This is one another south African desserts i absolutely looooove. We have all been sick for last couple of weeks and these little delights were my comfort food 😀 😀 

Bolas are deep friend doughnut balls coated with sugar syrup and desiccated coconut. The recipe is from Jason’s mom obviously 😀 and its super simple, make them up in a full batch and trust me you will eat them for a few days, i have been gobbling them up for breakfast, with tea and there may or may not have been a bolas dinner too -_- don’t judge me 🙂 

The recipe for the b0las is as follows :


Deep fried donut balls, soaked in sugar syrup and covered in desiccated coconut.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Author Aroshaliny godfrey


Bolas (Donut balls)

  • Butter - 125gm / 1/2 cup + tbsp of butter
  • Milk - 250ml / 1 cup
  • Eggs - 2
  • Sugar - 150gm / 3/4 cup
  • Water - 125ml / 1/2 cup
  • Cake flour - 500 gm / 5 cups
  • or
  • All purpose flour -480 4 cups gm + 20gm (4 tsp) baking powder
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Oil for deep frying - approx 750ml - 1 litre

Sugar syrup

  • Sugar - 400gm / 2cups
  • Water - 500ml / 2 cups
  • Cinnamon - 1 stick
  • Desiccated coconut - 2 cups


Bolas (Donut balls)

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk and butter together until its melted and mixed together, bring it to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, using a spatula or a paddle attachment fitted to a stand mixer. Cream the eggs and sugar.
  3. Add the milk butter mixture.
  4. Add the water and salt.
  5. Sift in the flour and mix thoroughly.
  6. In a deep pan or a deep fryer, heat the oil to medium - high. Scoop tablespoons of dough and drop it in the oil and deep fry until golden brown.
  7. Once golden brown, take them out and cool to room temperature.

Sugar syrup

  1. While the doughnut balls are cooling down, add water, sugar and cinnamon in a small pan.
  2. Heat until the sugar is completely melted and syrupy.


  1. Dunk in the doughnut in the hot syrup for a couple of seconds, until the sugar syrup is partly soaked in.
  2. Keep the desiccated coconut in another bowl, roll the sugar syrup soaked balls in the coconut.
  3. Serve warm/ cold ..
  4. enjoy for days!
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4 thoughts on “Bolas”

  1. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and may come back someday. I want to encourage you to continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

    • Hahahhaa thank you Melissa ! But it’s supposed to eaten as a whole batch 😉 that’s the whole point of it 😁 do let me know if you tried it and how it turned out for you! And also if you managed to finish the whole batch 🤭


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