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Dessert

When you sandwich tangy, tropical guava custard between a slice of Swiss roll and a layer of unbaked cheesecake, you get a guava tart. We guarantee it will make your toes curl.

Caramel apple tart – apple slices nestled on cake batter; baked and then smothered in a creamy syrup – might well be one of South Africa's most popular apple tart recipes. It is delicious served hot or cold, and with or without custard or vanilla ice-cream.

Custard dumplings, while not as famous as traditional South African Souskluitjies (dumplings), are delicious (especially on a cold rainy day) and easy to make. The only downside we can think of is the fact that they disappear very, very quickly. It is the sort of dish that makes you watch your fellow table-mates very closely.

It is not easy to describe a frozen Peppermint Crisp tart. You can think of it as crunchy, mint ice cream, or as peppermint ice cake, or as slices or heaven, or perhaps slices of pure evil. It depends on your point of view. Perhaps you should try it and see for yourself.

This is a lovely chocolaty chocolate mousse, and better still, one that sets quickly. We use either milk or dark chocolate – or even a combination of the two – depending on the preferences of the feasters.

Why do people love crème brûlée so much? We think it is how you have to crack through the crispy sugar-topping to get to the heavenliest of all custards. It is a very elegant desert, and usually expensive when you order it in a restaurant – but is actually very easy to make. Especially this recipe, demonstrated by the French pastry chef Guillaume Nicoli on NZ television, as it does not require the use of a bain-marie (water bath) to cook.

Buttermilk pudding is a very traditional baked pudding in South Africa. It is a light pudding, with a creamy spongy texture, and we love it.

Although buttermilk pudding is great on its own, the orange sauce described in this recipe is a perfect companion if you feel a little more adventurous. 

One of our Rainbow Cooking readers, June Rodgers from Cape Town, kindly send us this delicious recipe that combines a lovely caramel flavour with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. We followed June’s suggestion to try buttermilk instead of sour cream, and declare this pudding a winner. We simply love it.

If you're looking for a South-African dessert or afternoon tea-time treat that can be made on either the stove-top or in the microwave oven, instead of being baked in a conventional oven, you will find this unbaked milk tart to be quick, easy, creamy and delicious.

We love it when the first strawberries of the season announce the eminent arrival of summer, even if they tend to be a bit tart. This is fortunately not a problem, if you serve them with balsamic vinegar!

There are no words to describe tiramisu when it's been made with the correct ingredients. In fact, the literal meaning of Tiramisu, which is "pick-me-up", is bit of an understatement. Tiramisu is a desert worthy of a special occasion: neither making nor eating it may be rushed.

This simple sago pudding is just as satisfying as sago pudding with meringue topping, but somewhat easier to make. Jaco considers it to be one of Marietjie's top puddings.

Combining cinnamon and apricot jam, this sago pudding is creamy, comforting, and quite representative of South African cooking.

This recipe's secret to success is to allow sufficient time for the sago starch to become translucent, before baking it at a low temperature.

Malva pudding is the ultimate winter dessert. It is rich and syrupy, with a soft spongy texture. Comfort food at its best.

This favourite Cape classic, which goes under at least four names, is one South Africa's best-known traditional recipes. With good reason too: it is simply divine.

Pineapple tart is a refreshing tart with a tropical flavour. The traditional recipe requires ingredients that are common in South Africa but hard to find elsewhere, but this recipe use New Zealand ingredients.

A Peppermint Crisp Tart is an incredibly rich, flavoursome, and refreshing tart, bad for strict diets, but well-loved by generations of South Africans. It use typical South African ingredients that may be hard to find outside South Africa, but this recipe has been adapted with alternative ingredients.

A strawberry mousse that melts in your mouth, combined with crispy meringue.