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Bobotie_m591567Bobotie is one of South Africa’s best known traditional dishes. It has a sweet and spicy (as hot as you like it) taste. Bobotie is truly a must if you want to explore your South African palette.

1 cup of milk
1 slice of bread
2.5 pounds hamburger (minced beef)
1 chopped onion (medium size)
1/2 cup seedless raisins
3 teaspoons apricot jam
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup blanched almonds
2 teaspoons medium (or hot) curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cooking oil
4 bay leaves
3 eggs

1. Soak the bread in 1/2 cup milk and squeeze dry. Mix it with the hamburger.
2. Mix all the other ingredients in except the remaining milk, oil, eggs and bay leaves.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan and brown the meat mixture lightly.
4. Turn out into a casserole.
5. Beat eggs with remaining milk and pour over meat.
6. Garnish with bay leaves and bake at 350 F until set.
7. Serve with plain or yellow rice.

This dish is enough for 8 people.


Pumpkin Fritters

pumpkinfrittersPumpkin Fritters is a sweet favorite and goes well with curry dishes like Bobotie.
2 cups pumpkin*, cooked and mashed
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
butter or oil
sugar mixed with ground cinnamon (1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar)
lemon slices

1. Mix pumpkin*, egg, flour, baking powder and salt together.
2. Heat butter in a frying pan and drop in spoonfuls of mixture.
3. Fry on both sides until golden.
4. Serve hot, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and garnish with lemon slices.
*If pumpkin is watery, add more flour.

This dish is enough for 4 people.


Milk Tart (Our version of Custard Pie)

milktart2This is one of Rudi’s favorites! It can be enjoyed at tea-time, with a coffee break, or even as a dessert.

2.5 pounds of puff pastry
3 teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups boiling milk
4 teaspoons custard powder
4 teaspoons corn flour
6 teaspoons cake flour
4 table spoons cold milk
1 cup sugar
7 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon almond essence
cinnamon sugar (1 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed into 1/4 cup sugar)

1. Line 4 pie plates with pastry, making a raised edge for each.
2. Add butter, salt and cinnamon stick to boiling milk.
3. Mix custard powder, corn flour and flour to a paste with cold milk. Stir in a little hot milk mixture. Stir custard powder mixture into hot milk mixture, add 1/2 cup sugar and bring to the boil, stirring continually.
4. Remove from stove when thickened, and discard cinnamon stick.
5. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually beat in remaining sugar.
6. Beat egg yolks lightly and stir in a little custard mixture and add almond essence. Fold in egg whites.
7. Pour filling into pastry cases and bake at 400 F for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 350 F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Cool slightly and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

This recipe makes 4 milk tarts.


Coconut Clusters

clustersAnother one of Rudi’s favorites! It can be enjoyed at tea-time, with a coffee break or as a snack.
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of coco
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of margarine
3 cups of oats
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
1 cup of coconut

1. Simmer milk, coco, sugar and margarine for 5 minutes and remove from stove.
Do not cook longer than 5 minutes!
2. Add the oats, vanilla and coconut and stir.
3. Take teaspoon-fulls out and place them on wax paper to cool down.

Delicious snack that is easy and quick to make.


Apple Tart

appletartpar1This is one of Sharon’s favorites! It can be enjoyed at tea-time, with a coffee break, or even as a dessert.
1/4 cup of butter or margarine
2 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of self raising flour
1 can of unsweetened apples
1/4 cup of milk

3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
3/4 cup of evaporated milk or cream

1. Mix eggs and sugar together
2. Add milk and melted butter to mixture
3. Add flour and mix well
4. Pour into a big tart or cobbler-dish (The mixture is slack)
5. Decorate apples on top and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit

1. Cook sugar and evaporated milk (or cream) together for 5 minutes.
2. Add flavoring
3. Pour warm syrup over the tart.


Melkkos (Milk Custard Dumplings)

melkkosIn years past this dish was enjoyed by many South Africans. Traditionally known as “Melkkos” it was enjoyed by many.

1 Liter (Quart) of milk
Dumplings: (3/4 cup of flour, salt to taste, 3/4 cup of milk)
1 Teaspoon butter (not margarine)
sugar & cinnamon

1. Bring to boil milk & butter together slowly
2. Make dumplings by adding milk a teaspoon at a time to the flour and stir with a fork or finger until dumplings form in the flour. Do not use to much milk.
3. When the milk boils, mix in flour and dumplings and stir slowly as it cooks for 5 minutes.
4. Serve hot sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.