Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive!
Romany Creams, one of South Africans favourite tea time treats. A crunchy chocolate flavoured biscuit sandwich together with good quality chocolate. Traditionally it’s made round but I’ve made them into squares as well! It’s a hit with kids as well. Instead of sandwiching together with chocolate, finish with a colourful smartie on top. Use a drop of chocolate to paste the smartie in place.
Method: Cream the butter, sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy. Add the eggs. Mix well. Add the coco powder and stir to combine. Gradually add the self-raising flour & coconut. Mix by hand to make fairly stiff dough. Roll out dough to 2-3mm thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a fork, scrape lines over the dough to create a slightly rough texture. Cut out round shapes with a biscuit cutter. Transfer onto baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for approx 8-10minutes. Allow to the biscuits to cool on a wire rack. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Sandwich two biscuits together using the melted chocolate. Leave to set. Yields approximately 40 complete biscuits
Cook’s Tip: Place a piece of greaseproof paper or plastic wrap over the dough before rolling. This will prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
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Crunchy Caramel Cookies
Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
I developed this recipe after extensive research and I have to admit my children, who are my biggest critics, loved it.
250g soft butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsps caramel essence
2 large eggs
3 cups self-raising flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 cups caramel chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the caramel essence and eggs.
Sift in the self-raising flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix until the flour is incorporated with the butter mixture. Add the caramel chips and walnuts. Mix until combined. The dough will be a soft consistency.
Spoon a dessertspoon of the cookie mixture on to the baking trays and just let it drop off the spoon, you may want to use another spoon or you finger to push it off the spoon. The cookies will spread quite alot so leave lots of space in between .
Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. If you want a soft chewy cookie remove at 15 minutes if a crunchy cookie is required bake 5 minutes longer. Leave to cool on the baking tray, when completely cold move to a cooling rack. Makes about 36 cookies.
Chocolate biscuits made with oats, flour, coconut and topped with melted chocolate. This was one of the first biscuits I made as a teenager.
2 cups cake flour (plain flour)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut
250g soft butter
5ml bicarbonate of soda
25ml boiling water
25ml cocoa powder
25ml golden syrup
2 large eggs, beaten
To complete: 200g cooking chocolate
Combine flour, oats, sugar & coconut in a large mixing bowl.
Rub in butter with finger tips to resemble fine crumbs.
Pour boiling water over bicarbonate of soda, stir in cocoa powder and golden syrup.
Beat eggs well and combine all ingredients. Mix well to form soft dough.
Divide into approx. 30 small balls. Place on a baking tray and press flat with a fork.
Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 10-12 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack and dip the top of the biscuits in melted cooking chocolate.
Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. This biscuits last for up to a month if stored in an airtight container.
Crisp, sweet biscuits infused with a lovely combination of spices. Use a cookie cutter to press out shapes or alternatively roll the dough into “ropes” and shape in “S” shape.
3 x 250ml cups cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 & 1/2 cups brown sugar
175 g butter
3 large eggs
1 tsp red bol
Peanuts for decorating
Sift flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and spices except the red bol. Add sugar and mix. Rub butter into flour mixture with fingertips. Beat eggs, add to flour mixture and form a dough that can be rolled out. Mix the red bol into a third of the dough. Roll out the remaining dough on a lightly floured surface. Dot the dough with the red bol mixture and roll out again until approximately 5mm thick. Cut out cookie shapes with a heart cookie cutter. Place a half of peanut in the cenrer of the cookie. Transfer the cookies onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 180C for 10- 12 minutes. Loosen biscuits and cool on wire rack. Makes 80 biscuits.
Alternatively divide the doughty into half and mix one half with red bol. Roll out the dough into thin “ropes”. Place the two colours of dough and place it next to each other. Cut the dough into approximately 10 centimetres length wise and shape the dough into “S” shapes.
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This is so traditional in the Cape Malay community! It’s a tremendously popular cookie/biscuit.
Named after General J.B.M. Hertzog, the prime minister of the Union of South Africa, from 1924 to 1939. It was apparently his favourite cookie.
125g butter, softened
65ml vegetable/sunflower oil
500ml self raising flour
500ml cake / plain flour
drop vanilla essence
1 level teaspoon baking powder
Cream together egg, sugar, butter and oil until light and fluffy.
Mix in vanilla essence.
Sift in selfraising flour and cake flour and mix into creamed mixture to make a fairly stiff dough. roll out dough to 3 mm thick on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with flower shape biscuit cutter. Place on hertzoggie baking sheet. Place half teaspoons of coconut boiled with sugar and water. Bake at 200C for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Place half teaspoon apricot jam next to coconut before serving.
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