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Soft Inkomazi Scones | Amasi Sour Milk Treat

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Craving a lekker South African delight? Let’s get our hands doughy with these scrumptious Soft Inkomazi Scones. A treat perfect for kuiers (get together) with your chommies (buddies) or just a cosy tea time!


Soft Inkomazi Scones Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine South African
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Oven
  • 1 Pastry Brush (If you don't have one, just use your fingers. No stress!)
  • Cooling Rack (If you don't have one, a clean tea towel will do.)


  • 500 ml Inkomazi (sour milk)
  • 500 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 50 g cold and diced butter (This will make your scones light and flaky)
  • 1 Beaten Egg


  • Preheat Your Oven: First off, set your oven to 200°C. Get it nice and hot for our scones!
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Give it a good mix.
  • Add Butter: Now, add the cold, diced butter to your flour mix. Rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add Inkomazi and Egg: Make a well in the centre of your mixture. Pour in the Inkomazi and beaten egg. Stir until just combined. You want a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  • Shape Your Scones: With floured hands, gently shape your dough into a rough square about 2cm thick. Don't overwork the dough, we want light, fluffy scones!
  • Cut Out Scones: Using a sharp knife, cut your dough into squares. Place these onto your baking sheet.
  • Bake: Pop your scones into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and risen.
  • Cool and Enjoy: Let your scones cool on a wire rack (or clean tea towel) for a bit before tucking in.
Keyword Soft Inkomazi Scones

Maas Scones Recipe Heritage

Soft Inkomazi scones are a beloved classic from the heart of South Africa. They’re named after Inkomazi, a brand of traditional sour milk often used in South African cuisine. The inclusion of sour milk (also known as amasi or maas) in scone recipes is not a new phenomenon – many cultures have similar dishes. Some food historians even suggest that scones using fermented dairy products could have been baked in ancient times, but that’s pure speculation!

Amasi Scones Recipe Tips & Tricks 

From my personal experience, the secret to achieving the fluffiest scones lies in handling the dough gently. Overmixing can develop the gluten in the flour, resulting in a tougher scone. Always remember to add the diced butter while it’s cold, which helps create those lovely, flaky layers. And yes, don’t skip the step of cooling your scones on a rack, it prevents them from becoming soggy on the bottom.

Best Occasions to Serve Soft Inkomazi Scones

These scones are the epitome of versatility. Ideal for a heartwarming breakfast on chilly winter mornings, they are also perfect for an afternoon tea on a breezy summer day. Have a braai (barbecue) coming up? Your mates will love these scones served alongside! And don’t forget to serve them during family gatherings, like Easter or Christmas.


Recipes and Sides That Go Well With Soft Inkomazi Scones

  • Apricot Jam: A dollop of sweet apricot jam contrasts perfectly with the slightly sour flavour of the scones.
  • Mature Cheddar: Give your scones a savoury twist with some sharp cheddar.
  • Roasted Tomato Soup: Warm, comforting tomato soup is a fantastic accompaniment to these scones on cold days.

Ingredient Alternatives for Amasi Scones

  • Buttermilk: A good substitute for Inkomazi if you can’t find it.
  • Wholemeal Flour: For a nuttier taste and added fibre.
  • Coconut Sugar: An alternative to standard sugar for a slightly different flavour profile.

Nutritional Facts

  • High in Carbohydrates: The flour in scones makes them a good source of energy.
  • Protein Source: Inkomazi and eggs provide protein.
  • Moderate Fat Content: Comes from butter and Inkomazi.

Troubleshooting (Common Problems) Maas Scones Recipe

  • Scones not rising: Ensure your baking powder is fresh.
  • Scones are hard: You may have overworked the dough. Remember to handle it gently.

Other Similar Recipes / Alternatives

  • Traditional English Scones: These are typically served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
  • Irish Soda Bread: Similar to scones, but formed into a round loaf, with a cross cut into the top.

And that’s it, friends! Don’t be shy to try out these tweaks and tips. Remember, the kitchen is your playground. Happy baking!

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