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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake


Salwaa’s No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

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A rich and creamy cheesecake to make during the holidays or just anytime to spoil family and friends.

Ingredients:

24 Oreo biscuits

4 tbsp of melted butter

250g cream cheese, at room temperature

6 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

2 x 250 ml of fresh cream, chilled

3 tsp gelatin, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of hot water

Method:

In a mixing bowl, finely crush 16 of the oreo biscuits. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Add it to the bottom of a 24 cm spring form pan. Press the biscuit mixture lightly down with the back of a spoon or spatula.

Add the cream to a mixing bowl and whip until it is thick. In another bowl add the cream cheese, vanilla essence and icing sugar. Mix until combined and creamy. Add the whipped cream as well as the gelatin.

Break 4 of the oreo biscuits into piece and fold it into the mixture.

Add the cream cheese mixture on top of the oreo base and smooth the top. Top it with the remaining oreo biscuits.

Refrigerate until set, 4 – hours or preferably overnight.

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Plum Tart


A cross between a cake and a tart, tastes delicious and looks much harder to make than it is. You may use peaches, apples, pears that’s in season. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Taste great on its own too!

Plum Tart

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Salwaa’s Plum Tart
You may use peaches, apples, pears etc..

Crust Ingredients:
1 large egg
125g soft butter/margarine
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup cake flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder

Method:
Using a large bowl mix the eggs sugar, softened butter and oil together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence, mix. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well to form a dough.

Line a 20cm pie dish or any oven proof dish with half of the pastry. Left over pastry can be frozen or you can use it to make herzoggies.

Blind bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes.

Slice 6-8 plums in half and remove the stone, then cut each half into 6 slices so you should get 12 slices per plum. If you can’t remove the stone, just carefully cut around it.

Mix the sliced plums with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 teaspoon fine cinnamon.

Arrange the sliced plums on top of the pastry and bake further for about 35 minutes.

When cooled dust with icing sugar.

Serve with fresh whipped cream or custard or enjoy as is.

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Summer Fruit Salad


Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit. In different forms, fruit salad can be served as an appetiser, a side salad, or a dessert with a dollop of fresh cream, yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. It is also a delicious, cheap dessert which serves many people depending on the amount of fruit used.

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Common fruits used in fruit salads include strawberries, pineapple, sweet melon, watermelon, grapes, and kiwifruit, pawpaw, orange, satsuma or any fruit that take your fancy.

I used the following fruit:

1/2 pineapple

1/2 pawpaw

1/2 mango

2 pears

1 cup of mixed green and black grapes

2 kiwi fruits

3 apricots

2 peaches

1 banana

2 satsumas

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Method:

Prepare the fruit with a small knife, preferably a serrated knife

Peel the fruit, I left the skin on of the peaches

Carefully remove any pips or stones

Half the grapes

Cut all the fruit into even cubes

Carefully layer or add all the fruit into a suitable bowl, I started with the hard fruit first

Squeeze half a lemon over the fruit, especially the bananas to prevent discolouration

Pour the orange and pineapple juices over the fruit

Drizzle the honey over the fruit

Gently mix all the fruit together, cover with a plate of plastic wrap

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or longer, before serving

This salad is tastier the longer you can let it soak in its juices. I prefer 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator before I serve it. Enjoy.

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Rille Gebak


Rille Gebak is similar to spiced doughnuts made into a distinctive diamond shape. The texture inside is moist and soft whilst the outside is crispy. Rille Gebak can be dipped in sugar syrup or dipped in cinnamon sugar. I dipped mine in cinnamon sugar. My Aunty Labeba kindly shared her recipe with me, I only made half of the recipe and got out approximately 25 rille Gebak. She tells me the last time she made it was when my grandfather was alive!

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Rille Gebak

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar

200g butter

4 Tbsp oil

2 large eggs

500g self-raising flour (small packet)

Pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp fine ginger

2 tsp fine cardamom

2 tsp fine cinnamon

2 tsp fine naartjie peel (dried satsuma peel) see cook’s note below

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 – 1¼ cup milk

Oil for deep frying

Cook’s tip

You may use brown sugar or yellow sugar

I keep all my naartjie peels, dry in the air fryer or oven then grind in a spice grinder.

As a guide, I only use 250ml measuring cups

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Rafiekah Jardine says; “I had this at least 30 years ago when my great aunt, ghalati (I really should find out what her name was) made them.”

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Sticky Date Pudding


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Malaysian Pudding


This is a delicious and refreshing pudding to enjoy on a hot summers day!

I’m not sure where this recipe originated from, if anyone can shed some light please comment below. I’m thinking this recipe was created because the pudding feeds a lot of people using inexpensive ingredients. What do you think?

This pudding is made using flavoured yoghurt, condensed milk, dessert cream (in the tin), tinned fruit. Fresh fruit is also used.

Here’s my take on this popular Cape Malay Malaysian Pudding.

Malaysian Pudding – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

A refreshing quick and easy dessert. End your dinner party with this no fuss treat. Use any flavour yoghurt and canned fruit combination. Cocktail canned fruit can also be used for a burst of fruit when eating. For a sweeter taste add one or two tablespoons condensed milk, to taste. This recipe serves 6 but you can easily double it to cater for more people.

Ingredients:

500ml yoghurt

2 or more Tbsp condensed milk (to taste)

1 x 155g tin dessert cream

1 x 410g canned fruit of choice

2 Tbsp pistachio nuts

250ml fresh cream

Fresh fruit,

Method:

Drain the canned fruit. Using a large mixing bowl, stir the dessert cream to loosen it up. Add the yoghurt, start by adding 2 tablespoons condensed milk then add more if you want a sweeter taste, drained canned fruit and nuts. Whisk the fresh cream in a separate bowl until double in volume. Fold the cream into the yoghurt mixture. Transfer into a serving dish and refrigerate until needed. Garnish with fresh fruit and extra pistachio nuts, optional.

For this pudding I used mango and apple yoghurt as well as guava canned fruit. I also added chopped a banana and strawberries for extra flavour. Makes 6 servings.

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Refreshing Malaysian Pudding

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Chocolate Trifle


Salwaa’s Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

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This stunning Chocolate Trifle is the perfect quick and easy dessert! It can feed a crowd, be made ahead of time and requires almost zero effort. This really is a dessert for chocolate lovers, use chocolate Swiss roll, chocolate brownies or any other chocolate cake. Add a handful of nuts for extra decants.

Ingredients:
Chocolate cake slices
Or
6 chocolate muffins, sliced
1 litre milk
2 Tbsp custard powder
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 – 3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup fresh cream
Grated chocolate

whipped fresh cream, raspberries, strawberries or fresh cherries for decorating.

Method:

In a large bowl suitable for use in the microwave, mix the custard, cocoa and sugar with one cup of milk until the sugar and cocoa has dissolved.

Add the rest of the milk, stir and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir

Return the bowl to the microwave for about 10 minutes, giving the mixture a good stir every 2 minutes.

Remove from the microwave, cover the top of the custard with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Cool completely.

Layer chocolate cake in a glass bowl. Pour the cooled custard on top of the cake. Add another layer of cake followed by the custard.

Whisk the fresh cream and pipe or spread it over the custard.

Garnish with fresh raspberries, strawberries or cherries. Grate chocolate over and enjoy. This trifle can also be made the day before. Make in individual bowls ready to be served.

Chocolate Trifle

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Brownie Cheesecake


Brownie Cheesecake

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Love brownies? Love cheesecake? Now, you can have both at the same time! This is a baked cheesecake with a brownie mixture as the base. Absolutely divine.

For the brownie base you will need:

100g chocolate

50g butter

Melt over a double boiler and allow to cool

1/3 cup cake / plain flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Sieve and set aside

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 large egg

Cream together and fold into the cooled butter and chocolate mixture

Fold in flour/ cocoa

Spray a 18cm loose bottom tin (spring form tin) with spray and cook and pour the brownie mixture in. Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.

For the filling you will need:

600g smooth cream cheese

3/4 cup castor sugar

2 Tbsp cake flour 

1 tsp vanilla essence 

Finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon

1 & 1/2 tsp lemon juice

2 large eggs 

1/2 cup Greek yoghurt 

Topping:

Whipped fresh cream 

 Fruit of choice

Method:

Mix the cream cheese, castor sugar until smooth. When the cream cheese is smooth add the yoghurt, vanilla essence an lemon rind. Add the eggs 1 at a time mixing gently after each egg has been added. Mix well until the eggs have incorporated into the mixture. Grease the sides of the tin with the brownies . Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the base. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 140°C and bake for a further 60 minutes more. Turn the oven off, leaving the cheesecake in the oven with the oven door slightly ajar until the cheesecake has cooled down. 

Refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Remove the cheesecake from the spring form tin before serving and decorate with whipped cream and  fruit of choice.

to remove the cheesecake, run a round-bladed knife around the sides of the tin to loosen any stuck edges. Unlock the side, slide the cheesecake off the bottom of the tin onto a serving plate.

Cook’s Tips:

  1. ALL THE INGREDIENTS NEED TO BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  2. BAKING TEMPERATURE DETERMINES THE TEXTURE
  3. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER BAKE
  4. CHILL WELL BEFORE SLICING AND SERVING

TIPS FOR A BETTER CHEESECAKE

Mix gently. Don’t be tempted to mix ingredients at a high speed or to use a whisk attachment instead of a paddle attachment in an effort to get rid of lumps. This aerates the batter and can ruin that cake’s final texture.  Starting with softened cream cheese and being patient while mixing on low speed is the best way to ensure a smooth filling.

Scrape down the bowl after mixing in each ingredient. When mixing the ingredients together the consistency starts off quite thick with the cream cheese and thins out with the addition of each ingredient. The batter that sticks to the sides of the bowl—and hides in the bottom of the bowl—needs to be scraped down completely so it combines evenly. If the bowl isn’t scraped consistently, the batter will be lumpy.

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Salwaa’s Tiramisu


Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made of ladyfingers soaked in strong black coffee, arranged in layers and filled with a cream made with mascarpone and eggs. Tiramisu is one of the most famous Italian desserts in the world, it’s delicious and easy to make.

Make a large tiramisu or into individual serving dishes for convenient serving at your next party.

Ingredients:
1 cup strong black coffee
18 – 20 sponge finger biscuits
250g mascarpone cheese
284ml fresh cream
2 medium eggs
4 tablespoons caster sugar
50g plain chocolate, grated
3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Method:
Lightly grease a 900g loaf tin. Line with cling film. Using a shallow dish, dip the finger biscuits in the coffee.
Arrange soaked finger biscuits, sugar side on the outside, vertically along the long sides of the tin.
Whip the cream until soft peaks.
Add the cheese. Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick, fold into the cream and cheese mixture.

Mix together the chocolate and cocoa powder.
Scatter a third of the chocolate into the tin, top with half cream mixture.
Trim finger biscuits, add the trimmings to the cream
Top with half of the remaining chocolate, remaining cream and finish with a layer of the rest of the chocolate.
Chill for at least 3 hours or better still overnight.
Invert tin onto a serving plate and peel away the cling film. Serve chilled.

Tiramisu

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Peppermint Cheesecake


Peppermint Cheesecake by @Salwaa Smith | Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Wow your family and friends this holiday season with our Peppermint Caramel Cheesecake.

We’ve taken the South African classic peppermint pudding a notch higher by turning it into a delicious cheesecake.

Best of all, my cheesecake can be made in advance, meaning there’s one less thing to do on the day you’re entertaining. My recipe makes a 20cm cheesecake or 20 cheesecake shots.

Cook’s Note: Cheesecakes can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. For even more convenience, make or bake a cheesecake weeks in advance and freeze it! Here’s how you do it, place a whole cheesecake or individual slices on a baking sheet; freeze until firm. Wrap the slices or whole cheesecake in plastic wrap and place in a resealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.Defrost whole cheesecakes in the refrigerator overnight.Individual pieces can be defrosted in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Perfect if you’re planning on feeding a crowd!

Peppermint Cheesecake

Ingredients Needed:

Biscuits for the base. If you in South Africa you may use Tennis biscuits. You can also use Nice Biscuits, Tea Biscuits, Digestives or any similar type of biscuits.

Butter Caramel

Cream Cheese

Fresh Cream

Peppermint Chocolate

Peppermint Essence

20cm loose bottom tin or 20 shot glasses

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Peppermint Cheesecake

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