Lizel Salter – Page 9 – Recipes from South Africa

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dom pedro dessert, South African

After lunch, desserts and snacks

The highlight of South African living is the breakfast, desserts, snacks and drinks. Easy to please anyone. Breakfast varies between “mieliepap” and “beskuit”. “Mieliepap” is the same consistency as polenta and served with a teaspoon of sugar, butter and milk. A great creamy and healthy breakfast to see you through the morning hours. “Beskuit” is rusks, dough baked in the oven, broken apart and then places back in the oven to dry out. The perfect breakfast, specially for those living on farms, is home made rusks, dunked into your morning coffee. If you are more of a tea lover, try the great local herbal tea called “rooibos”

During the morning you can chew on some “biltong” which is salty dried meat or “droëwors”, which is dried sausage. You can not watch any rugby or cricket match without this salty snack. By now it is time for more coffee served with banana, ginger of mealie bread, smeared with butter. Mealie bread is a sweet bread, baked with sweet corn. You will probably wonder why we have such an obsession with mealies? Well, mealies basically are Africa’s staple food. We use it to make breakfast, bread, crisps (or chips) and many more.

After you finish this, it is time for your main meal of the day. And then the BEST course arrives, the dessert. Most puddings are baked pies served with custard and ice cream or a special sauce. Malva pudding is one of the old time favourites, a great, sweet tasting spongy apricot dessert with a lovely sweet sauce. Cottage pudding is a type of cake pudding served with a special white wine sauce.

If you prefer a colder dessert, this is the place to be. Enjoy a fresh fruit salad with ice cream, made from local seasonal fruit. The most famous fruits are grapes, apples, naartjies (a type of tangerine), peaches, apricots, mangoes, melons and many more. There is nothing more refreshing than a fresh fruit salad. If you like ice cream, there are special treats in store for you as well. Try the watermelon or papaya flavoured ice cream in a cone or on its own.

As a special treat, why not try a Dom Pedro? This is ice cream with a little drop of milk and a shot of your favourite whiskey of liqueur. Try Amarula liqueur, made from the potent marula fruit or van der Hum liqueur, made from fresh naartjies. This is a treat you should not pass on.

Later the afternoon you can enjoy some “koeksisters”, a very sweet delicacy. Afrikaans “koeksisters” are twisted pastries, deep fried and then sweetened with a very sweet sauce. Another favourite of mine is “ystervarkies”, a sponge cake, dunked in a home made chocolate sauce, rolled in coconut! Doesn’t that just sound magnificent?

If you prefer something less sweet, try the “melktert” (milk tart). This is a milk-based tart, absolutely gorgeous if you eat it warm, just as it is made. If you want something savoury, try the “souttert” (savoury tart) consisting mostly of vienna sausages, cheese, onions, herbs and egg.

For the evening you can enjoy one the best known foods, “vetkoek”. This is a treat. You can enjoy “vetkoek” in three ways. Dunk it in your tea, butter with syrup and cheese or stuffed with curry mince. No matter which one you choose, you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for something smaller, try the“plaatkoekies” (almost like crumpets) served with marmite or syrup or maybe try some pancakes with cinnamon sugar?

During the day you will never go thirsty. If you like warm drinks, there are the many varieties of strong coffees, regular tea, “rooibos” tea, hot chocolate and my favourite, milo. This is a great drink filled with vitamins and minerals, made with warm or cold milk. If you prefer cold drinks, try the various ice teas and fruit juices. Guava, orange, grinadella, fruit cocktail, grape, peach, pear, apple, apricot and mango are only a few choices you have in fruit juices. Guava and mango must be two of the most loved choices.

If you are looking for a bottle of wine to accompany you meals, there are hundreds of local Cape wines to choose from. You will be spoilt for choice. Make sure you try as much as you can and enjoy the hospitality while you are visiting the rainbow country, South Africa.

These are only a few of the great traditional South African recipes you can try. You will need a long time to try them all. Enjoy!




“Plaatkoekies” taste absolutely great.  It is very easy to make and everyone will love it.  It will be an instant hit with young and old.  It tastes best when it is served with marmite or golden syrup.  If you feel like treating yourself, add a spoon full of cream on top.  You have to try this!

1 cup of milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
2 cups of flour
A pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

1.  Beat the milk and egg together.
2.  Add the sugar and beat well.
3.  Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together and add.
4.  Let the mixture stand for 1/2 hour.
5.  Place spoons full of the mixture into warm oil and fry on both sides.  Turn the “plaatkoekies” over when air bubbles form on the top.
6.  Spread a little bit of butter on top and add marmite or syrup.

This recipe is easy and tastes brilliant.  Go ahead and try it yourself!  

melkkos, milk food directly translated


Melkkos is seker een van my gunsteling resepte.  Dit is lekker om te eet en baie maklik om te maak.  Al wat jy nodig het is melk, botter, meel en sout en daar gaan jy!  Vir my is die belangrikste egter die kaneerlsuiker.  Ek is MAL oor kaneelsuiker en eet dit oor enige kos.  Dit is heerlik, jy moet dit probeer!

2 eetlepels harde botter or margarine
1 koppie koekmeel
‘n knippie sout
2 1/2 koppies melk


  1.  Vryf die botter by die meel en sout met jou vingerpunte in.
    2.  Gooi die melk in ‘n pan en bring tot kookpunt.
    3.  Voeg die meelmengsel bietjie vir bietjie by.  Meng met ‘n houtlepel.
    4.  Draai die hitte tot laag en laat kook vir omtrent 5 – 10 minute.  Maak seker jy roer dit baie goed.
    5.  Bedien die melkkos in ‘n bakkie en strooi kaneelsuiker bo-oor.  Meng en eet warm.


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Plaatkoekies smaak heerlik, veral op ‘n koue dag! Hierdie is ‘n baie maklike resep en sal beslis ‘n baie groot gunsteling wees vir beide oud en jonk. Dit smaak op sy beste met marmite of goue stroop.

As jy lus voel om jouself te bederf kan jy gerus ‘n lepel room bo-op skep.

1 koppie melk
1 eier
2 eetlepels suiker
2 koppies meel
‘n Knippie sout
2 teelepels bakpoeier

1.  Klits die melk en eier saam.
2.  Voeg die suiker hierby en meng baie goed .
3.  Sif die meel, sout en bakpoeier saam en meng by.
4.  Laat die mengsel staan en rus vir omtrent ‘n 1/2 uur.
5.  Skep lepelsvol in warm olie en braai aan albei kante. Draai die plaatkoekies om wanneer ligbabbels bo-op verskyn.
6.  Smeer ‘n bietjie botter bo-op saam met marmite of stroop.

Hierdie is regtig ‘n eenvoudige resep en smaak heerlik.

Probeer dit gerus!






Generaal hertzog koekies with apricot jam

Generaal Hertzog Koekies

Generaal Hertzog koekies is vernoem na die persoon wie se gunsteling hierdie koekies was. In die verlede is dit gewoonlik gedoen sodat almal weet wie hiervan gehou het!

Hier volg die resep vir die koekies wat ek nou die dag gebak het.  Dit smaak heerlik en is baie eenvoudig en vinnig om te bak.  As jy nog nooit voorheen hierdie resep probeer het nie, daag jouself uit en moenie bang wees nie 🙂

2 koppies meel
‘n Knippie sout
2 teelepels bakpoeier
1/2 koppie margarine
3 eiers (eierwitte-en gele geskei)
1 1/2 eetlepels suiker
Indien die deeg te slap is, meng 2 eetlepels melk hierby.

1.  Sif die meel, sout en bakpoeier saam.  Vryf die margarine met jou vingerpunte hierby in.
2.  Voeg die gele by en laat staan vir omtrent 5 minute.
3.  Rol die deeg uit en sit in klein kolwyntjiepannetjies (jy kan ook groter pannetjies gebruik as jy wil).
4.  Skep ‘n klein lepeltjie appelkooskonfyt in die deeg.

1.  Klits die eierwitte baie goed.
2.  Voeg ‘n 1/2 koppie suiker en 1 koppie klapper hierby en meng goed.
3.  Skep ‘n lepel vol bo-op die appelkooskonfyt.
4.  Bak in ‘n voor-verhitte oond teen 180°C vir 10-20 minute.

As jy eers een van hierdie koekies geproe het, sal dit baie moeilik wees om gou weer op te hou, so glo my, dit gaan nie te lank hou nie!

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As I sit here typing on my computer, I can hear the rain falling outside, just hard enough to hear. This is called pancake weather in South Africa!! Whenever the rain comes, we bake pancakes as a family and enjoy the sound of the rain outside.

I baked pancakes yesterday when the rain started, so it worked out very well in the end. We had 2 savoury pancakes with tuna and mayo as well as ham and cheese. The traditional way you should have it though is with cinnamon sugar! Whenever I eat a pancake I remember the lovely church fates. Everyone always buy cinnamon sugar pancakes by the dozen!

I would like to share with you a great pancake recipe so you can bake them the next time you have a rainy day…

Bake while it rains and eat as you go along!

5 cups of cold water
1/4 cup of oil (not too much)
3 tablespoons of white vinegar (malt is fine if you don’t have white)
6 eggs
3 cups of flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Beat the liquids together.
2. Sieve the dry ingredients and add a little bit at a time.
3. Beat very well.
4. Bake the first pancake in a little bit of oil in a frying pan. (paper thin)
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, rol up and enjoy!

Try this recipe to make you feel warm inside! This recipe is enough to feed alot of people. If you are only baking for a few people, you can just halve the ingredients.

Eat and enjoy!

Generaal hertzog koekies with apricot jam

General Hertzog Cookies

In the past the Generals used to name cookies they liked after themselves so everyone would know who’s favourites they were!

Here follows the recipe for these lovely cookies that I baked just the other day.  They are really quick and very easy to make.  Even if you have never baked them before, roll up your sleaves and sink your teeth into this one!

2 cups flour
A pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of margarine
3 eggs (white and yellow seperate)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
If the pastry is too thick, add 2 tablespoons of milk.

1.  Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together.  Rub the margarine in with your fingertips.
2.  Add the egg yolk and the sugar.  Mix and let is rest for about 15 minutes.
3.  Roll the dough and place round pieces of dough in little muffin pans.
4.  Place a small teaspoon of apricot jam in on top of the dough.

1.  Beat the white of the eggs together well.
2.  Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of desiccated coconut to the egg whites and mix.
3.  Place a spoon full of this on the top of the apricot jam.
4.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 10-20 minutes.

Once you start eating them it is really hard to stop, so make sure you bake enough!

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Brandy Pudding

The recipe I am going to share with you today is about 350 years old! A great favourite from the Cape where the first brandy from Cape grapes were distilled in 1672! We have come a long way since then, but still, Cape Brandy Pudding remains an old favourite 🙂

250 g of depitted dates, cut up
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, whisked
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Cut the dates, add the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda to halve of the dates, stir and let it cool down.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar and add the beaten eggs. Mix very well.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add.
4. Add the rest of the dates and walnuts. Then add the dates in water and mix very well.
5. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees celcius for 30 – 40 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and pour the syrup over the warm pudding.

1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup brandy

1. Boil together the sugar, butter and water for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add vanilla and brandy. Mix well.
3. Pour warm over the warm pudding and serve with cream or ice cream.

Nothing nicer to warm you up on a cold day! Enjoy! Do come back soon. New recipes are added every month. If you have any requests, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help you out!

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Vandag wil ek ‘n watertand lekker resep met julle deel.  Ons hou baie van ons wonderlike terte en glo my, min naweke en geen verjaarsdae gaan verby sonder ten minste een nie! Hierdie is een van my Tannie se spesialis resepte en sy maak die lekkerste tert wat ek nog gehad het.

1 pakkie tennisbeskuitjies
4 koppies plain jogurt (1 liter)
1 pakkie vanilla “instant” poeding
1 koppie room
1 blikkie kondensmelk (395gr)

1.  Maak die beskuitjies fyn en meng met botter om ‘n kors te vorm.  Los in die yskas vir ‘n paar uur.
2.  Klits die res van die bestandele alles saam en skep in die kors.
3.  Laat staan in die yskas om te set en bedien koud.

Dit is ‘n lieflike resep en my tannie is die bo-baas bakster van hierdie ou gunsteling! Ek is nou sommer lus vir een. Die tert is baie soet, maar lekker…

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Hierdie lieflike resep is meer as 350 jaar oud! ‘n Heerlike gunsteling van die Kaap waar die eerste brandewyn van Kaapse druiwe gedistilleer is in 1672! Ons het ‘n lang pad gestap sedertdien, maar die Kaapse Brandewynpoeding is nog steeds ‘n ou gunsteling 🙂

250 g ontpitte dadels in die helfte gesny
1 teelepel koeksoda
1 koppie kookwater
1/2 koppie botter/margarine
1/2 koppie suiker
2 eiers, geklits
2 koppies meel
1 teelepel bakpoeier
1/2 teelepel sout
1 koppie fyn okkerneute

1.Sny die dadels en week die helfte hiervan in die kookwater en koeksoda. Roer en laat staan of af te koel.
2. Room die botter en suiker saam en voeg die geklitste eiers by. Meng baie goed.
3. Sif die meel, bakpoeier en sout saam.
4. Voeg die res van die dadels en die okkerneute hierby, en daarna ook die dadelmengsel met die water. Meng goed.
5. Skep die beslag in ‘n vuurvaste bakskottel en bak in ‘n voor-verhitte oond van 180 grade celcius vir 30 – 40 minute.
6. Verwyder uit die oond en gooi die warm sous oor die warm poeding.

1 koppie suiker
1 eetlepel botter
1/2 koppie water
1 teelepel vanilla geursel
1/2 koppie brandewyn

1. Kook die suiker, botter en water vir omtrent 5 minute saam.
2. Verwyder van die stoof en voeg die vanilla en brandewyn hierby. Meng goed.
3. Giet die sous warm oor die poeding en bedien met styfgeklopte room of roomys!

Niks smaak lekkerder op ‘n koue aand nie. Geniet die resep en kom besoek Afrikaanse resepte gerus weer. Ek sal nuwe resepte elke maand byvoeg, en indien jy enige versoeke het, stuur ‘n boodskap en ek sal kyk wat ek kan doen.