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Recipe for Brandy Pudding

The recipe I am going to share with you today is about 350 years ancient! A fantastic favourite from the Cape where the first brandy from Cape grapes were distilled in 1672! We have come a very long way since then when it comes to the quality of our brandy, but still, Cape Brandy Pudding remains an ancient time favourite :) Growing up in South Africa is fantastic fun with all the recipes your mother makes and teaches you during your younger years!


250 g of dates (remove the pits), cut up
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup boiling water
½ cup butter/margarine
½ cup sugar
2 eggs, whisked
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Cut the dates, add the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda to halve of the dates, stir and let it cool down.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar and add the beaten eggs. Mix very well.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add.
4. Add the rest of the dates and walnuts. Then add the dates in water and mix very well.
5. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake in a pre-heated oven of 180°C for 30 – 40 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and pour the warm syrup over the warm pudding.

1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup brandy

1. Boil together the sugar, butter and water for 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add vanilla and brandy. Mix well.
3. Pour warm over the warm pudding and serve with cream or ice cream.

There is nothing nicer to warm you up on a cold day! Delight in your dessert and make sure to try out some more traditional South African recipes!


About the author: Lizel Salter is a very keen cooking fanatic and the writer of Simply South African. You can check out the book, read more on travelling to South Africa and fascinating information about this sunny country at recipesfromsouthafrica.com recipesfromsouthafrica.com

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