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

 

Ingredients:
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

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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Kolwyntjies

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Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies) – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

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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Orange Biscuits (lemoen koekies)

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Orange Biscuits (lemoen koekies)

Traditional Cape Malay biscuits flavoured with orange essence and dried citrus peels.

 

Orange Biscuits / Lemoen Koekies
Orange Biscuits / Lemoen Koekies

Ingredients:

250g soft butter or good quality baking butter

1 cup sugar

1 extra large egg

¼ cup sunflower oil

3 tsp orange essence

4 x 250ml cake flour, sifted

1 tsp ground naartjie/orange/satsuma peel (dried and ground)

1 tsp baking powder

Cachous (sen-sen) sweets to complete

Sen-Sent Sweets / Pink Cachous
Sen-Sent Sweets / Pink Cachous

 

Method:

Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar

Add the oil, essence and egg, mix well

Add the flour, baking powder and citrus peels

Mix well to form a firm dough

Roll out the dough approximately 5mm thick on a lightly floured surface

Cover the dough with cling film or greaseproof paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin

Take a fork and lightly scrape the surface of the dough to make a line pattern

Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter and place the biscuits on a baking tray (no need to grease the baking tray)

Place a sen-sen sweet in the middle of each biscuit

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned

Makes approximately 70 biscuits.

Orange Biscuits
Orange Biscuits

Lemoen Koekies
Lemoen Koekies

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Saboera Biscuits

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Saboera Biscuits

Traditional Cape Malay biscuits subtly flavoured with spices and rose water.

 

Saboera Biscuits
Saboera Biscuits

 

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

250g soft butter or good quality baking margarine

¼ cup sunflower oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 extra large egg

1 tsp rose water

4 x 250ml cups cake flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp ground dried naartjie (satsuma) peel

 

To complete:

½ cup sugar poured into a side plate

Black currants

 

Method:

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together using a whisk until light and fluffy

Add the oil, egg, vanilla essence, rose water and mix well to combine

Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into the wet mixture and mix to form a firm dough

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until approximately 5mm thick

Cover the dough with greaseproof paper or cling film whilst rolling to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin

Cut oblong shapes with a cookie cutter

Press 3 currants on top of the biscuits, slightly spread out

Saboera Biscuits
Saboera Biscuits

Dip each biscuit (the top side only) in the sugar and place onto a baking tin, leave some space between each biscuit in case of spreading

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12 -15 minutes or until light brown

Makes 70 depending on the size of the cookie cutter.

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Light and fluffy chocolate cake made in a Bundt or ring tin.

 

5 extra-large eggs, separated

1 cup white sugar

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup sunflower oil

2 tsp baking powder

¾ cup hot water (boiled water, slightly cooled)

1/3 cup cocoa powder

 

Preheat your oven to 170C.

Grease a Bundt (ring) tin.

Using a large mixing bowl, cream the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the oil and stir to combine.

Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl.

Add the flour mixture and the hot water to the wet ingredients in stages mixing well after each addition.

Using an electric beater whip the egg whites stiff until they hold their peaks.

Fold the egg whites lightly into cake mixture until just combined. DO NOT OVER STIR as the cake will lose volume and won’t be as light and fluffy.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake at 170C for 35 minutes. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

 

Ganache

200g Cadbury Diary milk chocolate

½ cup fresh cream

Melt together for 60 seconds in the microwave in a suitable container without stirring. Let it rest/stand for 2 minutes and stir to combine the chocolate and cream. Pour this over the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries and/or chocolate curls.

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Savoury Muffins

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Ever had unexpected guests and nothing to serve them? I’m sure many of you experienced this before. Well, I was in this predicament on Sunday morning after having unexpected guests sleep over on Saturday night. Usually, I have a supply of koesisters in the freezer, which would have been perfect  for a traditional Sunday breakfast in a Cape Malay home. Sadly, on this occasion I had none, not even a doughnut!

 

What to do? I haven’t gone shopping yet, so my grocery cupboards only had everyday necessities. After scratching my brain for ideas, I decided to make a quick bread, savoury scones using left over chicken of the previous day as well as oats and dates muffins. In the end everyone had an enjoyable breakfast / brunch and I was saved from embarrassment. Here follows my recipe for savoury muffins. I’ll post the oats & dates and the bread recipe on another occasion.

 

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For 12 Savoury Muffins you’ll need:

1 cup chopped left over chicken pieces, preferably breast

1 cup peeled and chopped onions

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 cup deseeded and chopped mixed red and green peppers

2 large eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

2 1/2 Tbsps self raising flour

1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1 tsp black pepper

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Add all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix everything together with a spoon until all the ingredients are combine.

 

 

 

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Spoon into 12 – 14 silicone cupcake holders. You can also use a greased 12 cup muffin tray. (depending on the size of your cupcake holder you may even get 14 like I did)

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Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 180C.

 

 

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Prawn Breyani

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Prawn Breyani

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

500g Basmati rice

1 kg large prawns shelled and deveined

To marinate prawns:

1 cup yogurt

Juice of 1 lime/ lemon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tablespoons garlic paste

1 tablespoon ginger paste

Salt to taste

To fry: 4 large onions sliced thinly (divided into 3 equal portions)

3 large tomatoes chopped finely

For dry masala/ spice mix:

2 tablespoons whole koljana/coriander seeds

1 tablespoons whole jeera/cumin seeds

1 tablespoon saunf/ aniseed/ fennel seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

2 pieces of cinnamon

5 cloves

5 green cardamom

10-12 black peppercorns

2 dry red chillies

For wet masala: 2 green chillies

1/2 cup fresh dhanya leaves

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped dhanya/coriander leaves

4-5 tablespoons cooking oil

Preparation:

Wash the rice. Soak it in warm water for 30 minutes.

Cook the rice till almost done. Drain remaining water (if any) and keep aside.

Marinate the prawns with the marinating ingredients.

Heat a flat pan on a medium heat and gently roast all ingredients mentioned under “For dry masala/ spice mix” till they start to become slightly darker and give off a faint aroma.

Now grind all the roasted ingredients to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder or use a mortal & pestle.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under “For wet masala”, to a smooth paste in a food processor.

Heat the cooking oil in a deep pan till hot and then fry 1 of the 3 portions of sliced onions till crispy and golden. When done, drain and remove from the oil and keep aside on paper towels to garnish breyani later.

In the same oil, add the remaining sliced onions and fry till soft. Now add the tomatoes and fry till soft.

Add all the dry and wet masala ingredients prepared earlier and fry till the oil begins to separate from the whole mix.

Now add the prawns and all the marinade to this spice mix. Stir and allow to cook till the prawns are done. Do not overcook as the prawns will get rubbery in texture. Season with salt if required.

Remove from heat.

Take a large, deep baking dish/ ovenproof dish (it MUST have its own cover) and grease lightly with cooking oil. Layer the rice and prawn as follows: rice – prawn – rice. End with a layer of rice.

Garnish with the crispy fried onions, chopped dhanya leaves. Cover the dish and seal tightly.

Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes.

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.

Chops Sosatie

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Chops Sosatie

Chops Sosatie
Chops Sosatie

1kg lamb chops
500g thinly slices onions

Marinade:
15ml crushed garlic
5 bay leaves
5 whole cloves
2ml dried thyme
5ml dried sage
20ml curry powder
60ml lemon juice or vinegar
45ml sugar
5ml salt (or too taste)

Marinated Chops Sosatie
Marinated Chops Sosatie

Combine the marinade ingredients and marinade chops for at least 1 hour or longer if you have time. Transfer into a oven proof dish cover with sliced onions and cook, covered, with aluminium foil in a preheated oven (200C) for 50 – 60 minutes.

Ready For The Oven
Ready For The Oven

 

Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed mixed vegetables.

 

Savoury / Dhanya Rice

Dhanya Rice
Dhanya Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked  long  grain rice or basmati rice

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cardamom pods

2 stick cinnamons

100g butter

1 teaspoon salt

Handful chopped dhanya

Method:

Parboil the rice until half cooked.

Pour into a colander, rinse, leave the rice in the colander whilst preparing the onions.

Heat your saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, melt, add the cardamom and stick cinnamon. Add the onions. Braise the onions until golden brown. Add the half cooked rice, salt and a cup of water. Heat the rice until warmed through. Add the dhanya, stir with a fork to loosen the grains and turn the heat off. Leave the sealed saucepan on the stove, the retained heat will complete the cooking process and any water left will be absorbed leaving you with fluffy and tender.

VARIATION:

Add a cup of mixed vegetables with the rice before steaming.

Add a tin of drained chick peas with the rice before steaming.

Mavrou

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Mavrou
A Cape Malay traditional dish which is usually served at weddings, on Eid and other special occasions. Mavrou is a very colourful dish and is usually made with steak.

Mavrou
Mavrou

Ingredients:
1 kg cubed steak or goulash
10 ml salt
10 ml ground jeera (cumin)
15 ml ground koljana (coriander)
10 ml barishap (fennel seeds)
15 ml crushed red chillies
3 cloves
3 whole all spice
10 ml ground ginger
10 ml ground garlic
3 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks

Few strands saffron (optional)
4 large onions, thinly sliced

Oil for braising onions
2 large tomatoes, grated

Method:
• Combine all spices and mix well with meat. Marinate for at least an hour.
• Heat oil in large pot and braise onions until soft and golden, adding water when necessary.
• Add meat and cook covered until soft, adding water when necessary.
• Serve with white or savoury rice decorated with boiled eggs cut into quarters.

VARIATION:

Served with steamed mix vegetables of peas.

Cheese Scones

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Salwaa’s Cheese Scones

Cheese Scones

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Ingredients:
2 cups self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 level tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
55g butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1/3 cup caster sugar
150ml buttermilk (approx)
125g French Blue Cheese or any strong cheese of choice

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar. Cut the cheese into small cubes. Add the cheese and buttermilk to the flour mixture.

Mix into a soft, but not sticky, dough. Lightly flour your hands and bring the dough together, handling it as little as possible.

Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat to a thickness of 2cm, lightly flour a 5cm pastry cutter and cut out as many scones as possible. I’ve used a square cookie cutter this time.

Transfer the scones onto a baking tray. Leave a space in between as the scones will spread somewhat. Gather the remaining dough together and repeat until used up. I got about 12 scones out of this mixture.

Brush the tops with milk or beaten egg. Dust with mixed herbs. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack until just warm, or leave to go completely cold. I served mine warm with lashings of butter.

Cheese Scones Serve With Butter

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