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Justin Bonello’s Roosterkoek in Se7en Steps…

November 4th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Justin Bonello’s Cooked in Africa is one of our favorite cookbooks ever – here is our rave review!!!


Naturally we needed to try a recipe as soon as we got it! I am dying to try his tin cup breakfast but we needed something to dash on our braai on Saturday and RoosterKoek – braai-bread it was, follow the link for his recipe.

This is what you are aiming for:


and this is what we did:

Let’s Meet the Players:


  • a packet of yeast
  • a teaspoon of sugar
  • 100ml warm water
  • 400g flour
  • pinch of salt
  • a knob of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • sunflower oil.

Let’s Play The Game:

Step 1: Pop your yeast and sugar into the warm water, sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on top to prevent the top getting a crust (great idea!!!) and leave for ten minutes, until it is active and bubbly.


Step 2: He sieves his flour and salt together… but then he doesn’t have se7en + 1 kids bouncing around. I did measure it and in it went…


Step 3: Using your fingers rub the butter into the flour.


Step 4: Beat the eggs and add them to your, by now, frothing yeast mixture. Make a well in your flour and pour in the mixture.


Step 5: Then knead the dough – and its all about those bouncing kids, he did it by hand and we used a machine.


Step 6: Rub sunflower oil on your dough, so that it doesn’t dry out and leave it to rise and double in size. Once the dough has risen give it a quick knead and divide it in half and in half and in half again… roll your chunks into balls and leave them to rise gain.


Step 7: Then, since they were our dessert, we popped a piece of chocolate into each one for a surprise. You could just as easily use jam.


Our fire had burnt down considerably, and we popped the rolls onto the grid, after a couple of minutes we turned them.


When they are brown on both sides and cooked through…


You are done… a nice warm to be eaten round the fire surprise!!!


That’s it – Bon Appetito!!!

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11 responses so far ↓

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  • 2 jacki // Nov 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    They turned out so fab! Sorry we couldn’t stay!!
    Thanks for a great wonderful just-what-I-needed braai; kids loved it too.

  • 3 se7en // Nov 6, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Hay J, I am just so glad you guys could make it – what can be better than a spontaneous summer braai. Have a good week!!!

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  • 10 Marcia (123 blog) // Jan 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    oooh yummy! I think I’m going to be Mother of the year with this recipe!!!

    I’ll have to do it on a Sunday so I can get my 52project pic with them looking super happy 🙂
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  • 11 se7en // Jan 23, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Oh Marcia, Your comment fills my bucket, so to speak!!! Love the idea of your guys diving in and making bread with you!!! Hope you have had a great week!!!

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