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Bowl of melkkos with cinnamon sugar.


This quick, easy, homemade melkkos is made from dough crumbles and can be served with a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon sugar within 20 minutes. A quintessential South African comfort food.
Course Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine South African
Keyword melkkos, melkkos with crumbles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 313kcal
Author Mary-Lou Watkins


  • 100 grams sugar (caster/white/brown)
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 90-180 grams plain flour (standard-grade/all-purpose)
  • 30 grams butter
  • 1.5 L milk


  • Stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside for serving.
    100 grams sugar, 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Cut the butter into small cubes, and add to the flour and salt. Rub the butter into the flour until you have a crumbly dough mixture.
    90-180 grams plain flour, 30 grams butter
  • Decide on how thin or thick you want the melkkos to be. At 90g (¾ cup of flour) the melkkos is rather on the thinner side, while at 180g (1½ cups) the melkkos is thick, closer to the thickness of a set milk tart. The more flour the quicker the melkkos will thicken up when cooking.
  • Bring the milk to a boil. Once the milk is boiling and frothy turn down the heat to low.
    1.5 L milk
  • While the milk is barely simmering, add in the dough crumble a spoonful or two at a time and whisk to combine. Once all the dough has been incorporated into the milk, allow cooking for a further 5 to 10 minutes , whisking or stirring occasionally.
  • Once the melkkos has cooked, turn off the heat and allow it and for 5 minutes before serving with a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a pat of butter.


TIP - If you like bigger lumps in your melkkos, stir with a spoon instead of a whisk.
TIP - For those who prefer a smoother texture, or can't handle food with differing textures, whisk the mixture vigorously and then blend the mixture using an immersion blender to give a smooth finish.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 547IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 1mg