Malva Pudding

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MALVA PUDDING
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS (Cake)
1 Cup Castor Sugar
2 Eggs, Room Temperature
1 Tbls Smooth Apricot Jam
1 ¼ Cups Cake Flour
1 Tsp Bicarb of Soda
Pinch of  Salt
2 Tbls Butter
1 Tsp Vinegar
½ Cup Milk

INGREDIENTS (Sauce)
1 Cup Cream
½ Cup Butter
½ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Water, Orange Juice or Brandy

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Add the sugar and eggs to a medium sized mixing bowl. Using an electric or hand beater, beat castor sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Add apricot jam and beat well.IMG_4072
  4. Sift dry ingredients 3 times in a separate bowl.
  5. Melt butter and add to vinegar and milk in a third bowl.IMG_4076
  6. Fold dry ingredients and milk mixture alternatively into egg mixtures.IMG_4078
  7. Once fully combined, pour mixture into a greased oven proof casserole/pyrex dish.IMG_4081
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
  9. During the last 15 minutes of baking, melt all the sauce ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Do not boil.IMG_4087
  10. Pour this sauce over the cake as soon as it’s removed from the oven, use a fork to aid absorption.IMG_4091
  11. Serve hot with ice cream or custard.

TIPS FOR MAKING GLUTEN FREE/DAIRY FREE

  • GLUTEN FREE:

Substitute regular flour for gluten free flour.

  • DAIRY FREE:

Substitute butter with Vegan Butter/Parev Margarine
Substitute milk with non dairy milk alternative – I used Cashew Milk
Substitute cream with Rich’s Non Dairy Whip Topping/Orly Whip

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Date and Pecan Passover Cookies

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1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Roughly Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1 Egg White

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the chopped dates, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.
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3. Mix well until all combined.
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4. Add the egg white and mix well.
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5. Place tablespoon sized scoops on a baking sheet spread an inch apart.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

Chocolate Mousse Eclairs


INGREDIENTS
Eclairs
120 g (4.23 oz) Butter or Margarine
1 1/3 cups Flour –All purpose
1 cup Boiling water
Pinch Salt
3 Eggs

Chocolate Mousse
200 g (7oz) Dark Chocolate
4 Eggs
250 ml ((9oz) Cream or Orley Whip (Parev Cream)
½ cup Sugar

Chocolate Topping
100 mls (3.52oz) /cream or non dairy cream
100 mls (3.52oz) Dark Chocolate


METHOD

Oven 200º C (400º F) then 180 º C (350º F)
1. Using a medium saucepan bring the butter/marge and water to the boil.
2. Remove from heat and add the flour and salt.
3. Stirring continuously until the mixture clings together and leaves the sides of the pan.
4. Allow mixture to cool and then place in a mixing bowl.
5. Using an electric beater add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
6. Place a tablespoonful of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet, repeat and bake for 10 minutes at 200 and then reduce heat and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 until dry and light brown.
7. Remove from the oven and pierce each éclair with a knife. If still wet inside return to oven for a few extra minutes.
8. Remove and let cool.
9. Slit and fill with the chocolate mousse.
10. To make the chocolate mousse, heat the chocolate over a double boiler untill smooth.
11. Separate the eggs and add the yolks to the warm chocolate beating them in. Set aside
12. Beat the egg whites with a ¼ cup sugar until soft peaks.
13. Beat the cream with the other ¼ cup of sugar until soft peaks.
14. Fold the chocolate into the cream and then fold in the egg whites..
15. Place in the fridge to set.
16. Once set fill eclairs with the chocolate mousse.
17. For the Chocolate Topping, Heat the cream, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
18. Drizzle over the filled eclairs.

Crepe Suzette’s 

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CREPES
1 Cup All Purpose (Cake) Flour
2 Tbls Melted Butter Or Oil
2 Tbls Sugar
½ Cup Milk/Almond Milk
1 Cup Water
3 Eggs

SAUCE
½ Cup Sugar
500 Ml Orange Juice
2 Tbls Lemon Juice
Rind Of 2 Oranges
Segments Of 3 Oranges.

METHOD
Crepes
1. In a bowl whisk flour, sugar, water, milk, eggs butter/oil until smooth.
2. Allow mixture to stand covered for one hour.
3. Makes about 24 crepes.
4. Can be made the day before and left covered in the refrigerator.

Sauce
1. Heat sugar in a saucepan and allow to caramelise until a light golden.
2. Add the rind and stir.
3. Add the orange and lemon juice and stir until the caramel dissolves.
4. Fold the crepes into quarters and immerse in the juice.
5. Add the segments.
6. Can serve as is or you can heat 2 tbls brandy, Pour over and light.
Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Mini Loaves

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

This is a very moist dense pumpkin bread due to the high fruit content and low fat content. The recipe can also be made into muffins – adjust baking time to 20-30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

1 ¾ Cups Gluten Free Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1½ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
¾ Cup Puree Pumpkin
2 Ripe Bananas
¼ Cup Applesauce
⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ Dairy Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with non stick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Mix everything together until well combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  6. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the loaf and if it comes out clean the bread is done.

Cheese Cake

image.jpegEveryone loves cheese cake. My family like a creamy cheese cake. I am always asked to make my cheese cake for family and friends and there is never a drop left. The recipe is easy to make bigger as you can increase the size of the cake by a third or more.

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt marie or ginger nut biscuits or graham crackers
100 ml butter or margerine – cold
3 250ml tubs cream cheese
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
250 ml fresh cream
2 tbls cornflour
1 tsp vanilla

METHOD
Oven 160C (300F)
Place biscuits/crackers in a food processor and blitz till fine crumbs. Cut butter/margarine into cubes and drop into the feed tube till well combined with the crumbs. Grease a 30 X 20 cm pie plate and press the crumbs into the plate bringing the crumbs halfway up the sides. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Place the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat till smooth. Pour over the baked crumbs and return to oven for 35 minutes. Switch oven off and leave cheese cake in the oven for a further 30 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from the fridge 2 hrs before serving.

Seven Layer Cookies

I bake these on a parchment lined pan and when cool remove the cookies with the parchment and allow my guests to cut the slice they want. Always the first to go, people can never have enough…..

Ingredients
1 pkt tennis biscuits/graham crackers
100g butter or margerine
2 cups chocolate chips or 1 cup of each peanut butter chips & chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 480g 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Method
Oven 180C 350F
Crumb biscuits/crackers in a zip seal bag and a rolling pin or in a food processor. Cube butter and add to bowl and whizz. If you are doing it in a bag, melt the butter and mix in the crumbs.
Press into a 26 x 38 cm pan. Sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs, Then the chocolate chips and then the nuts over the chips. Evenly drizzle the condensed milk over all the layers. Bake until golden brown around the edges and springy to the touch, about 20-30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack a allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Chocolate Brownies

I have found the perfect brownie recipe. It is made with cocoa and oil so it is dairy free (parev) and oh so good. I make the recipe as is and depending which way my mood takes me I fold through pecan nuts or swirl peanut butter through. They are also wonderful when poured into the pan and a third is swirled with peanut butter, a third with chocolate chips and the other third left plain or pecans dotted over.

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INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup cocoa

METHOD
1. Pre-heat the oven to oven to 160C/325F
2. Place eggs and sugar in a mix-master and beat well together.
3. Add oil and vanilla and mix.
4. Sift flour and cocoa together in a separate mixing bowl and add slowly beating all the time.
5. Grease a large baking tray. I use a 36×28 cm pan.
6. Pour the mixture in and bake for 25 minutes.
7. Leave to cool in the pan before cutting into squares and place on a serving platter.

Adjustments:
1. Add 1 cup chocolate chips and fold in before baking.
2. Add 100g broken pecan nuts and fold through before baking.
3. Swirl a few tbls of peanut butter through before baking (pictured)
4. Once the brownies come out the oven and cool you can spread melted chocolate over. Leave to set before removing from the pan.

Milk tart (Melktert)

Melktert is a South African custard tart. It does not require any baking so if you do not have an oven this tart can be easily made. The cinnamon sprinkled over the top of the tart changes it from a custard tart to a Melktert.

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INGREDIENTS
1 pkt tennis biscuits or graham crackers. Tennis biscuits have coconut in them so I would add some dessicated coconut if you are using graham crackers
4 tbls butter or margarine.

1. Crush the biscuits/crackers till powdery.
2. Add the melted butter/marg and mix well.
3. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a large pyrex rectangular dish until the entire dish is coated with an even layer.

FILLING
4 cups milk
2 1/2 tbls flour
2 1/2 tbls cornflour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
5 ml vanilla extract
1 tbls butter/margarine
cinnamon

1. Pour the milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
2. Mix the eggs, flour, cornflour & vanilla together in a separate mixing bowl.
3. Remove the boiling milk from the heat and slowly add to the egg mixture stirring all the time.
4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and put it back on the heat, stir until the mixture thickens to a thick custard (coats the back of the spoon).
5. Add the butter/margarine and beat in.
6. Pour into the biscuit/cracker shell.
7. Sprinkle with cinnamon to coat the surface.
8. Allow to cool and refrigerate before serving.
9. Remove from the fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert. We were recently in Italy, this was served at almost every restaurant we visited. The rich, creamy cheese mixture is perfectly complimented by the sharp sweet coffee coated Lady fingers. It’s light, smooth and creamy – perfect with an short strong espresso.

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INGREDIENTS

4 eggs
150 ml castor sugar
500 ml marscapone cheese
250 ml fresh cream
2 pkts lady fingers/ finger biscuits
300ml sweetened very strong coffee (use Nescafe or a pure coffee)

METHOD

1. Separate eggs into two medium sized bowls.
2. For the egg yolks, add the castor sugar and beat until the mixture is thick and light.
3. Add marscapone cheese to yolk mixture and beat until the mixture gets thick.
4. For the egg whites, whip until egg whites are thick.
5. pour the cream into a medium sized bowl and Whip the cream until thick.
6. Fold the cheese mixture gently into cream mixture.
7. Gently fold stiff egg whites into cheese mixture.
8. Make coffee mixture and pour into a shallow container.
9. Layer one third of the mixture in a large glass dish.
10. Dip lady fingers quickly into the coffee and layer over the cheese mixture making sure they fully cover the mixture.
11. Add next third layer and then another layer of dipped biscuits.
12. Place the last third of the mixture on top.
13. Smooth, cover and place in fridge.
14. Just before serving sprinkle with drinking chocolate and serve

 

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This recipe is best made 3 days before serving and kept in the fridge so the flavours can all blend together.
It can also be frozen and served as an ice-cream. If I am making this into ice-cream, I then use tennis biscuits (you can substitute graham crackers if you cannot get tennis biscuits) and between each layer grate some dark chocolate. Use a large loaf tin and line it with clingwrap so once it is frozen the clingwrap can help to lift the ice-cream out. Place the ice cream on a platter dish, remove clingwrap and cover with grated chocolate.