & Faull Our Best Trad. Recipes 95‘Vetkoek’ remains a favourite with South Africans today...It is generally eaten instead of bread and is served with jam or syrup.
1980 A. Fugard Tsotsi 57A few of them had stayed behind to buy a tin of hot coffee and a vetkoek from the old woman on the corner.
1987 Frontline Aug.Sept. 28Agony Aunties lurking, with flabby open arms and gently clucking tongues and hearts of purest vetkoek.
1990 S. Afr. Consumer 4th Quarter 18The first batch of vetkoek which was started in cold oil baked beautifully.
1994 [see mahewu].
A small unsweetened cake of deep-fried dough; fat cake; fat cook; vetkoekie.
Deep-fried unsweetened dough.

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