So, I’ve been stuffing my face with an embarrassing amount of sweets in the past two months. My curiosity often gets the best of me, and before I know it I’m not just eating one pudding (SA word for dessert, not the jello instant pudding that American’s know!) at the braai, my bowl is filled to the brim with all four. There isn’t a cupcake that’s goes untasted, or a biscuit (cookie) that goes untouched.
Through my sugar highs I’ve noticed that some of these SA sweets stand out over the rest, so to spare you the unnecessary calories, I have put together a list of the top 5 South African Desserts that you MUST try.
5. Melktert (aka Milk Tart) – This is a distinctively Afrikaans dish with Dutch Origin. (Melktert is the Afrikaans word for Milk Tart). The base is a pastry crust and the filling is a creamy dreamy custard. The sprinkle of cinnamon on top is perfection. Here is a Melktert recipe to try.
4. Jelly Eggs – So this isn’t something you would bring over to a friends for dessert, but whenever I see these in the store I can’t NOT buy them. They are absolutely addicting. A crunchy outer shell layer of milk chocolate and a gooey-chewy-jelly inside.
3. Koeksisters – (Pronounced cook-sisters) – My first words after taking a bite of one of these babies were “I think I just got a cavity.” A koeksister is essentially a deep-fried pastry. It looks almost like a doughnut, but don’t let it fool you! There is nothing “light” about this! They have a dense, moist inside and a syrupy coating on the outside. Here is the Master Chef recipe.
2. MilkyLane Waffle – “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first” – this quote decorates the wall of our local Milky Lane, and one day my husband and I followed it. Instead of dinner, I had cinnamon sugar pancakes (which I learned are basically crepes) and I “sampled” far too much of Jono’s waffle. After the fourth bite he was practically shielding it from my spoon. Thus my love affair with the Milky Lane waffle, and their soft serve began. They have the creamiest, vanillaiest (pretty sure I made that word up) soft serve ever, and a cone is ridiculously cheap.
1. Malva Pudding – I first sampled Malva Pudding on my trip to South Africa in 2010. It was at Jono’s aunt’s house, and one bite of this moist, spongy, HOMEMADE, delicious creation, and I was in heaven. I’ve been told Auntie’s Malva Pudding is one of the best gifts of all at Christmas dinner and I can see why. Give me Malva pudding over a package of socks any day! Of course I HAD to have the recipe, and I am proud to say I was successful at replicating this divine dessert in the states on a couple of occasions. Sadly, the recipe is buried in a storage unit in Florida, but this one seems quite similar.
This is Malva I made from a Woolworth’s boxed recipe. Not the prettiest, but still tasty! (PS – that yellowish looking goo on top is called “UltraMel” and it is a pre-made custard that my husband lives for! For my friends in the states who don’t have it, you can top your Malva with cream or vanilla ice cream!