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roosterkoek recipe

Roosterkoek Recipe

Roosterkoek is grilled bread (buns) that is an old-time South African favorite.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African


  • 2.2 lbs Bread Flour (7¼ cups)
  • 1 packet Instant Yeast
  • 5 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • cups Water
  • cups Milk 375 ml Milk
  • 3 tbsp Margarine or Butter


  • Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • Heat the water, milk, and margarine until luke warm and add to the dry ingredients in the bowl
  • Mix the contents of the bowl and kneed the mixture until it is smooth and elastic. This takes typically takes about 15 minutes.
  • Cover the bowl with a cloth and let it stand in a warm spot where is will rise (grow in volume).
  • Periodically monitor the bread mixture in the bowl.
  • As soon as it reached twice its original volume, kneed it back down. Then divide it into 8 to 10 balls, and flatten the balls. (You may also flatten the bread mixture to about ¾ - 1 inch thick and cut into 8 to 10 rectangles.)
  • Sprinkle a little flour on the pieces of dough and allow them to rise again to about double volume.
  • Put the pieces of dough on a barbeque (braai) grill with medium heat. True South Africans use coals, not gas ;-)
  • Turn the dough regularly until properly cooked and golden-brown on both sides.