Caramelised Onion and Feta Tart

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This is a super easy, tasty tart for a light snack or with pre-drinks. I cheated a little and added some of Woolworth’s Onion Marmalade simply because my family loves it and it really did make it just that more flavourful and saves a lot of time and effort.

Ingredients:

  • 1 purple onion, sliced
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 60ml water
  • half a packet ready rolled puff pastry, and flour for rolling
  • 1 egg, for brushing
  • 100 g feta cheese, diced
  • 4 tsp onion marmalade
  • Watercress or Rocket, for decoration

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Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a baking tray by lining it with baking paper.
  2. Heat a large saucepan with a little oil and fry the onion until brown. Add the water and the sugar and let it simmer until the water is reduced to a thick syrup.
  3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface according to packet instructions. Cut the sides to make it more even.
  4. Move the pastry to the baking tray and fold the sides over to create an edge. This will prevent the syrup from leaking on to the tray (though a little of mine did still leak).
  5. Scoop the onions on to the tart and be sure to pour the syrup in the centre as it will spread. Place the Feta cheese on top of the onions.
  6. Bake for 15 min or until golden.
  7. Scoop the onion marmalade on the tart once removed from the oven and spread slightly. Decorate with the watercress or rocket and serve.

PS- I only used half of the pack for the tart, so if you plan on making a large tart using the entire packet of pastry you should double the recipe.

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Champagne Float

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This is one of the best ideas I’ve come across for Christmas leftovers. We always have a little Champagne/Sparkling wine and plain ice cream leftover so this is great for clearing the fridge. It doesn’t even matter if the Champagne isn’t as fizzy as it was to begin with as it still tastes great!

I won’t call this a recipe, but rather an idea. Scoop a little ice cream in a champagne glass and top up with Champagne. Finish with fresh berries or cherries and enjoy!

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Outydse soetkoekies

100_1953‘Outydse soetkoekies’ are traditional South African butter and sugar biscuits that translates as ‘old fashioned sweet biscuit’, though it isn’t as catchy as in Afrikaans (my home language). It is perfect for the festive season as the aroma of the spices fills the home and has become a Christmas tradition in our home.

Ingredients:

  • 185g butter
  • 375ml sugar
  • 15ml Marsala
  • 1 egg
  • 625ml flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 15ml Mixed Spice
  • 20ml Cinnamon
  • 60ml sugar, for dusting

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to a 180°C. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with baking paper and spray it with Spray-and-Cook or something similar.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and Marsala.
  3. Sift and mix all the dry ingredients together.
  4. Beat the egg into the butter mixture.
  5. Mix the butter mixture with the dry ingredients by gently kneading until it forms a stiff dough. Add a little extra flour if necessary.
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until o,5cm thick. Cut-out desired shapes and place on baking tray.
  7. Sprinkle unbaked biscuits with sugar and gently press it slightly into the dough.
  8. Bake for 8-10min until slightly golden brown. Let cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.

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Raspberry Chocolate Tart

100_3880This is the perfect indulgent summer dessert. The raspberries balance the sweet, creamy chocolate filling and the crispy pastry adds the perfect finishing touch to the smooth center.

Pastry

  • 220g butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 500g flour

Chocolate Filling

  • 120g butter
  • 450g chocolate, half dark chocolate half milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 165g castor sugar
  • 80 ml cream
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 150g raspberries, halved (to top)

Preheat oven at 180 ⁰ C

To make the pastry

Combine the butter and sugar in a blender and then add the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour and mix until it forms a dough. Cover in cling-wrap and refrigerate for one hour or more.

Remove from refrigerator and press into tart tins (at least 10cm). This is best done by pressing tiny pieces of dough into the shells, but try to make the shell as even as possible.

Place the tins in the fridge for 30 min before blind baking for 15 min or until slightly golden. Remove and allow to cool whilst preparing the filling.

 To make the filling

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler (or recreate the effect with one small pot and a slightly larger one) over low heat.

Beat the eggs, castor sugar, cream and vanilla together until it is light and fluffy.

Pour the butter and chocolate mixture into the egg mixture whilst beating continuously. Pour into the cooled tart shells.

Bake for 15 min. Allow the tarts to cool completely before removing from the tins.

Decorate with halved raspberries.

Makes 18 small tarts.

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Strawberry Popsicles

From theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com

Lately I’ve seen many recipes for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but at R600 it is a little to expensive for me. Then I found a plastic ice-cream mold at my local Spar for only R20- score! I coudn’t wait to try some of those delicious recipes. This one is super easy and quick. I made it this weekend with some over-ripe strawberries and it came out divine!

Ingedients:

  • 250 ml water
  • 125 ml sugar
  • 200 g strawberries, hulled and pulped in a food processor
  1. Boil the water and sugar on the stove top until all the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool.
  2. Wash the strawberries, hull them and blend in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add the syrup mixture and blend.
  4. Pour into mold and place in the deep-freeze.

This is where you have to have patience! I waited overnight and was rewarded the following morning with some yummie popsicles!

PS: As photography isn’t my strong point I borrowed this picture from The Slow Roasted Italian. Mine came out looking exactly like that. For a slight zing you can follow their recipe and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the mixture.

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