Recipe for traditional South African Mosbolletjies – tear off a piece and enjoy with lashings of butter and syrup

1 kg cake flour
10 ml salt
100 g (125 ml) sugar
10 g (1 sachet) instant dry yeast
30 ml whole aniseed
100 g butter
250 ml white grape juice
125 ml lukewarm milk
250 ml lukewarm water
30 ml sugar mixed with 30 ml lukewarm water (sugar syrup for brushing after baking)

How to
Sift flour and salt together. Add sugar, yeast and aniseed. Stir well.

Heat butter and grape juice in a saucepan until butter has melted. Do not boil. Add to dry ingredients along with milk and water, then mix to form a soft dough.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface, then knead for 5-10 minutes, or until the dough is soft and elastic. Place in a large oiled bowl, then cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or doubled in size.

Knock down dough on a floured surface, and knead until smooth. Divide into equal pieced and shape into balls (the correct technique is to squeeze balls of dough through a circle made by your thumb and forefinger, using oiled/buttered hands, this way you get nice smooth balls of dough). Pack the balls tightly into 2 loaf tins of about 22cm each. Cover and leave to rise for about 30-45 minutes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for 35-40 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks, then brush immediately with syrup.

Leave to cool slightly, then eat warm, or break into pieces and dry out in a cool oven at 70 C overnight.


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Recipe courtesy of The Food Fox. Visit the blog for more delicious recipes. Recipe copyright – Ilse van der Merwe. Photo copyright – Tasha Seccombe. Styling by Nicola Pretorius and Tasha Seccombe.