Melkkos with deep-fried pasta

Melkkos with deep-fried pasta

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I first came across melkkos in boarding school. For those yearning for home, a taste of this creamy traditional South African dessert soothed our souls. This reimagined recipe keeps the comforting nostalgia but adds a playful crunch of crispy pasta.


  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 2 T ground cinnamon
  • 90 g flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 litres full-cream milk
  • 2 cups sunflower oil
  • 200 g angelhair pasta

Cooking Instructions

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1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place the flour in a separate mixing bowl, then rub in the butter with your fingertips until breadcrumb-like in texture.

2. Place the milk, cinnamon and 2 t of the cinnamon-and-sugar mixture in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and whisk in the flour mixture.

3. Cook, stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 - 10 minutes, or until your desired consistency is reached.

4. Serve with a scattering of cinnamon and sugar and a sprinkle of deep-fried pasta.

5. To make the crispy pasta, heat the oil in a deep saucepan over a medium heat. Drop the pasta into the oil and fry for about 20 seconds; it should turn brown/caramel in colour. Drain on kitchen paper.

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Videography: Shavan Rahim
Photograph: Shavan Rahim
Recipes and production: Emma Nkunzana

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Emma Nkunzana is a food stylist based in Cape Town. When she's not cooking or styling recipes, she can also be found kite surfing.

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