Amasi is fermented milk, which tastes like plain yoghurt or cottage cheese. It’s basically South Africa’s national dairy drink – and it’s the key ingredient in our national porridge, pap. It’s just the ingredient you need as the country celebrates its democracy on this Election Day.


According to Zulu tradition, amasi makes a man strong and desirable. There’s plenty of history (but sadly not much science) to back that up. All we know, is that amasi has high levels of lactic acid, giving it many of the benefits of probiotics.


These include a boosted immune system, improved digestion and faster recovery after taking antibiotics.


Sold? We are. Here’s our recipe for amazing amasi rusks. Dip them, dunk them, eat them, crunch them… It’s up to you!


1kg self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 cups all-bran flakes
1 cup muesli or sunflower seeds
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
500g butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Line two, 20x30cm deep roasting trays.

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Combine the eggs, buttermilk (that’s your amasi!), melted butter and vanilla and mix into the dry ingredients.

Add a little milk, if necessary, to form a soft dough.

Press into a greased roasting tray and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Slice into fingers when cool and place in a low oven at 50°C with the door ajar until crisp and dry.

Store in an airtight container.


Makes 50

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