roosterkoek

Roosterkoek: The perfect braai accompaniment. Image: Unsplash.

Braai Day Roosterkoek – Outdoor bread is so easy!

Gone camping or want that extra rustic braai experience, try our Braai Day Roosterkoek recipe. The perfect addition to any South African summer braai.

roosterkoek

Roosterkoek: The perfect braai accompaniment. Image: Unsplash.

Are you going camping or looking for another addition to your braai day feast? Something we love doing is cooking everything we can on the fire. If you have a deep cast iron pan or pot, we have something special for you. This Braai Day Roosterkoek is a truly South African favourite bread that goes great with all of the meat you’ll be cooking. This is an especially great recipe if you’ve gone camping and want something great to cook. They’re like great doughy buns of glory, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Roosterkoek translates to “roasted cake” but in this case it’s bread. You don’t want your coals to be too hot when you make these rolls. The heat creates a great toasty crust on the outside while the inside of the bread is light and fluffy. Just remember to give the dough a good rise and don’t over-knead. These rolls are great with any type of meat you have on the fire and are as great to eat as they are to look at.

Gone camping or want that extra rustic braai experience, try our Braai Day Roosterkoek recipe. The perfect addition to any South African summer braai.

Braai Day Roosterkoek Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by James Olivier Course: SidesCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

40

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

The two most important things when it comes to cooking the perfect roosterbrood is giving the dough time to rise, and then cooking it on coals that aren’t too hot. Other than that, it’s as easy as pie … or in this case: bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg white bread flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 10 g instant dry yeast

  • 60 g butter, cut into small cubes

  • 600 ml lukewarm water

Method

  • Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together.
  • Add the butter into the flour mixture, rubbing with your fingertips until the mixture resembles crumbs.
  • Add the water to the dry ingredients to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (between 6 and 10 minutes).
  • Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap and allow to stand in a warm place until doubled in size. This should take1 – 2 hours.
  • Knead the dough again and shape it into 12 balls.
  • Place the balls of dough into a greased pan and allow them to stand for a further 10 minutes.
  • Flatten the balls slightly and sprinkle with a little flour.
  • Cook over low fire for 10 minutes on each side.
  • Tap the bread with your fingers, when it makes a hollow sound it is ready to be taken off.

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