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Friday, 22nd March 2019

Custard Melkkos recipe

Sago pudding or better known as Melkos is a traditional Afrikaans dessert. Serve it with custard.


200g sago (1 c)
2.5 liters milk (10 c)
2 eggs
60 ml water ( c)
30 g custard powder (4 T)
2 ml salt ( t)
15 ml butter/margarine (1 T)
cinnanamon sugar

Instructions on how to make it

Soak the sago in the milk for about an hour. Gradually bring the mixture to the boil over moderate heat, using a heavy based saucepan. Stir it quite often in order to prevent burning and simmer until the sago is soft and transparent.
Separate the eggs. Beat together the egg yolks, water, custard powder and salt. Add the custard mixture to the milk mixture and simmer until thick, stirring often. Add the butter/margarine.

Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Stir a little of the stiffly beaten egg white into the hot melkos until mixed. Then lightly fold the remaining egg white into the mixture, using a metal spoon.

Pour the custard melkkos into a heat proof serving dish, sprinkle lavishly with cinnamon sugar and serve immediately.

Makes 2,5 litres (10 cups) of melkkos