Watch: ‘Taste it here!’ with Ruan Josh


By Jhua-Nine Wyrley-Birch

Ruan Josh is the second guest to visit the RNews kitchen for our very own and unique cooking show, Try it here!

Try it here! is an informal cooking program where African celebrities, legends and influentials come to make a recipe that is close to their hearts.

Ruan, a popular Afrikaans musician in his own right, is also the son of Juanita du Plessis and older brother of singer Franja du Plessis.

When he is not touring the country flat, this blue-eyed singer likes to be in the kitchen where he conjures up delicious dishes for loved ones.

In this episode, he makes an upside-down apple pie, which seems to be a favorite in the Du Plessis house. In addition, he reveals more about his love for cooking, as well as the special meaning behind his stage name.

Full episodes of this series can be seen on AfriForumTV, while guests’ recipes and a shorter episode with the highlights are available here on RNews.

What are you waiting for, come and taste here!

Ruan Josh’s reverse apple pie


  • 150 g of butter
  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 kg of sugar
  • 1 roll of puff pastry
  • pinch of salt
  • cashews
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • vanilla ice cream or whipped cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  2. Peel all the apples and cut them as you prefer – they can be large or smaller pieces.
  3. Roll out the dough so that it is about 8-10 mm thick.
  4. Chop or slice the nuts.
  5. Pour the sugar and butter into a pan over medium heat and stir gently every now and then until a nice caramel begins to form (you will see bubbles).
  6. Add the apple pieces and stir occasionally so that all the apples are covered with the caramel sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the nuts evenly on the apples and add the pinch of salt.
  8. Leave everything to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the apples soften.
  9. Remove the pan from the stove and place the dough on top of the apples. Make sure to fold the sides in nicely, as if it were a pie. Beware, the caramel sauce is blazing hot!
  10. Poke a few holes in the dough with a knife or fork so that the steam can escape in the oven.
  11. Spread the remaining butter on top of your dough with a brush or spoon.
  12. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the dough is nicely browned.
  13. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for approximately 15 to 20 min. Afterwards, loosen the sides of the dough with a knife so that nothing gets stuck when you turn it over.
  14. Place a wooden board or board of your choice upside down on the pan and turn the pan over with one even movement so that your dough is now at the bottom and your apples in the caramel sauce are at the top.
  15. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve with cream or ice cream.

Ruan’s tip:

Finely grate the apples if you don’t like the texture of warm, sliced ​​fruit.

  • Check out the here full episode on AfriForumTV.
  • Watch the shorter episode here: