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Poached pears in red wine and cinnamon


Ingredients:  Peeled firm fresh pears – not too soft Enough red wine to cover the pears About 1 cup of  white sugar  (ratio of wine to sugar 3 : 1 ) 2 cinnamon stick A few cloves Pinch all spice Star anise ( if you have) Method:  Peel the pears leaving the stalk on the pear Pour the wine into a saucepan large enough to hold the pears in a single layer Add the sugar and the spices and stir over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved.… Read the rest

Celebrate National Milk Tart Day with this delicious Umngazi Milk Tart Recipe!


This is an easy and tasty pudding  – but make in advance to have time to set Ingredients:  Tennis biscuits – crushed  (use 1/2 packet) 3 TABLESPOONS  melted butter 800ml milk 3 eggs 125ml sugar 50ml flour ( 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon) 50ml corn flour – mazena ( 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon) Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon butter 2 tsp vanilla essence Method:  Crush biscuits until very fine ( use a packet with no holes or a rolling pin in a big bowl) and mix in the melted butter  – melt the butter in the microwave Press into bottom of a 22cm pie dish ( use a loose bottomed tin if possible) push nice and tight and place in fridge to harden Put the milk into a pot and bring gently to the boil Mix the other ingredients together except the butter and vanilla essence Add slowly to the hot milk and stir all the time until thickens Do not let lumps come Add the butter and vanilla once nice and thick Pour over the base and sprinkle with cinnamon powder – allow to cool off Place in fridge to set for about 2 or 3 hours … Read the rest

Chocolate Rum Fridge Cake


Ingredients:  250g butter 250g dark chocolate 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons castor sugar 1Tablespoon rum (can be left out) 1 packet Marie biscuits Method:  Place butter and chocolate in a double boiler.… Read the rest

Lemon Yoghurt Cake


Ingredients: ¾ cup sunflower oil 2 eggs 1 tablespoon lemon rind 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup plain yoghurt 1 ¾ cup castor sugar 2 cups self- raising flour   Icing: ¼ cup fresh lemon juice ¾ cup white sugar   Method: Turn oven onto 180°C In a large bowl mix all the ingredients – mix with a metal spoon Pour into greased round ring tin Bake for about 35 min at 180°C To make icing – place sugar and lemon juice into a bowl and just stir twice – drizzle over cooled cake and it will form a crust  … Read the rest

Roast Pumpkin Soup


 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic clove crushed Pinch dried oregano – or fresh from the herb garden 250g Roma tomatoes – halved length ways 850g butternut or pumpkin – unpeeled and chopped 250g carrots  – peeled and roughly chopped 2 onions  – chopped 200g sweet potato- peeled and chopped Salt and pepper to taste 6 cups homemade chicken stock   Method:   Preheat the oven to 190°C Mix the oil, garlic, salt ( about ½ tsp)  and oregano Put the tomatoes cut side up in roasting tin with pumpkin, carrots, onion and sweet potato Brush with oil mixture and bake for about 1 ½ hours Cool and scrape the flesh from the pumpkin and put into large pan with the vegetables, oregano and stock Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes Cool and puree Check seasoning and serve with fresh crouton and a swirl of cream… Read the rest
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