Roosterkoek with smoked cod roe butter

Roosterkoek with smoked cod roe butter

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  • 6 as a starter
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Kleine Zalze Nectar

“What beats the smell of freshly baked bread? Freshly made roosterkoek baking over the coals! It takes just 20 minutes to cook, and the smoky cod roe butter turns it into something extra special.” – Clem Pedro


  • For the roosterkoek:
  • 360 g self-raising flour
  • 3 cups plain double-cream yoghurt
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 T sugar
  • For the tomato-and-onion salsa:
  • 400 g Woolworths Roma tomatoes, quartered and thickly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 T coriander, roughly chopped
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup sherry vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • For the cod roe butter, mix:
  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 90 g Woolworths smoked cod roe paste (or half the tube)

Cooking Instructions

1.  To make the roosterkoek, combine all the ingredients and knead to make a ball. Flour a work surface, then turn out the dough and knead for about 2 minutes until smooth.

2. Place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and lightly dust with flour. Place the dough in the tray and gently press and stretch it to fill the tray. Lightly dust with flour and set aside.

3. To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients except the oil. Toss until the sugar has dissolved and place in a serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil.

4. Place a braai grid over medium coals and gently turn out the dough onto the grid, removing the baking paper. Cook for 7–8 minutes, or until golden brown and loosened from the braai grid, which makes it easier to turn over.

5. Carefully turn over and cook for a further 8 minutes, or until it makes a hollow sound when tapped. If the bread is dark on both sides but not yet cooked inside, move it to a cooler side of the braai and continue cooking and turning until it is cooked through.

6. Serve the roosterkoek on a board or platter with the cod roe butter and salsa.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly and Clement Pedro
Food assistants: Josh Van Zyl, Ellah Maepa and Lerato Maepa

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Clement Pedro strikes a balance between rib-sticking fare you can really get stuck into and experimental recipes that take accessible ingredients to next-level status. Clem can do pretty much anything – and so can you with his recipes.

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