Roosterkoek
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Roosterkoek

Recipe By J’Something
Photographs By Craig Fraser

Ingredients

1 kg bread flour
1 packet (10 g) instant yeast
2 tbsps sugar
2 tsps salt
1½ cups water
1½ cups buttermilk
3 tbsps butter

My mom would serve these at her restaurant daily – I used to punish them!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl.
  2. Heat the water, buttermilk and butter until lukewarm, and then add to the dry ingredients in the bowl.
  3. Mix all together and knead until the mixture is smooth and elastic – usually about 15 minutes.
  4. Cover the bowl with a cloth and allow to stand in a warm spot until the dough rises. As soon as it reaches twice its original volume, knead back down.
  5. Divide the dough into 8–10 balls and flatten.
  6. Sprinkle a little flour on the pieces of dough and allow to rise again to about double the volume.
  7. Place the pieces of dough on the braai, keep them to one side on medium heat and turn them every now and then. Cook for about 15–20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

About the Author

Portugal born Joao Da Fonseca, a.k.a. J’Something, is known to millions of fans for his award winning hits as the lead singer and song writer of South African band Mi Casa.

J’Something has won multiple awards with Mi Casa, including 8 number 1 singles and 5 SAMA awards. They have hosted countless sold out shows in 31 African countries as well as in Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Italy, and Canada. In 2014 his passion for food and drink came to the fore culminating in two shows; Something’s Food & Drink and What’s for Dinner that reached over 18 000 000 viewers across South Africa in two years.

Currently together with David Higgs he hosts and judges the smash-hit My Kitchen Rules South Africa on MNet prime time. When not performing, J’Something can be found at Something’s Cooking by J, his first restaurant. The future is looking sweet for this humble, passionate, talented and creative mastermind.

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