How To Make Homemade Bread

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Here I share with you my homemade bread recipe. Traditionally homemade bread was made every Sunday in most households for a light supper in the evening. I serve my bread with corned beef, polony, cheese or left over Sunday roast.

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Ingredients:
4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsps yeast
3 tbsp oil
1½ – 2 cups lukewarm water

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Tuna Breyani

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Salwaa’s Tuna Breyani

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Ingredients:
2 cups long grain rice
2-3 tins of tuna
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup vegetable oil
3 potatoes
2 large onions, sliced thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped
¼ cup buttermilk
1 – 2 green chillies, chopped
1 ½ tsp jeera / cumin
3 cloves
3 allspice
3 cardamoms
2 stick cinnamons
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp fish masala
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
½ – 1 tsp chilli powder
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 tsp turmeric / borrie

Method:
Boil the rice in water until half done. Drain, rinse and set aside. Peel the potatoes, cut into slices. Heat the oil in saucepan, fry the potatoes until lightly browned and semi soft, set aside. Drain excess oil from the saucepan, add the chopped onions, fry until golden brown. Add the chopped tomato, buttermilk, green chillies, jeera, cloves, allspice, cardamoms, stick cinnamon and salt. Simmer over low to medium heat for 10 minutes or until onions are soft.

Meanwhile, combine all the spices with the lemon juice in a small bowl, stir to combine. Pour over tuna. Arrange the potato slices at the bottom of a large heavy based pot / saucepan. Add half of the rice on top of the potatoes, spreading it evenly.

Arrange the tuna with the masala on top of the rice on top of the rice, then the onion mixture, then the mixed vegetables ending with the remaining rice. Dot the butter on top of the rice add 1 cup of hot water.

Cover and steam to complete over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving with lemon atchar or blatjang.

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Sponge Flan

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It is summertime and we are blessed with the best and juiciest fruit. Naturally sweet and full of flavour, fruit makes the perfect addition to cakes and desserts.

Ingredients:
3 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp milk, boiled and cooled down
3 Tbsp cooking oil
1 cup cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
Butter and extra flour for greasing the tins

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Grease 2 small or 1 large flan tin with butter and sprinkle flour over the butter for easy removal of the flan,
In a dry and clean mixing bowl beat the eggs white till stiff.

In a separate mixing bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar.

Mix until creamy and the sugar has dissolved.

Add the oil to the milk and stir into the egg mixture.

Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix well.

Fold in the egg whites.

Divide into the 2 small greased flan tins or 1 large flan tin.

Bake for 10 minutes in the pre-heated oven.

Cool slightly in the tin before removing.

Leave to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before decorating.

Fill with thick home made custard, whipped cream or caramel. Top with fresh fruit.

Serve immediately.

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Malva Pudding

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Deliciously moist pudding, serve with custard or enjoy on its own. Makes one large pudding or divide into ramekins. 
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups milk

2 tsp brown vinegar

2 Tbsp smooth apricot jam

2 Tbsp butter

2 cups cake flour,(plain) sifted

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Method:

Preheat oven to 180° Celsius. Cream together sugar, jam and eggs. Melt butter and add vinegar add this to the sugar and egg mixture. Add the milk, flour and bicarb, mix well to combine all the ingredients. Pour into a pyrex dish (or something similar) and bake for 45 – 60 minutes. If you using ramekins the time will be considerably shorter. You’ll know its baked when the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and pour the warm sauce over. Makes 6 – 8
TO MAKE THE SAUCE:

1 cup milk

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup sugar

3 teaspoons butter

1 teaspoon caramel essence

Melt all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat an pour over the cake.

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OR USE THIS RECIPE FOR A CREAMY SAUCE

250ml Cream

125ml butter

125ml sugar

125ml water/Orange juice

Melt together as per above sauce and pour over warm pudding

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Pineapple Chicken

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Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and tangy, flavourful tropical chicken for a quick and easy meal. Prepare beforehand and pop in the oven for a lovely alternative to Sunday roast.

Tropical Pineapple Chicken
Tropical Pineapple Chicken

 

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Ingredients:

1 chicken, skin off and cut into 8 pieces

1 tin canned pineapple rings (440g)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 Tbsp cooking oil

Fresh chopped dhanya/coriander/cilantro

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Method:

In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, juice of canned pineapple, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, paprika and salt . Reserve a quarter of the sauce and set aside.

 

Using a Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine the sauce mixture and chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator, turning the bag occasionally.

 

Combine the pineapple rings and brown sugar.

 

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

 

Transfer the chicken, with the marinade, into an oven proof dish. Cook the chicken, uncovered, for about 45 minutes turning half way through. Pour the remaining reserved sauce and arrange the pineapple rings on top of the chicken. Return to the oven and grill for about 5 – 10 minutes until the pineapple rings are light golden in colour.

 

Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped dhanya. Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

Cook’s Tip

Use fresh pineapple and half a cup of pineapple juice instead of the canned pineapple rings.

BBQ (braai) the chicken pieces instead of cooking in the oven.

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Mutton Akhni

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Akhni is basically a rice and curry dish which have been made into one. Mutton, lamb or chicken pieces are made into a dish very similar to curry and topped with rice. Basmati or long grain rice is best to use for this dish as with all rice dishes. Akhni is very often served at large gatherings and sometimes made over an open fire (BBQ). The taste of akhni made over an open fire changes completely in comparison to one made on an electric or gas stove. There are different versions of akhni available e.g. akhni is made in most Asian countries and varies by region. Here I share my version of Cape Malay akhni which is served with dhai, tomato and onion salad or various atchars.

Mutton Akhni
Mutton Akhni

 

Ingredients:
1kg mutton/lamb pieces
6 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
1 heaped tsp of saffron
3 large onions, finely chopped
50g butter or margarine
1 cup buttermilk
1 large whole fresh green chilli, slit open
1 Tbsp garlic and ginger paste
1/2 cup chopped fresh dhanya
2 & 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
2 & 1/2 tsp red leaf masala/roasted masala
2 tsp ground jeera/cumin
2 tsp ground coriander/koljana
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric/borrie
4 – 5 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 tsp jeera seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 bay leaves
6 cardamom pods, slit open
4 pieces of stick cinnamon
6 all-spices
6 cloves

Method
Wash the mutton pieces, drain and set aside. Boil the potatoes in a little water, till half-cooked but still firm. Infuse the saffron in 1 cup of boiling water and set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and fry 1 chopped onion in the butter and set aside.

Place the mutton pieces in a large mixing bowl and add the buttermilk, green chilli, garlic and ginger paste, dhania, salt, red leaf masala, ground jeera, ground coriander, chilli powder, and turmeric. Mix thoroughly, ensuring that all of the mutton pieces are covered in the marinade. Set aside for 1 hour.

Rinse the rice in a colander, drain and place in a large pot on medium to high heat. Add water to reach halfway and add 1 teaspoon salt. Boil till half-cooked (the rice grains should be firm). Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain and set aside.
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Heat a large pot on medium to high heat, add the oil. Add the jeera seeds, mustard seeds, bay leaves, cardamom seeds, all-spices,cloves and cinnamon. Stir-fry for 1 minute then add the remaining chopped chopped and braise till golden in colour. Add the marinated mutton pieces along with the marinade, the 1 cup of water and simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes, or till the meat is tender and cooked. Add more water if the meat becomes to dry.

Arrange the potatoes between the mutton pieces and spoon the rice directly on top. Pour the fried onion with the melted butter over the rice, and lastly pour the cup of water containing saffron plus 1 more cup of boiling water over the rice and onions. Turn the plate on high for 5 minutes, then lower it to low. Steam, covered, for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off, leave to “rest” for 10 minutes before serving with dhai and tomato & onion salad.

Note: All akhnis and breyanis should be dished from the bottom up.
Variation: The mutton may be substituted with lamb or chicken pieces (thigh, drumstick, wing and breast,) and prepared in exactly the same manner. Cooking time however will be less if using chicken or lamb. Note that the breast portion should be halved 🙂

How to make to tomato and onion salad 

How to make to dhai

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Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

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Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
Use the summer fruit which is in abundance now in South Africa, to decorate your cakes and bakes.

Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake
Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup castor sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
300 ml fresh cream, whipped
Fresh or canned fruit of choice to decorate
Melted chocolate, optional
Roasted dessicated coconut for the sides, optional
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Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 2 x 20cm baking tin with butter and dust the baking tins with flour or line the tins with greaseproof paper.

Cream eggs, sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla essence. Add flour and baking powder and stir well. Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency. Pour into prepared tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done. Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely. Sandwich the cakes together with smooth apricot jam or lemon curd, chopped peaches and some of the whipped cream. Spread the remaining cream over the top and sides, decorate with fresh or canned fruit.
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Custard Tart

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Custard Tart – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Creamy custard tart baked in a shortbread tart case and topped with ground (fine) cinnamon or alternatively top with grated nutmeg. Delicious eaten warm or cold.

Custard Tart
Custard Tart

 

Short bread base for milk tart

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

l level teaspoon baking powder

Shortbread Tart Base
Shortbread Tart Base

 

Using a large bowl mix the egg, 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 with approximately half of the pastry. The pastry should be as thin as possible with no holes. Left over pastry can be frozen or you can use it to make herzoggies. Refrigerate whilst preparing the custard filling.

 

Filling:

3 cups of milk (semi-skimmed or full cream)

3 heaped Tbsp custard powder

3 extra large eggs

½ cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Extra ½ tsp ground cinnamon to sprinkle over the custard tart when baked.

 

Dissolve the custard powder in the milk. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. This should take about 5 minutes on high speed with an electric beater. Add the vanilla essence and cinnamon. Gradually add the milk and custard mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well to combine. Pour the liquid into the prepared pie crust. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 – 40 minutes. Leave to cool, sprinkle the extra ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon over the top. Slice and enjoy. Makes 1 x 20cm round custard tart.

Custard Tart
Custard Tart

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Chicken Burgers

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Homemade, no preservatives. Make a batch and freeze it for when you have a braai or for when it’s school holidays. You’ll get approximately 18 burgers from a kilogram of chicken mince.

Chicken Kebabs Top Row
Chicken Kebabs Top Row

Ingredients:
1kg fresh chicken mince
3 large onions, finely grated
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp minced green chillies or to taste
1 heaped Tbsp jeera/cumin powder
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 bunch dhanya, finely chopped

Chicken Burgers
Chicken Burgers

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavours to develop. Next day shape the mixture into burgers or use a burger shaper. Separate the burgers with round pieces of greaseproof paper, big enough to cover the whole burger. Freeze until needed.
This mixture can also be used to make chicken kebabs. Pre-bake for about 6 minutes in the oven to hold the shape before putting the kebabs on the braai. Cook from frozen.

 

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Coffee Cake

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Love coffee? Then you will love this soft and moist coffee cake . Relax and enjoy a slice of coffee cake with your favourite mug of coffee. Makes 1 x 20cm round cake.

Coffee Cake
Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Ingredients:
3/4 cup caster sugar
150g butter
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup self raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons instant coffee
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For the icing:
225g icing sugar
100g butter
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water

Method:
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, and grease two equally sized sandwich tine. Add the sugar and the butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and a pale cream.

Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork and then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tablespoon of flour each time. Make sure you don’t use all the flour.

Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder to the mixture and fold it in gently.

Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and add to the mixture still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile cream the butter and the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve the coffee in boiling water, making sure you don’t add too much water or the icing will be runny and add it to the butter and icing sugar. Whisk and leave in the fridge until the cake is done.

Once the cakes are done and cooled completely sandwich together with half of the icing. Spread the remaining icing on top of the cake. Decorate with cherries, walnuts, grated chocolate, etc.

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Curry Night

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My family loves curry, so for a treat I made 3 types of curry. I made deboned lamb curry, dhal and vegetable curry to cater for my vegetarian daughter.  Served with roti and white rice. I we also had shop bought poppadoms, onion & tomato sambal and dhai with it.

Trio of Curry
Trio of Curry

Lamb Curry

Ingredients:
Serves 4 
500g lamb pieces (deboned)
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
About 5cm fresh ginger, finely chopped
1½ teaspoons ground jeera/cumin
1½ teaspoonground koljana/coriander
3 stick cinnamons
5 cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon tumeric
2 green chillies, chopped (you can add more chillies if you like it hot)
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 medium potatoes, halved
Chopped green dhanya for garnish
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Method:
Wash and drain meat. Heat oil in a large pot add the cinnamon and cardamom. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped onions braise until light brown and the onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add spices and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes until spices are well blended. Add meat and cook over low heat until meat are cooked, about 30 – 40 minutes, adding water if necessary. Add tomato and cook a further 10 minutes. Add chopped potatoes and enough water and cook until potatoes are tender, adding more water if a thinner gravy is desired. Garnish with chopped dhanya. Serve wth Roti or braised rice. Serve with atchar or onion & tomato sambal.

Lamb Curry
Lamb Curry

Tarka Dhal
Tarka dhal is a very popular Indian and Pakistani dish.1 cup red lentils (dhal)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp turmeric
2 green chilies, chopped
1½ tsp salt
For the tarka
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp onion seeds / powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 medium tomato, choppedFor the garnish
1 tbsp chopped fresh dhanya
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Soak the dhal in cold water to cover for half an hour. Rinse until the water runs clear. Transfer the soaked dhal to a deep saucepan. Add 2 ½ cups water, grated ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt and chopped chillies. Boil for 20 minutes or until soft and the has the consistency of creamy soup. Add more water if needed. Keep warm.

Heat the oil in a heavy pan. Add the chopped onion with the mustard and onion seeds, red chilli and tomato and fry for 4 – 5 minutes over medium heat.

Spoon the cooked into a serving dish and pour the tarka over. Stir lightly. Garnish with fresh dhanya, green chillies and mint. Serve immediately with boiled rice.

Tarka Dhal
Tarka Dhal

Vegetable Curry
You can use any fresh vegetables in season for this recipe.Ingredients
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin/jeera seeds
½ tsp coriander/koljana seeds
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp crushed ginger
1 – 2 green chillies
3 curry leaves
1 Tbsp roasted masala
½ tsp turmeric/ borrie
1 tsp salt
¼ – ½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 small cauliflower, broken into florets ( or half cauliflower and half broccoli)
1 small courgette, sliced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
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Method:
Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot. Fry all the seeds for 1 to 2 minutes until they began to splutter. Add the onion and curry leaves and fry for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the spices, mix and fry for another 5 minutes adding water if necessary.
Then add all the vegetables and 1 cup of water. Cook over medium high for a few minutes before turning the heat to low. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve with flat bread, roti and garnished with curry leaves. Serves 4

Mix Vegetable Curry
Mix Vegetable Curry

Boiled White Rice
Boiled White Rice

Poppadoms
Poppadoms

Curry Night
Curry Night

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Homemade Fudge

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Homemade Fudge
Homemade Fudge

Here is an easy recipe for fudge. Get all you ingredients / equipment ready beforehand and make sure you won’t be disturbed for 30 – 45 minutes whilst making this fudge as it needs your constant attention. These fudge are perfect for gifting.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups white sugar
4 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 can condensed milk (497g)
1/4 cup cold water

Method:
Place all the ingredients in a heavy bottom saucepan. Melt on a low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil. Turn up the heat slightly, low – medium, and allow the mixture to cook for 10 minutes, still stirring all the time to prevent it from burning. It will burn very quickly if the heat is too high. Remove the mixture tone it urns to a light caramel colour. Beat until thick. Pour into a square baking tin lined with greaseproof paper or silicone moulds. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares or removing it from the silicone moulds. Serve plain or decorate with melted chocolate. Store in an airtight container. Makes 64 when made in the moulds.

Cook’s tip:
To make caramel fudge substitute the vanilla essence with caramel essence and the condensed milk with caramel.

 

 

Homemade Fudge
Homemade Fudge

 
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Kolwyntjies

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Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)
Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)

Nowadays kolwyntjies are better known as cupcakes, kolwyntjies were baked for special occasion topped with a spread of icing and topped with hundreds and thousands or eaten plain.

Shukran / tramekasie / thank you Grandma Soraya for the recipe 😉

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Creating memories, today my granddaughters helped me baked kolwyntjies!

Maryam & Thanaa
May Allah bless them always, Ameen

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Makes 24

Ingredients:

100g softened butter

3 Tbsp cooking oil

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

 

Method:

Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter, oil and sugar together. Mix in the eggs one at a time.

Fold in the self-raising flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla essence.

Pour the mixture into 24 cupcake cases or into 2 well-greased (grease with butter and dust with flour) muffin tins.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 – 20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack completely before decorating.

Kolwyntjies
Kolwyntjies

 

Frosting:

1 ¼ cup icing sugar

2 Tbsp butter

3 tsp hot water

Food colouring as desired

Mix all the ingredients together. Divide into small bowls and add the food colouring. Spread a spoonful over the cakes, sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and top with a sweet, chocolate or candy.

Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes :)
Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes 🙂

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Patterned Swiss Roll

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Patterned Swiss roll – my daughter, Tohierah, saw this idea on the internet and decided to make this cake. You can virtually use any design. Draw a design on a piece of paper and use it as a guideline. Try making hearts, giraffe patterns, flowers, lace patterns, dots, etc…

Ingredients For The Pattern

3 Tbsp (50g) unsalted butter, softened

⅓ cup icing sugar, sifted

2 large eggs whites

4 Tbsp cake flour, sifted

food colouring as required

Method:

Cream together butter and icing then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined. Colour as desired. Get your template and put baking paper on top of it in a baking tray and copy the design using the coloured batter. Freeze the design in the tray till its hard to the touch. Depending on the pattern you using this batter should be enough for 2 Swiss rolls patterns.

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Use any pattern for your design

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Place baking paper over your design

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Coloured batter used for this design

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Completed pattern – freeze until hard

 

Ingredients For The Sponge Cake

3 large eggs, separated

80g caster sugar

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melt

4 tbsp cake flour, sifted

½ tsp vanilla essence

 ½ tsp cream of tartar
Prepare a wet towel to use once the Swiss roll has been baked.

Wet a kitchen towel
Wet a kitchen towel

Method For The Swiss Roll:

Separate the egg whites from yolks in two bowls

In the bowl with the egg whites add half the sugar and cream of tartar

Mix the egg whites with an electric mixer till soft peaks form don’t over mix you will know its ready when the peaks hold its shape but the mixture is still quite soft

In the bowl with the egg yolks add the remaining sugar and mix this till its fluffy and creamy

Then fold egg white mixture with egg yellow mixture in three stages to ensure you don’t knock out all the air that was created
Once its all combined put half your flour in the cake batter as well as half the melted butter fold it in in a figure of eight to ensure all the air is kept in the batter

Swiss Roll Batter
Swiss Roll Batter

Do that again with the rest of the flour, rest of the butter and vanilla essence till everything is combined
Take the frozen pattern out the freezer and pour the Swiss roll cake mixture evenly over the pattern

Pour the batter on top of the frozen design
Pour the batter on top of the frozen design

Pop the tray into the preheated oven at 180 degrees for seven minutes
Remove the cake from the oven, trim the edges whilst in the pan still

Trim the edges
Trim the edges

Flip the Swiss roll onto a damp tea towel ensuring that the pattern of the cake is facing down

Flip the Swiss Roll onto the wet towel
Flip the Swiss Roll onto the wet towel

Roll it up and allow to cool

Roll it in the towel
Roll it in the towel

Unfold when cool and fill as desired and re-roll

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Filled with cream, multi colour heart design

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Multi colour dots design

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Filled with strawberries & cream

Patterned Swiss Roll

Ingredients For The Pattern

3 Tbsp (50g) unsalted butter, softened

⅓ cup icing sugar, sifted

2 large eggs whites

4 Tbsp cake flour, sifted

Food colouring as required

Method:

Cream together butter and icing then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined. Colour as desired. Get your template and put baking paper on top of it in a baking tray and copy the design using the coloured batter. Freeze the design in the tray till it’s hard to the touch. Depending on the pattern you using this batter should be enough for 2 Swiss rolls patterns.

 

Ingredients For The Sponge Cake

3 large eggs, separated

80g caster sugar

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melt

4 Tbsp cake flour, sifted

½ tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp cream of tartar

Prepare a wet towel to use once the Swiss roll has been baked.

Method For The Swiss Roll:

Separate the egg whites from yolks in two bowls

In the bowl with the egg whites add half the sugar and cream of tartar

Mix the egg whites with an electric mixer till soft peaks form don’t over mix you will know it’s ready when the peaks hold its shape but the mixture is still quite soft

In the bowl with the egg yolks add the remaining sugar and mix this till its fluffy and creamy

Then fold egg white mixture with egg yellow mixture in three stages to ensure you don’t knock out all the air that was created

Once it’s all combined put half your flour in the cake batter as well as half the melted butter fold it in in a figure of eight to ensure all the air is kept in the batter

Do that again with the rest of the flour, rest of the butter and vanilla essence till everything is combined

Take the frozen pattern out the freezer and pour the Swiss roll cake mixture evenly over the pattern

Pour the batter on top of the frozen design

Pop the tray into the preheated oven at 180 degrees for seven minutes

Remove the cake from the oven, trim the edges whilst in the pan still

Flip the Swiss roll onto a damp tea towel ensuring that the pattern of the cake is facing down

Roll it up and allow to cool

Unfold when cool and fill as desired and re-roll.

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Fancies

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FANCIES

Fancies are sponge cakes cut into squares, dipped in diluted jam and rolled in coconut. Fancies can be decorated in a variety of styles and with different toppings to suit the occasion. Fancies are usually served on special occasions e.g.:  Eid, Weddings, Doopmaals, etc…

This recipe makes 20 – 24 cakes depending on the size of the squares you cut your cake into.

Fancies
Ingredients:
1 cup castor sugar
4 eggs
1 cup cooking oil
5 ml vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

For the coating:
3 tablespoons smooth apricot or strawberry jam
1 cup hot water
1 cup desiccated coconut
Whipped fresh cream
Fresh fruit of choice, well-drained canned fruit will also work

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Grease a 30x20cm baking tin with butter or oil.
  • Cover the bottom of the baking tin with greaseproof paper to prevent the cake sticking to the baking tin,
  • Cream eggs, castor sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved.
  • Add vanilla essence.
  • Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
  • Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency.
  • Pour into prepared tin.
  • I always knock my baking tin a couple of times on a flat surface to even the batter out as well as to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done.
  • Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely.
  • Remove greaseproof paper.
  • Cut the cake into squares.

To complete the cakes:

  • Mix the jam and hot water together until the jam has dissolved.

 

  • Put the coconut into a little bowl.

 

  • Lightly dip the cakes one at a time into the jam water, do not drench.

Dip the cakes in the jam mixture
Dip the cakes in the jam mixture

  • Roll the cakes in the coconut to cover completely.

Roll the cakes in the coconut

  • Using a piping bag , pipe a border or cover the top of the cakes with whipped cream. 

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  • Decorate with fresh or drained canned fruit.

Completed Fancies
Completed Fancies

How To Make Fancies Step-by-Step Tutorial

 

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Arabian Breyani

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Arabian Breyani

 

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons onion, choppel
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch saffron or turmeric
Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
1½ pounds boneless lamb, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked basmati rice, stirred with a pinch of saffron or turmeric

Garnish
2 tablespoons shredded or whole almonds
1 tablespoon golden raisins
1 hard-boiled egg, quartered
1 teaspoon chopped parsley

Method
Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and sauté over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Combine the onion mixture with the yogurt in the blender and puree until smooth. Set this mixture aside.

Heat the remaining butter and sauté the meat, a few pieces at a time, until golden on all sides. Season with the salt and pepper then add the yogurt mixture, cover the saucepan, and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine the meat with the rice and smooth the mixture into a large baking dish. You may cover the mixture with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve or bake the mixture in a preheated oven for 25 minutes at 170C. Garnish before serving.