Pumpkin Goolgoolas

A delicious twist on a classic!

As much as I enjoy creme brulee and delicious pastries I would trade them all for a plate of warm goolgoola’s any day!

My grandmother used to make these for me as a kid, and if I’m being honest she’d make them for me as an adult too! She made the best goolgoolas and they’d always turn out perfectly round which amazed me because I still struggle with getting them shaped perfectly even after years of trying.

My Recipe is slightly different than hers, it contains mashed pumpkin, mixed spice, and cinnamon – YUM!

I’m pleased to say that after much trial and error with this recipe I have finally got it right, they are so delicious and got wiped out within minutes – this recipe is a definite must-try!

Serve with a light dusting of icing sugar and a side of golden syrup.

Pumpkin Goolgoolas


125 g of cooked pumpkin, pureed

113 g self-raising flour

25 g castor sugar or swop for light brown sugar

1 large egg

60 g milk

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil on medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on a kitchen towel.
  5. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm. 
  6. Enjoy!

Published by Landi Govender

Hello & Welcome! My name is Landi and I am a recipe developer who loves creating mouth-watering meals. During the week you’ll find me cooking up a storm, but on the weekends my favourite thing to do is spending time with my family. I’m so excited to connect with you and would love to learn something new about YOU!

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