Here's what SA's been cooking up during lockdown, according to Google

09 April 2020 - 09:33 By Toni Jaye Singer
Fudge is one of the sweet treats South Africans have been craving during lockdown, according to Google data.
Fudge is one of the sweet treats South Africans have been craving during lockdown, according to Google data.
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If our googling habits are anything to go by, Mzansi seems to have developed a serious sweet tooth since we all got “grounded” by the government on March 27.

Since the moment we entered lockdown, six of the eight most-searched recipes by South Africans have come from the dessert section of the ginormous cookbook known as the internet, according to Google search trends.

That good old comforting classic, malva pudding, took the number one. Fudge and banana bread rounded out the top three.

The only savoury recipes to feature on the list were tuna pasta and bread rolls, which ranked at number five and eight respectively.

BAKING OR BREWING?

Given that there's a yeast shortage at the moment, it's intriguing that only two of dishes on Google's most-searched recipe list require this essential ingredient: bread rolls and koeksisters

It's worth noting, however, that these traditional Afrikaans treats are more commonly made with baking powder than yeast. Then again, perhaps Mzansi isn't only using yeast for baking, but brewing. Google reports there have been spikes in searches related to making homemade alcohol over the past seven days.

Here are the eight recipes that have been most-searched by South Africans from March 27 to April 7, according to Google:

  1. Malva pudding
  2. Fudge 
  3. Banana bread
  4. Scones
  5. Tuna pasta
  6. Chocolate brownies
  7. Koeksisters
  8. Bread rolls