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Say what? Amakhekhe are scones, similar to the English variety but just larger. These proudly South African treats are glazed with a jam that gives them their distinctive colour. Traditionally, they are served as is, without any jam or cream.


250g flour, sifted, plus extra to dust
20 ml baking powder
½ tsp salt
400 ml buttermilk
40g butter, at room temperature, plus extra to grease
20 ml cold water
1 tbsp apricot jam
1 tbsp boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, butter and water, and mix together.
3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Pat flat and cut into 12 pieces. Shape into rounds.
4. Place on a greased baking tray and sprinkle with a little flour. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Mix the jam and boiling water together and brush on to the amakhekhe. Transfer to a cooling rack.

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