Amadumbe (Madumbis) and Rosemary Scones

It is so cold as I’m writing this post, sitting on my bedding with laptop.  My fingers are freezing and I don’t know what happened to my gloves. I keep on thinking I need to go buy a gas heater tomorrow….at least that keeps me going….

Besides being wrapped up with blankets, I keep going to the kitchen to refill my cup of tea.  I’m up to my third scone….My bad!  Please don’t judge me I can’t help it they are
so delicious and fluffly…

For this month’s Sasko recipes, I’ll be posting a savoury and a sweet recipe just like I did last month.  For a savoury recipe, I baked Amadumbe (madumbis) and Rosemary Scones, I’ve been promoting Amadumbe a lot lately, both on the blog anin my Cape Times column.  Amadumbe are actually a good tasting vegetable and they are nutrient dense.  At the moment they are in season and its best to take advantage of that while we can.

Have you ever baked savoury scones before?  It was my first time working on a savoury scone recipe.  The recipe uses the small madumbis.  They are slimy and the colour tends to become
slightly greying after cooking and peeling.  I was worried about how the scones were going to turn out, especially the texture and appearance.  Amadumbis are quite dense.

For this recipe one needs just a few ingredients and it is very easy to prepare.  Just follow the recipe and method to the tee to get the best results please.  Then you bring out the Nigella in you and add  your own twist the second time.  Either than that, enjoy the baking process or keep making that tea.  Happy Baking!

P.S. Have a look at the other mouth-watering Sasko Flour recipes that I posted last month:

Banana and Raisin Mpunyane (Sorghum Bread)

Baked Morogo Ntlaphoyi / Jeqe (Morogo Mealie Bread)

All the Sasko Flour recipes posted on this blog will also be featured on the  Sasko Flour facebook page.

For more about Sasko Flour and their interesting range of products and recipes visit their website:

Amadumbe (Madumbis) and Rosemary Scones

Makes 7 -8 scones

500ml (2 cups) Sasko White Bread Flour

15ml (1Tbsp) Moirs Baking Powder

2ml salt

10 ml (2tsp) white sugar

125g butter, cubed

125ml or 2 small madumbis, cooked and mashed

125ml (½ cup) full cream milk

1 egg

5ml (1tsp) fresh rosemary, chopped

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add mashed madumbis into crumbled mixture and mix with fingers until blended.
  5. Mix egg, milk and rosemary with a fork.  Add to the dry ingredients, sprinkle with black pepper and mix well until blended.  Do not over mix.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, pat lightly and cut using a scone cutter.
  7. Place scones on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
  8. Brush scones with milk as soon as they get out of the oven.
  9. Serve with cottage cheese.




About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 6 )

  • Now as soon as I find some madumbis I have to try these. I love scones, but these sound even more interesting.
    Hope you are warmer now, Thuli. I’ve been wrapped in a sleeping bag at my computer today and wearing a hat. The kitten is the best hot water bottle when he deigns to sit with me!

    • Hi Kit, hope you buy madumbis before they are out of season and get to try these! Enjoy!

  • I am a Kwa Zulu girl and love madumbis–i will also be posting my favourite way of eating madumbis–but i am going to have to try these scones ASAP

    • Hi Usha! Let me know how it goes and please share your opinions. Enjoy!

  • Aby

    hai cc i wanted to know if you need amadumbes or not becouse i am selling anyone who need madumbes must contact on 0833665066

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