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Rooibos In The Kitchen

More Than A Tea

Rooibos is an all-rounder: it is not only suitable as a tea, it is also a perfect companion in the kitchen. All you have to do is replace the water or milk in a recipe with Rooibos. Rooibos complements the natural aroma of food and brings it to life. Whether as a natural soup spice or as an ideal base for a meat and chicken marinade - a touch of Rooibos brings out the best in your food and drinks.

Prepare the Rooibos

For different recipes you need Rooibos in different strengths. A brewing time of 15 minutes applies to all strengths. The water should no longer boil when pouring. Temperatures around 90 degrees are ideal.

medium strength

3 Rooibos tea bags (2.5 g)
in 500 ml of water


6 Rooibos tea bags (2.5 g)
in 500 ml of water

very strong

12 Rooibos tea bags (2,5 g)
in 500 ml of water

south african recipes

Rooibos Malva Pudding with Cream Sauce

Malva pudding is a typical South African cake. The amount of dough is enough for a baking pan for 12 muffins. The pudding can also be baked on a small baking tray. The cream sauce is served with the malva pudding. Also chilled. Start with the preparation of 125 ml medium strength Rooibos tea and 125 ml strong Rooibos tea.

Ingredients for the Rooibos Malva Pudding:

  • 20 ml butter
  • 210 g (250 ml) powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 ml of fine apricot jam
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 125 ml of medium-strength Rooibos
  • 140 g (250 ml) cake flour
  • 1 ml salt
  • 5 ml white vinegar (5%), no wine or apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Grease a small baking dish or 12-muffin tin.
  2. Mix the butter and powdered sugar until frothy. Add the whole eggs one at a time and whisk each well until the batter is light and fluffy.
  3. Now add the apricot jam.
  4. Mix the baking powder with the warm Rooibos and add to the egg mixture.
  5. Sift the flour and salt together and fold into the egg mixture. Finally stir in the vinegar.
  6. Now fill the entire dough into the prepared casserole or muffin dish and bake for 45 minutes.

Ingredients for the Rooibos cream sauce:

  • 250 ml of cream
  • 150 g (180 ml) sugar
  • 125 g (135 ml) butter
  • 125 ml lukewarm strong rooibo
  • 5 ml vanilla essence


Put all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and heat over a low temperature. Stir constantly until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

Finally, pour the sauce over the hot pudding. Garnish with powdered sugar - and enjoy warm.

Rooibos Iced Tea

This tea is not only a hit in summer - refreshing, tasty and healthy. Just put a carafe of Rooibos iced tea in the fridge.

Ingredients for two liters:

  • 8 Rooibos tea bags 
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 6 thin slices of ginger


Pour a quart of boiling water over the ingredients. Stir everything well and let cool for two hours. Then fill up the tea with a liter of juice. Here you can choose between apple, grape or berry juice as you wish. Or you can refine the iced tea with just a little lemon juice.

Our tip: With a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, the iced tea is the perfect dessert.

Smoking With Rooibos

If you have a smoker, then you can simply smoke your meat with Rooibos. If you don't have a smoker, this can also be done in a pot on the stove.

Proceed as follows:

  1. Place Rooibos in a large preheated saucepan.
  2. Set the plate to the maximum heating level.
  3. Place a rack (e.g. a metal cake rack) in the pot and place the meat on it.
  4. As soon as the Rooibos begins to smoke heavily, close the pot with a lid.
  5. If the smoke gets too heavy, remove the pan from the stove.

 The ideal smoking time is between 7 and 10 minutes.

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