“Poffertjies” with Rooibos Syrup

July 9, 2010 in Snacks, Sweet treats

South African Style Doughnuts drizzled with homemade Rooibos syrup. Little mouthfuls of heaven. I got the rooibos syrup idea from a lovely cookbook called “A touch of Rooibos”.  If you have any syrup left over, use it drizzled over your french toast or an alternative syrup for baklava. So delicious and easy to make.



“Poffertjies” with Rooibos Syrup       

 Makes 30-40


What you will need:

600 g (4 x 250 ml) cake flour

15 g (1 1/2 pkts) instant yeast or fresh or dry equivalent

125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar

5 ml (1 t) salt


90 g melted butter

2 eggs, beaten

± 250 ml buttermilk


 Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Beat the butter, eggs and buttermilk into a separate bowl.

Add the liquid and mix to form soft dough (add a little extra flour if the dough is too wet or a little extra buttermilk if the dough is too dry).

Turn it out onto a well-floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover and leave in a warm place rise (to double in size).

Take two teaspoons to form little balls with the batter.

Spoon batter into hot oil and deep fry until golden, turning once. The “poffertjies” will float to the surface.

Drain cooked poffertjies on absorbent paper towel. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve with Rooibos syrup.



For the Rooibos Syrup:

125 ml(1/2 cup)  brown sugar

125 ml(1/2 cup)  strong Rooibos tea

5 ml (1 t) corn flour


Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Boil until syrupy.




Enjoy the Soccer final all!


Here’s to another blessed weekend! :-)


C xx




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17 responses to “Poffertjies” with Rooibos Syrup

  1. the rooibos syrup sounds really great!

  2. i am positively drooling…how gorgeous!! definitely will give these a try! thanks :)

  3. Love your photos! The poffertjies sound divine. Nice idea for the syrup :)

  4. Oh my word Carey… That is so my kinda food/snackies! (wonder if I can cheat by using normal bread dough…) Im making your scones this weekend, mouth already watering, and hips broadening! ;D

  5. Thank sharon! I’m sure you can, just cover it with loads of cinnamon and sugar and syrup! You only live once hey! :-)

  6. Thanks!

  7. glad u like! enjoy!

  8. Thanks! so easy to make! x

  9. Thanks! I want to experiment with a lavender infused syrup soon!

  10. Wow Carey – this looks super yummy! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. This looks heavenly! I’m definitely going to be using that rooibos syrup…

  12. thanks! yes it does indeed. Nothing like a hot cinnamony doughnut with this rooibos syrup on – it tastes like sweet silky rooibos tea!

  13. Thanks Marisa, it is so versatile, you’ll love it!

  14. thanks, you have a fab weekend too!

  15. sensational. What is it about fried dough balls drenched in sugar that is sooo good?

  16. This is just awesome….I think I will be making this for Sunday night’s final!!!!

  17. Wow, brilliant!!

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