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Heritage day baking recipes

Peppermint crisp tart ice cream sandwiches, milk tart pancakes, rooibos koeksisters and hertzoggie slices.

by: Katelyn Williams | 23 Sep 2013
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As South Africans, we celebrate by eating and Heritage day is no exception.

My question is not what you will be braaing (because we all know that everyone will be slapping a tjoppie, steak or boerewors on the grill) but rather, what will you be baking?

Our food culture is sprinkled with baked treats and we really do have a sweet tooth! Koeksisters loaded with syrup, peppermint crisp tart swirled with caramel, hertzoggies filled with jam, pancakes sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and malva pudding drenched in sticky sauce. There’s a common thread here isn't there - sugar.

Old favourites

But for a special day, the ordinary just won’t do. So I set out to give our old favourites, a little twist, just for something a little different. And because double desserts are such a big trend right now, I fused a few of them. Because two is always better than one.

Milk tart pancakes

There is nothing more South African than cinnamon-sugar dusted pancakes, except milk tart, of course, and this recipe is the best of both. The creamy filling is quick to make and once you’ve tried it, you’ll be addicted. The two were simply made for each other!

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Peppermint crisp tart ice cream sandwiches

Fusing two desserts together, in this case peppermint crisp tart and ice cream sandwich, is one of the trendiest things to do at the moment.

Banana split cheesecake, apple crumble cupcakes or smores brownies - you get the idea. Why? Because if you have ever had to choose between two desserts, you'll know that it's a torturous nightmare.

Two desserts in one. Problem solved!

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Rooibos koeksisters

We love koeksisters so much there is even a monument dedicated to the treat in Orania in the Northern Cape. And what could be more South African than a sticky koeksister?
Well, one drenched in rooibos syrup, of course!

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Hertzoggie slices

With their crisp shortbread cups, jammy centres and fluffy, coconutty (that's a word) topping, Hertzoggies are just the perfect accompaniment to a cup of milky rooibos tea. My only problem with them is they're a bit of a pain to make. Well, in their defence, any little tart is a mission. So these slices are my shortcut to sweetness.

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Katelyn Williams writes the beautiful blog The Kate Tin. Follow her on Twitter.

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