Being South African means that we indulge in a traditional dessert called 'Milk Tart'. It is a custard based tart, with flavours of coconut and cinnamon. It is delicious! Well, I think so anyway. It is not at all what the writing on it says below...That's just me trying to put everyone off...so there would be more left over in the fridge for midnight trips to the fridge!
This is more like it! There is only one word for it really...'Lekker!' This means 'toe-curlingly, in-my happy-place good'!
This recipe is a quickie. There are many more complex versions of this dessert...making your own pastry case and using different ingredients for instance. However, a very clever lady shared this version with me a few years back, and I will forever be indebted to her! It is a winner, and as easy as pie..
* 2x packs of 'Nice' biscuits (UK) Any other coconut based biscuit would work.
* 2 liters of milk (Semi-skimmed or whole)
* 1 packet of instant custard powder
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup cornflour
* Cinnamon for sprinkling on top
Put all the dry ingredients into a big pot. Add enough cold milk to mix to a paste. Start heating on the hob/stove. Gradually add the rest of the milk, and keep stirring with a wooden spoon or whisk. Now, be patient! You'll be stirring for a while as it heats up. Do not leave to go and check Facebook! Keep stirring. Keep the heat low...keep stirring. If you leave it unattended, it will catch at the bottom, and you'll end up with a nasty burnt taste in your custard! After a while (okay, quite a while), the mixture will thicken into a lovely custard. When it looks thick, and drops off the spoon slowly, it is ready. Lay your biscuits in two layers in the bottom of a rectangular dish. You may wish to use a round dish, but then you'll have to smash the biscuits into a crumb base, mix it with a little melted butter, and tap it down into a base...Too much work! Slowly pour the custard over the biscuit base. You might want to ladle it over slowly, otherwise your biscuits will separate, and swim to the top!
Pop it into the fridge to set. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the top before serving. I sprinkle a bit of sugar on too for extra sweetness. Eat. Eat some more. Lick out the bowl. Put the bowl back in the cupboard...no need to wash!....okay, maybe skip that last bit and pop it in the dishwasher!
That's it! Apart from sweet delights, a few more snaps of loveliness...I was given a beautiful vinyl record player for my birthday (thank you super-duper most marvellous friends!) It sits inside the cheeriest baby blue suitcase, perfect for carting around. Oh be still my beating heart....
And of course, what would a birthday be without blooms?
May the weekend be a good one! Blessings counted, I count it as one very much needed right now!