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Iconic South African Desserts Recipes Anyone Can Make

Most South Africans love sweet things......

And when that sweet tooth comes knock'in.....

South Africans dish up a storm of luscious dessert options ....

Whether it is decadent brandy pudding aka tipsy tart, fried dough soaked in syrup (Koeksister) or a delicious milk tart that strikes your fancy, these iconic South African desserts will suit just about anyone looking for a sweet treat....

Here is a list of, while not exhaustive, of South Africa's most iconic dessert recipes below that you can make today....


1. Malva Pudding 

 Malva Pudding by Dearra Prop

What is Malva Pudding? 

Malva pudding is a sweet sponge-like cake pudding of South African origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized pudding texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. Many South African restaurants offer it.


2.The Original Melktert – Milk Tart Recipe Your "Ouma" Use To Make


Melktert Recipe by The South African Chef 

What is Melktert or Milk Tart?

It is a classic South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust, filled with a mild, creamy custard of milk, flour, sugar and eggs, baked in a round pie tin and dusted with cinnamon after baking. 

South African celebrate even celebrate this iconic dessert on the 27 February:) 

Click on the link and try this legendary milk tart recipe today


3.  Cape Brandy Pudding

Cape Brandy Pudding by Sue-Ann 

What is Cape Brandy Pudding ?

Cape Brandy Pudding is a traditional South African baked pudding made with sticky dates, pecan nuts and cinnamon vanilla and of course a good ole brandy sauce to spice things up. 

Join Sue-Ann as she shares the secret to this delicious dessert 

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4. Justin Bonello’s Hertzoggies


Hertzoggies Recipe by Justin Bonellos

What is Hertzoggies ?

 A Hertzzoggie is a jam-filled tartlet or cookie with a coconut topping commonly served on a cup-like pastry base.  

Very interesting story about Herzoggies....

According to Cape Malay food expert Cass Abrahams, who was quoted in Gabeba Baderoon’s book Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid, Hertzoggies were invented when JBM Hertzog (South Africa’s prime minister from 1924 to 1939) was running for prime minister.

He reportedly made two promises: that he would give the women the vote and that he would give the Cape Malay people the same rights as white people. It’s believed that the Malay community was excited about this good news and so they created a little treat from that started with a pastry base and was topped with apricot jam and coconut. They then called it a Hertzoggie in honour of General Hertzog.

The story takes a turn, however – when he came into power, Hertzog only fulfilled one promise. He allowed women to vote, but he didn’t deliver on his promise to ensure equality between the Cape Malay people and whites. Naturally, the Malay community was upset so they took that very same Hertzoggie, covered it with two-tone icing and called it a twee-gevreetjie (little hypocrite).

Try Justin Bonello's recipe that comes from his cook book Cooked In the Karoo 


5. Koeksister Recipe


Koeksister Recipe by Bets Miedema

What is a koeksister ?

A koeksister is a traditional South African confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup.

Try out this recipe by Bet Miedema.

Bet Miedema lived in the Klipriver and was truly a master baker of her time, she helped out a ton of charities for raising fund and baked them for her grandchildren who loved "Beppe's" (Ouma in Dutch) koeksisters.


6. Peppermint Crips Tart

Peppermint Crips Tart

How to make peppermint crisp tart

What is Peppermint Crips Tart? 

One of South Africa's most loved desserts The Peppercrisp Tart. Layered with coconut Tennis Biscuits,  whipped cream, caramel and sometimes condensed milk too, topped with delicious Peppermint Crisp Chocolate.

Click on the link How to make peppermint crisp tart and make this decandent dessert today.


7. Pumpkin fritters

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters By Fazila

What is Pumpkin Fritters ?

South African pumpkin fritters are light , fluffy pumpkin cookies that literally melts in your mouth. Often times drizzled with caramel sauce for just for the sake of indulgence.

Try this traditional quick and easy recipe by Fazila Olla-Logday


 8. Sago Melkkkos (Sago Pudding) Recipe

Sago Pudding

Sago Pudding Recipe by The South African Chef  

What is Sago Pudding ? 

Sago pudding a truly South African dessert recipe,  is made up of milk, flour, butter, salt, eggs, cinnamon and sugar. Its cheap to make but absolutely delicious. 

Try out this recipe today 




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