Spiced orange pumpkin fritters

Sweet and spicy pumpkin fritters with a hint of orange. These scrumptious bites make the perfect festive appetisers.

Less than 45 minutes

Serves 6-8


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  • 1½ cups (300g) sugar
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tsp (10ml) cornflour



  • 3 cups (750ml) cooked and mashed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) honey
  • 2 cups (500ml) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground ginger 
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground cinnamon + extra for serving
  • ½ tsp (3ml) ground cloves 
  • ½ tsp (3ml) ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups (750ml) canola oil



  1. Combine sauce ingredients (excluding cornflour) in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  2. Mix cornflour with a little water to make a paste and add to sauce.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes, or until thick, and keep warm.
  4. For fritters, combine pumpkin, eggs, orange peel and honey.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients and stir through pumpkin mixture until well-combined.
  6. Heat oil in a pot and fry dollops of fritter batter until golden all over.
  7. Drain on kitchen paper and submerge in warm sauce for 5 minutes (reserve some sauce for serving). Remove.
  8. Serve pumpkin fritters dusted with extra cinnamon and a drizzle of extra sauce.


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