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Totally South African Peppermint Crisp
Who knows when, where or how this totally South African dessert came into being? One thing is for sure, you won’t find peppermint crisp in the UK. So this recipe didn’t come from England or surrounds. I haven’t a clue but it’s been around as long as I remember.
Peppermint Crisp Tart is not a true traditional recipe but it’s a celebration tradition in many South African homes. Often made for birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, this unsophisticated pudding is loved all over the country by young and old alike.
It isn’t surprising! This is a gooey, creamy sort of Tiramisu-type cold dessert without the alcohol. But where Tiramisu is slightly bitter, slightly alcoholic and not too sweet, appealing mostly to adults, Peppermint Crisp Tart is universally tempting for everybody. Just pure sweet, creamy deliciousness with a touch of the minty crunch everyone loves.
South Africa’s Own – Crustless Milk Tart
An Old Time Treasure
This is a classic South African dish, passed down from the original Dutch settlers and the multitudes of inspired Afrikaans wives (boervrou) who are some of their descendants. There must be scores of recipes for milk tart and one or two in every ouma’s (granny’s) recipe collection! Of course, I had to fiddle around to make it healthier by today’s standards. But with the exception of the sugar (I use raw), it is a wholesome and nutritious treat using the whole meal flour. So healthy, in fact, that some of us (ahem, cough, cough), have even been known to eat it for breakfast!
Whip the egg whites till firm and fold into milk mixture with a metal spoon. The resulting mixture will be thin. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be… just put it in the prepared pan or pans. Carefully put it in the oven – the only dangerous step, it’s seriously sloshy – and bake until light brown and firm to the touch – about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven.