Is anything as equally proudly South African as roosterkoek? Probably not! Roosterkoeks are little baked bread buns/rolls put on the braai. They most often contain butter and garlic that turns into a melt-in-your-mouth treat, but over the years, these treats have become more “embellished.” Nowadays, roosterkoeks can have anything inside, from cheese and onion to biltong and jalapenos! It goes without saying that a roosterkoek is a braai time staple. It’s the treat every Saffa grows up enjoying – or should I say expecting. It’s excellent as a sidedish with salads and meats or as a snack straight from the braai. If you haven’t had a roosterkoek yet, you sure are missing out!
Today, we don’t want to talk about the regular roosterkoek recipe ideas you’re used to. Instead, we’re going to present you with a brand new concept: Bovril and cheese stuffed roosterkoek. As you already guessed, there’s a great recipe for you!
The ultimate roosterbrood recipe: Bovril & cheese extravaganza!
If you’ve never combine Bovril and cheese before, you probably wonder if these two ingredients have any business being together, and the truth is that they do! This combination is mouth-wateringly delicious, and most people that try it agree! Without much further ado, let’s jump right into our stuffed roosterkoek recipe.
What you need
- 300g of white bread flour
- 3 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 10g of instant yeast
- 190ml of lukewarm water
- 30ml of cooking oil (sunflower oil is a good choice)
- 2 tablespoons of butter (cubed)
- 6 teaspoons of Brovril
- Chunks of cheddar cheese cut into 1cm blocks (more or less as you please)
What to do
Whipping up a batch of roosterbrood is a lot easier than you think. Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to learn how to put it all together.
- In a bowl, mix the sugar, salt, and flour. Once well combined, sprinkle the instant yeast on the surface. The yeast must be on the surface so that it can be activated when adding the water.
- To the same bowl, add some of the lukewarm water (enough to form a stiff dough) and the oil. Mix the ingredients together to form a dough.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes until it loses its stickiness and becomes elastic.
- Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Leave the dough to rise. This should take about 60 minutes – it should increase to twice its size. Do not skip this step – the result will never be as light and fluffy!
- Once the dough has risen, knead it down and then separate it into medium size balls. You should be able to make a batch of 6 roosterbrood with the dough.
- Flatten each ball and place a cube of cheddar cheese and a cube of cold butter onto it. Add a teaspoon of Bovril. All of this will melt together when cooking the roosterkoek.
- Ensure that you place the filling on the middle of each ball and then folder the dough over and press it closed.
- Dust the outside of the bread balls with a little bit of flour and set them to one side to rise for around 30 more minutes.
- Now, cook your roosterkoek on the braai over a slow fire until crispy on the outside and melted inside. Cooking them slowly is essential to ensure that you don’t burn them outside before the inside can cook through.
What if you’re not planning a braai, but still want to enjoy a delicious stuffed roostebrood? You can also cook stuffed roosterbrood in the oven if you’re not having a braai. This is a great snack on its own but if you want to pair it with something, add braai meat and salads or a warm veggie bake done on the fire. There’s absolutely no occasion where this braai time treat won’t get a “hmm-hmm-hmm, can I have some more, please?” And if you have kids that don’t like to stop playing with their friends at a braai, pop a roosterkoek in their hands and let them eat on the go. They will eat it – it’s too delicious to turn down!
Once you’ve tried this stuffed roosterkoek recipe, you’re bound to want to try a few more. Below are a few ideas for making your own next batch of stuffed roosterbrood.
- Mielie kernel, garlic butter, and sausage stuffed roosterbrood
- Jalapeno, garlic butter, and cheese roosterkoek
- Scrambled egg and bacon roosterkoek
- Tomato, onion, and chutney roosterkoek
- Basil, tomato, and cheese roosterkoek
See how creative you can get the next time you make a batch of your own!
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