Rille Gebak

Rille Gebak is similar to spiced doughnuts made into a distinctive diamond shape. The texture inside is moist and soft whilst the outside is crispy. Rille Gebak can be dipped in sugar syrup or dipped in cinnamon sugar. I dipped mine in cinnamon sugar. My Aunty Labeba kindly shared her recipe with me, I only made half of the recipe and got out approximately 25 rille Gebak. She tells me the last time she made it was when my grandfather was alive!

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Rille Gebak


1 cup brown sugar

200g butter

4 Tbsp oil

2 large eggs

500g self-raising flour (small packet)

Pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp fine ginger

2 tsp fine cardamom

2 tsp fine cinnamon

2 tsp fine naartjie peel (dried satsuma peel) see cook’s note below

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 – 1¼ cup milk

Oil for deep frying

Cook’s tip

You may use brown sugar or yellow sugar

I keep all my naartjie peels, dry in the air fryer or oven then grind in a spice grinder.

As a guide, I only use 250ml measuring cups

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Rafiekah Jardine says; “I had this at least 30 years ago when my great aunt, ghalati (I really should find out what her name was) made them.”

Adri du Pont says; “The last time I had the honour and pleasure of having authentic, honest rillebak was in 1991 in Paarl ❤️” 


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Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Posted on 24/01/2022, in Desserts, Rille Gebak and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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