Heritage day baking recipes
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.
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
desserts together, in this case peppermint crisp tart and ice cream
sandwich, is one of the trendiest things to do at the moment.
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!
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!
Try the recipe.
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.