"Melkkos", a traditional South African Recipe

  • Thursday, 11 October 2018
  • Jeanette du Toit

Melkkos (milk food) is one of those South African heritage dishes you remember from your childhood in grandma's kitchen. "Melkkos" is one of my favourite dishes ever.  I do honestly not know what it is called in English, but if I had to translate it, it would be something like milk food. It is a dish with its main ingredient being milk, to which you add some flour and butter.


It is a great traditional dish that can be enjoyed all year round. Try it in the winter, it warms you up from the inside! Nothing tastes nicer than a bowl of melkkos, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on the top.

What can be nicer, I ask you all! If you have never tried it, I would say it is time.



  • 300 ml cake flour
  • 15 ml butter
  • 5 ml salt
  • 2 Liters milk
  • cinnamon sugar


  • Sift the flour and salt together. Rub the butter in with the flour, using your fingers.
  • Bring the milk to the boil on the stove and add the butter and flour mixture a little bit at a time.
  • Turn the heat right down and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Make sure you stir the mixture often.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top and enjoy it warm!

To serve:

Serve the melkkos with a knob of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top.


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