Malaysian Pudding

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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.

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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.


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,


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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3 Ingredient Fruit Cake

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Introducing my 3 ingredient fruit cake made from dried mixed fruit, cold coffee and self raising flour. This cake can be stored for up to 2 weeks. To store, simply wrap in foil or place into an airtight container at room temperature. Serve on it’s own at room temperature or warm, with a dollop of cream or custard.

You can substitute coffee with:

Juice (orange, apple or pineapple)

Black tea

Chocolate milk

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Brownie Cheesecake

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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 


Whipped fresh cream 

 Fruit of choice


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:



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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Tomato Frikkadel / Spaghetti with Meatballs

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Comfort food at it’s best! A delicious meal to make on a rainy and cloudy day. Serve with spaghetti for the kids and white rice for the older family members (If they like my husband whose not fond of pasta)

Spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian-American dish consisting of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs. It has become a South African favourite as well, with the older generation preferring the rice over the spaghetti.

Tomato Frikkadel Served With Rice / Spaghetti

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Serves 4 – 6
Frikkadel Ingredients:

  • 500g fat free minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 slice one day old bread soaked in water
  • 1 medium egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Wash and drain minced meat well.

Soak bread in water and squeeze excess water out.

Chop onion, pepper, tomato, coriander finely.

Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Heat your oven to 220°C.

Roll mince mixture into small golf ball size meatballs.

Arrange the meatballs onto a slightly greased baking tin or line your baking tin with greaseproof paper then you don’t need to use any oil.

This is to prevent the meatballs from sticking onto your tray.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 until browned.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.

Tomato sauce ingredients:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 level teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried crushed red chillies or to taste
700g soft, red tomatoes, liquidised or 2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato paste
A handful fresh rosemary, chopped
Sugar to taste

In a large saucepan heat the oil and braise the onion until golden brown.

Add the garlic, salt, chillies, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar and simmer over low heat until the sauce has slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the rosemary, stir through.

Add the cooked meatballs (drain any excess fat) to the tomato sauce to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet.

Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with cheese of your choice, optional.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Serve with white plain boiled rice.

Prepare a double batch of meatballs and freeze half. Ideal for busy cooks, unexpected visitors (after the pandemic or when it’s safe to receive visitors😊) or when you want to whip up a nutritious meal for your family.

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Minced Meat Wellington

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Minced Meat Wellington
This is my inexpensive version of Beef Wellington. Serve with steamed mixed vegetables and mushroom sauce for a bit of gravy.

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1 large onion
1 large carrot
1 celery stick
1 medium potato
4 cloves garlic
5 mushrooms
4 rosemary or thyme sprigs leaves only
2 tbsp olive oil
500g fat free beef mince
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten

500g puff pastry
flour for rolling
extra egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Pre-heat your oven to 190°C and take the pastry out of the fridge to soften a bit.

Peel onion, carrot and potato. Dice all the vegetables into similar size pieces. Put a frying pan on medium heat with olive oil, chop up the rosemary and mince the garlic and add them to the pan.

Gently sauté everything, stirring occasionally until your vegetables are tender and onions are translucent. It will take about 5-8 minutes. Then transfer your mixture into a bowl and cool completely.

Once it’s cooled enough to touch add the minced meat. Mix everything together adding salt, pepper and beaten egg,

Dust a clean work surface with a handful of flour and roll out the pastry to a 1cm thickness. Shape the mince mixture into a log and place it on the rolled out pastry sheet, brush the edges with the beaten egg. Roll it up tucking the ends inside like a giant burrito, brush with the egg all over and place it on a baking sheet seam down. I used the left over pastry, cut with a lattice cutting roller, for an extra layer of pastry and pretty effect. Bake Beef Wellington in the pre-heated oven for 45 min to an hour depending on your oven until golden.

Mushroom Sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup fresh cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp parsley, chopped

In a small pot melt the butter and add sliced mushrooms with a pinch of salt, brown over medium heat to get some colour on them. (If mushrooms release too much liquid and are steaming instead of browning, turn up the heat.)

Once mushrooms are browned turned the heat to low, add the olive oil and finely chopped onions, Cook the onions for 10 minutes until they are translucent, stir once in a while to prevent burning. Then add minced garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.

Pour in the cream, salt, pepper and chopped parsley, stir and let it simmer for a few minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Salwaa’s Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Makes 14 to 16 Rolls

My cinnamon rolls are a must try recipe to enjoy on a cold autumnal day with a hot cuppa. These cinnamon rolls are best served warm.

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1 packet dry yeast
1½ – 2 cup milk
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup warm water
¼ tsp vanilla essence
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
¼ cup butter, melted
4 cups cake flour

¼ cup melted butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup soft brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
1 ½ Tbsp of ground cinnamon

For the Glaze,
¼ cup of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 &1/4 cups of icing sugar
½ tsp of vanilla essence
3- 4 Tbsp of warm milk

1) In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside for approximately 5 minutes.

2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook or knead by hand, mix the egg, milk (start with 1 & 1/2 cups, adding the rest as needed), salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until it’s all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Knead until you have a smooth dough.

3) Set the dough aside covering the bowl with clean wrap in a warm area for about 2 hours.

4) In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon for the filling, set aside. @capemalaycooking

5) When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a rectangle. Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough. Cut into 14 to 16 slices making sure they are even and place them cut side down in a well-greased baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 ½ hours.

6) Pre-heat your oven to 200°C

7) Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the milk, once the cream cheese is all mixed, slowly add the milk until you get a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Braised Steak

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This is such a versatile recipe which can be used for steak rolls, a gatsby, serve with vegetables of choice and rice or with chips and a salad.

Serves 6
Ingredients for marinade:
1kg rump steak, cut into 10cm pieces
2 tsps steak and chops spice (masala)
2 tsps ground red chillies (or to taste)
2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp crushed ginger
2 tbsp oil
Enough vinegar to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste.

Add to meat and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator

Other Ingredients:
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 small green pepper, sliced
1 small red pepper, sliced
1 small yellow pepper, sliced

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan. Braise 1 & 1/2 sliced onions until golden brown. 
Add 1 large chopped tomato and cook for 10 minutes.

Add marinated steak and cook over medium heat for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Cooking time may vary depending on your cut of steak. You may want to taste at this point to see if you need salt. Add salt if needed as some steak and chops spice has salt added.

Add the sliced peppers and remaining half onion, stir and cook a further 5 minutes.

Serve with rice and vegetables or chips and salad or as a filling for masala steak Gatsby or rolls. You may use any cut of steak according to your preference.

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Afghan Biscuits

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I adapted the Afghan biscuit recipe from More Cape Malay Cooking by Faldela Williams

This biscuit is so called because it resembles that of an Afghan turban, writes the late Faldela Williams.


200g soft butter

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 & 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup cornflakes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Milk chocolate to finish


Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Cream the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.

Mix the flour and cocoa with the butter mixture.

Mix in cornflake and walnuts.

Mixture should resemble a soft dough.

Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto baking tins lined with greaseproof or parchment paper.

Bake for about 12 -15 minutes.

Cool slightly in the tins before removing.

Allow to cool completely before drizzling with melted chocolate.

Top the chocolate with half a walnut, optional.

Makes about 30 biscuits.

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How To Make Homemade Bread

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Salwaa’s Homemade Bread Video Tutorial

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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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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Spiced Fruit Loaf

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Salwaa’s Spiced Fruit Loaf

A treat when freshly baked and spread with butter, served with my Ingelegde Vis (pickled fish) 

This absolutely delicious Spiced Fruit Loaf not only tastes amazing but the aroma, gently wafting from the oven, makes the whole house smell incredible. Cinnamon and bread filled with tasty dried fruit, baking together.

Who needs air freshener when you can bake this wonderful Spiced Fruit Loaf.

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Spiced Fruit Loaf Served With Pickled Fish

In a large mixing bowl add the following:
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
2 eggs
3 TBSP of soft butter
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1TBSP finely grated orange peel
1 TBSP finely grated lemon peel
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup raisins
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 packet yeast

Spiced Fruit Loaf


Mix together to form a dough.

Knead for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise until double in size.

When it is risen knock down lightly and decide into 10 equal balls.

Grease a large loaf tin with butter.

Put the balls of dough into the baking tin and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for about 20 – 25 minutes.

For the glaze
Boil together juice of one orange and 3 TBSP of honey / golden syrup until sticky. Brush over warm loaf as soon as it comes out of the oven.


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Camembert Tear and Share

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Camembert Tear & Share Rolls

Soft garlic and herb enriched rolls, topped with olive oil, served with a whole Camembert. Tear pieces of rolls, dip in the melted cheese and enjoy.

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4 cups bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 packet instant yeast

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

50g butter

1 Camembert

1 large garlic clove

2 green chillies

Few sprigs rosemary

Olive oil


Combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and mix until a dough forms. Knead on a clean flour-dusted surface for 10 minutes, or until smooth and springy. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and prove in a warm place for 2 hours.

Grease an oven proof dish or baking tray with the butter. Cut the rind of the top of the Camembert. Peel and finely chop the garlic and chillies. Poke a few holes in the cheese, stuff a little of the garlic and chillies with a sprig of rosemary. Place the cheese in the centre of the tray.

Divide the dough into small balls, arrange the dough balls around the cheese, leaving a bit of a space between in ball. Scatter the remainder of the garlic, chillies and rosemary over the rolls. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic and leave for to rise again for about an hour.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for about 25 minutes or until the rolls are brown and the Camembert has fully melted. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter over the rolls. Serve immediately.

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Homemade Bread

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Homemade Baked Bread

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Fancy making your own bread? Baking homemade bread needn’t be difficult, here’s my easy recipe for a delicious crusty loaf of bread. My recipe makes 2 medium size loaves.


4 cups bread flour

1 sachet instant yeast (7g)

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 ½  – 1 ¾ cups lukewarm water

Oil for greasing

1 Tbsp melted butter


In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Stir to mix, make a little well in the centre, add the water. Start with one and half cups first. If the dough is too dry add the remaining quarter cup water little bit at a time. You may not need all the water. A wet dough is better than a dry one which will result in a tough bread texture.

Knead well for 10 – 15 minutes. The dough should be smooth and shouldn’t stick to your hands after kneading.

Grease a bowl with little oil. One to two teaspoons oil should be enough. You just want to prevent the dough from sticking to the bowl. Place dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place. Depending on the weather it can take between 1½ to 2 hours.

Punch down. Place in prepared loaf tins, (grease the tins well with oil) and leave to rise until double in volume.

Bake at 190°C for 35-40 minutes.

Turn out and cool on wire rack. To check if the bread is baked through, tap bottom of the loaf, it should sound hollow. Brush melted butter over the loaf whilst still warm.

This bread was made from my basic bread recipe. Shaped in a fluted mould pan, dusted with dry flour before baking. Served with butter and homemade fig jam. Learn how to make my fig jam here.

Dusted with flour before baking

Common bread faults and causes

Lack of volume, heavy and closed texture.

  • Dough is too tight due to insufficient liquid.
  • Too much salt added.
  • Not enough yeast.
  • Dough over fermented, causing the gas pockets to break down.
  • Low gluten content due to incorrect flour used
  • Insufficient kneading or proving


Dough collapsing when placed into the oven

  • Over proving


Lack of crust colour

  • Dough over fermented
  • Lack of salt
  • Oven too cool


Uneven texture with holes and crust breaks away

  • Oven too hot
  • Insufficient proving
  • Dough left uncovered during proving and surface dried out


Bread is doughy in the middle

Taken out of the oven too early, not enough baking time.


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Romany Creams

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Salwaa’s Romany Creams

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Romany Creams

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.  

Smartie Romany Creams


2 extra-large eggs
¾ cup cooking oil
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 cups desiccated coconut
3 – 4 cups self-raising flour
125g soft butter
Cooking chocolate to complete

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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Cocktail Bread Rolls 

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Cocktail Bread Rolls
Cocktail Bread Rolls


1 kg cake flour

1 tsp salt

1 (7g) packet instant yeast

4 tablespoons oil

4 tablespoons plain yoghurt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 large eggs

1 – 1 ½ cups lukewarm (tepid) milk




In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast.

In a separate bowl mix the egg, oil and yoghurt. Add to the flour.

Add the milk and mix thoroughly. You may add more milk if the dough feels to stiff.

Knead the dough until smooth and the dough no longer stick to your hands.

Cover the bowl with plastic and leave to rise in a warm place until double in size.

Knock the dough down to let the air come out.

Break off small pieces of the dough and form into round shapes.

Place in a baking tray dusted with flour. Leave to rise for 10 minutes.

Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).

Bake in a preheated oven at 190° Celsius until light brown approximately 25 – 30 minutes.

Makes about 40 cocktail rolls.

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Wholemeal Bread 

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Wholemeal Bread

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Nothing beats homemade bread straight from the oven. I remember my mom kneading bread every Sunday morning so it can be ready for supper. We’ll have it with polony, cheese, spiced beef or left over roast chicken from lunch. Fond memories of the good old days!

Wholemeal Bread


4 1/2 cups wholemeal bread flour

1 & 1/2 tspsalt

2 tsps light brown sugar

1 packet instant yeast (7g)

About 1 & 1/2 – 2 cups of lukewarm water


Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl and all you do is simply sprinkle on the salt, sugar and yeast, mix these together  thoroughly, make a well in the center and pour in the lukewarm water.

Mix the warm liquid into the flour gradually to form a dough (the exact amount of water you’ll need will depend on the flour) You can use you hands or a wooden spoon. I prefer using my hands. it is better to have too much water than too little.

Finish off by mixing with your hands until you have a smooth dough that leaves the bowl clean – there should be no bits of flour or dough remaining on the sides of the bowl.

Cover the mixing bowl with a clean plastic bag or cling film and leave to rest in a warm place until double in size.

Knock the dough down, now transfer the dough to a flat surface and stretch it out into an oblong.
Now fit the dough into the tin, pressing it firmly all round the edges so that the top will already be slightly rounded.

Next, sprinkle the surface with a generous dusting of flour, then cover the tin with a damp, clean tea cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or at room temperature for about an hour.

If you’re making 2 loaves, divide the dough in half before following the steps above and folding it into the tins.

Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 200°C. When the dough has risen to the top of the bread tin or tins, bake the bread for 40 minutes for the big loaf tin or 30 minutes if you using 2 small loaf tins.

When the bread is cooked, turn it out on to a cloth to protect your hands – it will sound hollow when rapped underneath with your knuckles.

Cool the bread on a wire rack and enjoy with toppings of your choice 🙂
Or serve with your favourite bowl of soup

Cook’s Tip:

Makes 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves

I made one round loaf using a round cake tin and made bread rolls with the left over dough.

Sago Pudding

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Perfect dessert for the cold weather! Takes less than 90 minutes to prepare and bake. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve more than 4 – 6 people. 

4 cups milk

1 cup sago

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

5 tablespoons butter plus extra for greasing 

2 tablespoon custard powder (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 large eggs       

1/2 cup sugar (extra)



Preheat the oven at 160° Celsius.

Grease a large pudding dish with butter. 

Heat milk to nearly boiling, then add sago, salt, and nutmeg or cinnamon.

Simmer over very low heat until sago is transparent.

Mix custard powder with half a cup of water / milk and add to mixture 

Add the 1/2 cup sugar, butter and vanilla, and stir in well. Remove from heat.

Separate the eggs, and whisk the yolks. Add yolks to the sago mixture, whisk or mix until combined. 

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, and add the extra 1/2 cup sugar slowly, whisking until incorporated.

Gently fold the egg whites into the sago mixture. 

Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 – 45 minutes, until set  and the pudding is light brown on top.

Serve warm

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Chocolate Fudge

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As the season of sharing gifts is nearing here is another great idea for homemade treats to give as a gift. Ideal for gifting to the person that has everything 😉

Makes approximately 60 pieces of soft chocolate fudge.

Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Fudge

400g dark or milk chocolate
1 can condensed milk (497g)
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup icing sugar
55g chopped nuts, optional
Using a heavy based saucepan, break or chop the chocolate into small pieces. Add the condensed milk and butter. Heat over low heat, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Beat the icing sugar into the mixture until combined. Press the fudge into a 20cm square tin, lined with greaseproof paper, smooth the top and press nuts into the surface. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Cut into squares. Alternatively pour the fudge into silicone moulds and leave to set in the refrigerator until set.

Homemade Chocolate Fudge
Homemade Chocolate Fudge

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Number 1 Birthday Cake

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I made a number 1 birthday cake for my granddaughter, Aisha, who turned 1 last week. For this cake I made a double batch of  my chocolate cake mixture. I drew a number 1 on a A4 paper, cut it out, then shaped the number 1 from there onto the cakes. With the left over cake pieces I made a chocolate trifle.

Number 1 Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

To make the number 1 cake you will need to make 2 batches of chocolate cake mixture.

Ingredients for 1 cake:

3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cooking oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cake flour


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 25cm x 20cm baking tin. 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. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Now mix and bake the second layer as above.

Cool the cakes on a cooling rack
Cool the cakes on a cooling rack

Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper
Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper

Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1
Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1

Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream
Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream

To make the butter cream you will need

125g soft butter

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Enough milk to make it spreadable

Cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder mix together. Add drops of milk to make the mixture soft and spreadable. Sandwich the 2 layers together using the butter cream.

Decorate the cake with ganache

Spread ganache over the cake

To make the ganache you will need:

400g good quality chocolate

200ml 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 spreading over the cake.

Decorate with sweets or as you like
Decorate with sweets or as you like

I used the left over cake pieces to make a chocolate trifle. I’ll share the recipe in my next post.

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Fig Jam / Preserve

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Fig Jam / Preserve – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Fig Jam
Fig Jam

A very easy, no fuss recipe to make wholesome homemade fig jam. No preservatives, you won’t need any anyway, this jam is so good it will be gone in no time. Makes a great gift as well.

1 kg ripe figs, trimmed and chopped into small pieces
2 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
Rind and juice of 1 large lemon

Place all the ingredients in a deep stainless steel pot, cover and stand overnight at room temperature. The following day cook over low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil, then cook over very low heat, stirring regularly, for 35 – 40 minutes or until thick and sticky. Mash figs gently to break up a little. Remove the cinnamon sticks and lemon rind, cool slightly. Seal in sterilised jars. Store for up to 2 months.
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