Peppermint crisp ice cream pudding cake

September 24th is Heritage Day. As sun-loving South Africans, we hardly need an excuse to head outdoors to light the fires. For everyone who loves cooking over the coals, here is my Heritage Day recipe round up of what to eat this weekend. I know you’re supposed to begin with the savoury stuff, but today we’re starting with dessert. It helps remind you to reserve space for a fittingly sweet finish. First up is a local hero in the pudding world and my personal favourite, Peppermint crisp pudding cake. It’s everything we love about one of South Africa’s most iconic, yet simplest desserts. Sweet caramel cream, peppermint chocolate and buttery biscuity layers. Close on its heels is a milk tart ice cream with gingerbread crumble. A creamy vanilla and cinnamon flavoured treat that’s perfect for ice cream cookie sandwiches. Both are no-churn recipes that make entertaining super simpler and easy.

Milk tart ice cream|gingerbread crumble

Now for something green.. An unusual but delicious combination of savoury and sweet –  Prosciutto and strawberry salad with sprouting broccoli and feta.

Prosciutto, strawberry and feta salad

Corn and halloumi salad

Roasted corn and halloumi salad? Bright flavours with that squeaky cheese that no one can resist!

Best marinated rib eye steak

Best marinated rib-eye steak with basil pesto.

Rosemary and paprika roast chicken

This rosemary and paprika spatchcock chicken is easily adapted for flame grilled cooking. Omit the onions and cook the marinated chicken over hot coals. Like Nando’s chicken in your backyard….

Cranberry and cinnamon rooibos iced tea

Needing something cold, refreshing and thoroughly local? This Cranberry and cinnamon rooibos iced tea is sure to be a summer favourite.

African Amarula gilded chocolate truffles

And for lazy afternoon coffees, a tray of gilded chocolate truffles will most certainly hit the sweet spot. They’re decadently rich and spiked with Amarula liqueur. Wishing you all a truly happy Heritage Day.


6 Comments. Leave new

  • Thank you Di needed inspiration for braai day hope you have a great day with your family!

  • Barbara Gordon
    23 September 2016 3:43 pm

    sorry i don’t understand the instructions. what would be vanilla past be in the US? Do you melt the ice-cream in order to “pour over” ? So many of your recipes look wonderful but hard for us here.

  • Thank you Marina. Hope you find something new and delicious to make.

  • Hi Barbara. You can use vanilla extract or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod instead. The unfrozen ice cream is softly whipped cream and caramel so easily poured/spooned over the biscuit base before going into the freezer to set. You’re more than welcome to pop me a quick mail with other recipe queries.

  • All these food are so yummy looking, Di. Milk tart ice cream is such a genius creation!!!!
    I’m glad I finally got a chance to come visit your blog, and it’s lovely 🙂

  • So nice to have you round Pang! Milk tart is such a traditional favourite here, so having it in ice cream form is doubly delicious.

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