I bet you guys didn’t know that I love cooking? Growing up, my sister and I were expected to have started the evening meal by the time my folks got home from work, so cooking is something that I’ve always done and enjoyed.
The good people at Natures Farms challenged me a few weeks back to come up with a South African recipe with a twist and I was so chuffed. A cooking challenge? Me : “Whoo hoooo!”
Then I got thinking about what I constituted as traditional South African food… Braai’s, Bobotie, Koeksusters (ooh I should have done these actually), Melktert, Pap en sous, Morogo… I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a sweet dish or a savory dish, so I just thought “fudge it, I’m going to do both.”
For my sweet offering, I decided to give a new twist to a dish that I am sure is a favourite in every South African home – the Melktert! The recipe I used makes two smallish tarts or one large one.
Microwave Ginger & Clementine Melktert
6 cups Full cream milk
3 whole Clementine’s
3/4 cups White sugar
5 tbsp Natures Farms cake wheat flour
5tbsp Maizina (I actually used 10tbsp of the Natures Farms cake wheat flour)
1 tbsp Butter
5ml Vanilla essence
1 packet Natures Farms Ginger Biscuits
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
Extract juice of the 3 clementines
Pour the milk & clementine juice in a large dish and microwave for approximately 15 – 20 minutes to boiling point.
Crush your Natures Farms Ginger Biscuits and pack them in your tart dish for the base.
Cream the butter & sugar together
Add the eggs and mix
Add the maizina & flour & mix well
Thinly grate rinds of the clementine peels and add to the mixture (this is an optional step but I found it added GREAT flavour and a new texture dimension to the tart)
Once milk is boiled pour the flour mixture in (be careful because it can bubble over, pour a drop first and then the rest) and mix well
Microwave 6 minutes & stir well twice in-between
Add the vanilla essence and mix
Pour mixture into your tart dish on top of the Natures Farms Ginger biscuits
Sprinkle cinnamon to taste on top of mixture
Thinly grate some clementine rinds on top of mixture and add garnish if required
Set in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes
EAT & ENJOY!
My family loved this twisted Melktert and squashed it in 2 days flat! You can purchase your Natures Farms products at your local Pick n Pay (and get some Super Animal cards while you’re at it) and try out my twisted Melktert for yourself – if you do try it please let me know what you thought!
Keep an eye out for my SAVORY dish which was my personal best of the two I created!
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