Dikuku le Gemer

Gemer (ginger beer) is often prepared ahead of big Sesotho occasions and served together with dikuku (scones).

Conversions

intermediate

SERVES 10

PREP TIME 1day

COOK TIME 1hr

Ingredients

Gemer (Ginger Beer)

  • 2L Water
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 Cup Huletts SunSweet Brown Sugar/Huletts Treacle/Huletts White Sugar (Depending on preference)
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 100g Raisins
  • 1 Pineapple Skin
  • 50g Fresh Ginger
  • 5ml Instant Yeast

Scones (Dikuku)

  • 3 ½ Cups Flour
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅓ Cup Huletts White Sugar
  • 1 ¼ Cups Fresh Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 65g Butter

Method

Gemer (Ginger Beer)

  1. In a pot dissolve the sugar with 2 cups of water.
  2. Simmer the ginger, raisins, cream of tartar, pineapple skin and the rest of the water.
  3. Allow the pot to cool for an hour and add the yeast.
  4. Leave to stand overnight.
  5. Strain into a bottle and chill before serving.

Dikuku (Scones)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an oven tray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Using your hands, rub the butter in the flour and add sugar.
  4. Beat the egg and cream together and make a well in the centre to add the cream mixture. Mix with a knife, being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Pat out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 2cm and use a cookie cutter to cut into rounds. Lightly egg-wash.
  6. Place on the greased baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Conversion Table

Cups Tablespoons Grams
Butter 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g
Flour/Sifted 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 30g/27g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 40g/35g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 60g/55g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 120g/110g
Granulated Sugar 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 50g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 65g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 100g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 200g
Brown Sugar/ Firmly Packed 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 45g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 60g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 90g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 180g
Water 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 114g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g