With Heritage Day around the corner, we had to know with which dessert South Africans will be rounding off their celebrations.
At Food24, we’re always looking for an excuse to dig into a sweet treat, and Heritage Day is no exception. But we had to know we’re not alone. So, we asked you, the Food24 community, if dessert plays as big a role in your Heritage Day celebrations. And, we must admit, the answer was more ambivalent than we’d expected, with only 59% saying yes. 59%! What is the world coming to, we exclaimed! But for those of you who haven’t yet discovered that any Heritage Day celebration is that much sweeter with a sweet ending, we hope this article will inspire you to whip out your baking trays, don your aprons, and get cooking and baking with us.
Homemade is where the heart is
Where we weren’t disappointed is with the number of South Africans who believe homemade just tastes better. We wholeheartedly agree with the 90% of our community who said they prefer homemade desserts over store-bought.
We’re also proud to see that only 3% of the Food24 community said they “never” have dessert after family lunch – 40% are on the right track, sharing that they “always” have dessert, while the majority (57%) are more balanced eaters, saying that they “sometimes” have dessert. We hear you … everything in moderation, right?
Peppermint Crisp tart leads the way … but only just
So, when you are making and eating dessert, what are you enjoying? Again, some surprises lay in store. While this Peppermint Crisp tart remains Food24’s most viewed recipe, it seems many of you are ready to try something new, with only 44% voting Peppermint Crisp tart as the ultimate dessert. Koeksisters came a close second (with 41% of the vote), even more closely followed by trifle (39%). Also earning some points were malva pudding (31%) and milk tart (21%).
MUST-TRY RECIPE: South African koeksisters
Regardless of which dessert you chose, though, ice cream seems to be the preferred accompaniment, with 46% of the vote.
8 South African desserts to celebrate Heritage Day
- Milk tart spring rolls
- Pink lamingtons
- Lemon meringue tart
- Fancy cakes
- Air-fried milk tart-inspired cinnamon buns
- Air-fried koeksister bites
- Peppermint Crisp cheesecake