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The South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

feastt_admin | September 29, 2017

Melktert, Africans for “milk tart”, is a popular South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling made from milk, flour, sugar, and eggs. It is like a custard pie but more delicate, with a lighter texture and a strong milk presence. It is more of a pudding but with a crust. It is made with a sweet pastry crust often referred to as Pate sablée. Milk tart is easy to make and all the ingredients are right in your pantry. So you don’t need to do some extra shopping just to buy the ingredients needed for making this delicious dessert. Milk tart is considered as one of those quick and easy tarts. This dessert is also best for afternoon snacks and on holiday season.
The South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

How to make the South African Milk Tart:

Ingredients:

Sucre Patee (Pastry Crust):

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar powdered sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 stick plus 1tablespoon 9 tablespoons very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 1 large egg yolk

Milk Filling:

• 2 1/4 cups milk
• 2 tablespoon butter
• 2 tablespoons flour
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
• ½ tablespoon almond extract
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon nutmeg or replace with cinnamon

Instructions:

Pastry Crust:

1. Butter or spray a 9-inch pie pan with a removable bottom – making sure it is has been adequately sprayed. Set aside
2. Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor pulse for a couple of times to mix ingredients.
3. Throw in butter and pulse until rough dough forms.
4. Then add eggs a little at a time – pulse until the dough barely comes.
5. Remove dough place on a work surface – knead just enough to incorporate all the dough. Working the dough as little as possible.
6. Do not overwork the dough; otherwise, it’ll be too tough. When it’s ready, the dough will be barely moistened and come together into a ball.
7. Lightly press the dough into the prepared pie pan – working from the center up until the bottom and sides are fully covered with pastry – again be very gentle when pressing the dough into the pie pan.
8. Place pie pan in the freezer and freeze for at least 30 minutes or more this helps prevent the dough from rising- if you are in a rush brick, then bake with beans to prevent rising.
9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven
10. Bake crust for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is dry and golden brown.
11. Set aside.

Milk Filling:

1. Place saucepan over medium heat, add butter, nutmeg, and milk -bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
2. In another bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla and almond extract- whisk in eggs until smooth. Gently whisk into the saucepan making sure there are no lumps
3. Now return the pan back on the stove – keep stirring constantly until it starts to bubble.
4. Cook for about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour mixture into the baked pastry shell Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill until ready to be served.
milk tart

Recipe by: Immaculate Bites

Some useful tips:

• You can make the crust ahead of time, bake and leave out until ready to be used.
• Use store-bought pastry pie if you are press for time.
• Switch up the flavors, I used nutmeg and cinnamon- just love the flavor combination.
• A lot of recipes call for throwing in a cinnamon stick so it infuses the milk mixture – if you have some handy by all means use it, if not just use cinnamon spice.

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Perfect Creamy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Feastt Editor | January 9, 2016

In some way, garlic bread appears to be the most perfect side dish for a wide number of recipes. It can be great along with pastas (such as the Spaghetti Pie), soups (just like the Lasagna Soup), and even salads! With just the appropriate amount of garlic, butter, as well as cheese, this will make the perfect Creamy Cheesy Garlic Bread!  This particular bread includes a perfect garlicky taste as well as an ooey-gooey cheesy top. Everyone can’t say no to this!

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of ciabatta bread or sour dough bread

1½ cups deli sliced mozzarella cheese (or shredded)

1 tbs fresh parsley or ½ tbs of dried parsley

3 large crushed garlic cloves

1 cup butter

2 tbsps.olive oil

Pepper and salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend the parsley, garlic cloves, as well as olive oil in a smaller food processor till the garlic breaks down right into tiny pieces. In case you are using sliced mozzarella, pile the cheese slices and cut into one inch squares.
  1. Heat up the butter over medium heat in a tiny saucepan. Once the butter melts, add some sliced garlic into the butter together with a pinch of salt and pepper and let the mixture to cook for just two minutes, stir as needed so that the garlic doesn’t go brown. Remove from the heat.
  1. Place a tray on the middle of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 375ºF. Employing a sharp serrated knife, create one inch diagonal cuts throughout the loaves of bread making certain that you do not cut the bread all throughout. Make use of a spoon to drizzle the particular garlic butter right into the cuts of the bread. Pile 3-4 cheese squares and then site them on the cuts. Put the garlic bread over a sheet of foil and fold up the edges. Utilize a second piece to cover up the top end (This will be remove later on). Let the bread to cook for around ten minutes. Take off the top piece of foil and let the bread to bake for one more ten minutes or till the cheese melts entirely. Then you can serve this warm.

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Healthy and Tasty Summer Salad  

Feastt Editor | January 9, 2016

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With all the bounty of delightful summer vegetables you can find at your backyard or farmers’ market, this is the time for making salads!  These salads are easy and quick, involve minimal or no cooking, and they are the best way to savor all of the supply which is in season right now. Dig right into a fresh, cool salad to get a perfect summer meal.

This fresh salad recipe is definitely not common. Our alluring blends of seasonal fruits and vegetables get together with scrumptious dressings. Enjoy this sensorial flavor burst summer salad.

INGREDIENTS:

Dressing

1 tbsp of oil

2 tsp of butter/oil

¼ tsp of garlic, crushed

2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

4 tbsp of honey

2 tsp of shredded basil

2 tsp of medium curry powder

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Pepper and salt

1 tsp of Sriracha sauce

1 finely sliced chilli

1 big bunch crisp cos salad leaves (or lettuce)

1 can KOO Chickpeas, drained

1 can KOO Pear halves, drained and cut up into thicker wedges

¼ cup  toasted pecans, whole Almonds or walnuts

½ cup peppadews, cut in half

½ cup feta cheese, cut in cubes

KITCHEN GADGETS:

Fry pan, whisk, salad platter, mixing pan

METHOD:

  1. Spicy Chickpeas: Heat up the butter/oil mix and then add some chilli as well as curry powder, fry for just a minute. Never let it burn up. Put the Koo chickpeas and blend to mix together. Season properly using salt and pepper and squeeze a lot of lemon. Blend gently and put aside for cooling.
  2. Dressing: Blend all ingredients all together and let it infuse for about ten minutes, Blend along with the diced feta cheese and combine gently to blend. Put aside till arranging the salad.
  3. Assembly: Assemble cos lettuce at the base of the serving plate or bowl. Cover lettuce with cooled spicy chickpea blend. Assemble the Pear quarters as well as peppardews on top.  Finally, spoon the marinated feta cheese on the salad and after that drizzle left over salad dressing equally throughout the entire salad. Cool until all set to serve.
  4. Garnish using sliced spring onion or chives.

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