Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s mosbolletjies with roasted banana butter

These beautiful, warm mosbolletjies will take you right back to your grandmother's kitchen. They're the creation of chef Jan Hendrik, whose new show, JAN, is currently airing on VIA.


1kg flour
80g sugar
20g yeast
30ml grape juice
220g butter
100ml milk
250ml water
15ml salt
4 whole bananas
500g salted butter at room temperature


For the mosbolletjies:

• Mix the dry ingredients.
• Heat the grape juice, butter, milk and water in a small pot till the butter is melted, then let cool till lukewarm. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
• Mix for 10 minutes in a stand mixer with the speed on low to medium.
• Cover with a wet towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
• Mix for another 10 minutes.
• Pinch off pieces and roll in balls then place close together in a greased bread pan.
• Leave in a warm place to rise again for 30 to 40 minutes.
• Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius.

For the roasted banana butter:

• Place the bananas, with their skins on, in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bananas become black and emit a scent of caramel.
• Let them cool completely.
• Spoon the insides into a bowl.
• Beat the butter in a stand mixer with the beater attachment and add the roasted banana.
• Beat at the highest speed to obtain a light and fluffy texture.
• Taste and add salt, to taste.

Recipe by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Catch JAN, the chefs brand new tv show on VIA (DStv 147).

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