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Traditional Roly-Poly at DikkopVlakte (recipe)

Making Traditional Roly-Poly at DikkopVlakte (recipe)

A couple of months ago I spent a night at one of my favourite Karoo farm stay spots, DikkopVlakte Gasteplaas between Grahamstown and Bedford. Although they offer self-catering accommodation in the 6 bedroom main house, we were there for a meeting the next day and the owners Tommy and Carine van Kerken joined us for a braai that evening. For dessert Carine “threw” together a traditional Roly-Poly baked pudding. She didn’t have a specific recipe on paper but made it from memory, so I went digging around the interwebs and found one to share with you today.

Making Traditional Roly-Poly at DikkopVlakte (recipe)


2 cups flour (500 ml)

3 teaspoons baking powder (15 ml)

1 teaspoon salt

12 cup butter (125 g)

2 eggs, beaten

milk, a few tablespoons, see instructions

1 teaspoon vanilla

apricot jam


12 cups boiling water (375 ml)

1 cup sugar (250 ml)

2 tablespoons butter (30 ml)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Making Traditional Roly-Poly at DikkopVlakte (recipe)


  • Preheat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius.
  • Grease a suitable oven dish, like a rectangular Pyrex dish.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and rub in the butter.
  • Add the beaten eggs, and then just enough milk, tablespoon by tablespoon, to make a fairly firm dough.
  • Roll the dough out quite thinly — on a surface sprinkled with flour — and form a rectangle, by cutting off bits and adding it on again.
  • Spread the dough with apricot jam.
  • From one of the LONG sides, roll it up like a swiss roll.
  • Cut this roll into 1-inch slices, using a serrated knife such as a bread knife. The jam WILL ooze out.
  • Pack the slices, cut sides up, closely together, in the greased dish. Scoop the jam which oozed out on the surface you used, and just plonk back on to these rolls.
  • In a pot, mix the boiling water (from your kettle), sugar, butter, and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • With a tablespoon, ladle evenly over the slices of pudding, but beware: you will have more sauce than the baking dish can take. Usually, you’ll be left with about 3/4 cup. KEEP IT.
  • Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes.
  • When the sizzling pudding comes out of the oven, carefully pour the extra sauce over the centre slices: I find that, when baking, the sauce tends to pool on the sides.
  • Now the hot pudding will absorb much of the leftover sauce in seconds. Use as much or as little as you like.
  • Serve hot, with custard, ice cream or whipped cream.
Making Traditional Roly-Poly at DikkopVlakte (recipe)

This pudding will definitely have you come back for seconds and perhaps even thirds if there are any left over at that stage. And if you ever spend a few days at DikkopVlakte, I’m sure you’ll be able to bribe Carine into making you a batch.