#LockdownDelights aMagwinya, Makwenya, Fat Cakes

By @PayDayMillionaire

One of the most talked about lockdown delights on social media are aMagwinya, Makwenya or Fat Cakes. 

Here’s a recipe from Twitter user @PayDayMillionaire


  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 2 Cups lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 Cups flour


  • Mix lukewarm water, sugar and yeast
  • Let it stand for 5-10 minutes until it starts forming bubbles
  • Sift Flour and Salt and add water and yeast mixture 
  • Let the dough sit for at least 30 minutes until ikhukhumale (it starts to rise)

Now for the Fun Part – preparing the dough for the pan. These are not your usual round amagwinya. They are square….

For this part: you must have at least a cup of flour. Sprinkle some flour over your surface. Rub both hands in the flour and scoop a batch of dough and pat the flour around it with your hands and put on surface already sprinkled with flour.

I start heating my oil while I am rolling and cutting the magwinyas out. As soon as it’s hot enough I put them in the oil (Note: to avoid your magwinya forming a big bubble on one side, turn them over in the oil regularly until they look crispy and golden outside)….and voila

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