“Pampoenmoes”, South African Food!

“Pampoenmoes”, South African Food!

Pumpkin delight

Pumpkin is one of South Africa’s favourite vegetables.  Most restaurants serve pumpkin and spinach as vegetable side dishes with main meals and all mothers buy it for their families.  There are many ways in which you can serve the great varieties of pumpkin available like butternut squash, herbert squash, “boer” pumpkin or red pumpkin, to mention just a few. 

Not all types of pumpkin are in season and therefor
available all through the year, so you have to use the one that is in season at
a certain time.  The most common and
quickest way to prepare pumpkin is to boil it in a little bit of water, season
lightly with salt and add some cinnamon. 
Otherwise you can mix the pumpkin with flour, salt and egg and bake
“pampoenkoekies” in a little bit of oil, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve

Another favourite recipe from times gone by, a truly
traditional South African recipe, is “pampoenmoes”.  You can either bake this in the oven or boil
it in a little bit of water in a saucepan. 
This is a recipe worth trying: 


8 slices of white bread


Apricot jam

2 cups of pumpkin (1 butternut squash should do.  Slice very thinly)





1. Butter the bread on both sides and spread apricot jam on
the side facing up.  Place one layer in
an oven proof glass dish, jam facing up. 

2. Cut the pumpkin thinly, season lightly with salt and
place on top of the bread. 

3. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the

4. Repeat this until all the pumpkin and bread is used up,
finishing with a layer of pumpkin.  Dot a
few extra clots of butter on the top.      

5. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour in a pre-heated oven of

Serve the pumpkin hot with vegetables and maybe a lovely
chicken dish, maybe a pie?  This is a
great dish to try and impress your friends with.  It is very easy to make, so try it and see
what happens!

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