This is my favourite go to recipe when making a chocolate cake. It is so easy to make, very versatile, taste good and can be decorated as simply or elaborately as you wish. This recipe makes a 20cm two layer round cake and can be doubled if a larger cake is required. Taste good with plain butter cream, whipped fresh cream, ganache or just about any frosting.
3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cake flour
In a large mixing bowl and using an electric beater mix together the egg yolk, sugar, water and oil until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the dry ingredients and fold it into the wet ingredients.
Use a clean, dry bowl and whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff. Fold the stiff egg whites into the cake mixture. Divide into 2 well greased round (20cm) baking tins and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for approximately 15-20 minutes. Decorate with cream, butter cream, icing sugar, etc…
How To Make Ganache
200g good-quality dark chocolate , about 60% cocoa solids
284ml fresh cream
Pour the cream into a pan and heat until it is about to boil.
Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Allow ganache to cool before pouring over cakes as a glaze.
Stew or bredie as it is known in South Africa usually consists of mutton or lamb pieces cooked with various fresh vegetables. Bredies are traditional Cape Malay food which is simple and inexpensive to cook, especially when feeding large families.
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
600g mutton or lamb pieces
1kg pumpkin, peeled and cubed
3 stick cinnamons
½ crushed dried red chillies
1-2 green chillies
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
Water as needed
Heat oil in a large saucepan and braise onions until golden brown, 5-10. Add washed and drained meat. Braise until dark brown, 10-15 minutes. Add salt, chillies, stick cinnamon and enough water; simmer until meat is nearly tender, 15 – 20 minutes. Add pumpkin and simmer until pumpkin is soft and mushy about 15 minutes. Add sugar, stirring gently to dissolve. Serves 6
Saucy Tiger Prawns – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
Quick and easy way of cooking prawns, this recipe can also be used for crayfish tails. Marinade the night before.Ingredients:
18 extra large tiger prawns (approximately 1kg)
1 Tbsp seafood masala (I used the one of Simply Spice)
1/4 cup Nandos lemon & herb sauce
1/4 cup peri-peri Spur sauce
1 Tbsp tomato sauce (optional) #capemalaycooking
Slit the prawn on top half way threw and devein, wash and allow all the water to drain off in a colander. Rub seafood masala in each prawn. Marinade for a few hours or better still overnight in the fridge. Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
Mix together the sauces and pour over the prawns and cook a further 10 minutes. Serve with lemon rice.
4 cups cooked rice, preferably long grain or basmati
2 tsp coriander / koljana seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
8 curry leaves
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 ½ tsp turmeric / borrie
Juice of 2 lemons
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