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Melkkos (Milk Food in English- just doesn't sound right!) is a very well known dish in South Africa. It brings back beautiful memories of winter holidays spend on the farm. When the sun sets and everything gets quiet and cold the smell of cinnamon from our kitchen made you feel warm and loved.

This week the weather was cold and snowy throughout our country and therefore I couldn't thought of any better comfort food than Melkkos to end the week on a high!

There is different ways to prepare Melkkos:

Frummels - This is the recipe that we do today. It's quick, easy and very delicious!

Snysels - This is the way my grandma used to make it. It is more difficult than the other ways, but it is definitely worth every second of effort.

Sago - In the hostel we used to call it Padda Ogies =) This is a very easy way to prepare Melkkos and it is lower in calories than the above mentioned ways as you use sago instead of butter and flour


  • 125g Cake Wheat Flour

  • 2.5ml Salt

  • 35g Cold Butter, cut into blocks

  • 1.5L Milk

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 60ml Brown Sugar

  • 10ml Vanilla Essence

  • Cinnamon sugar for serving


  1. Rub the flour, salt and butter with your fingertips until it is mixed well and has a crumbly texture - in Afrikaans we call it frummel!

  2. In a big pot on medium heat bring the milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks and bay leave to boil. Once it is boiling reduce the heat

  3. Sprinkle the frummels slowly into the milk while whisking

  4. On a very low heat simmer the Melkkos for about 10 to 15 minutes, whisking continuously

  5. Add the vanilla essence, mix through and then remove from the heat immediately

  6. Serve hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top

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