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Grilled Pineapple With Coconut Sugar

Pineapple grilled on a braai is one of my all-time favourite desserts.  Using coconut sugar gives it an extra tropical taste.  Coconut sugar, also know as coconut palm sugar, tastes like caramel flavoured sugar, not like coconut!  It is produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm.  The Glycemic Index of coconut sugar is 35 and is therefore considered to be healthier than refined white sugar  that has a GI of 60 and brown sugar that has a GI of 64.  It can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute for coffee, tea, baking and cooking.  Coconut sugar has a high mineral content, being a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron.  It also contains Vit B1, B2, B3 and B6.
1 or 2 fresh pineapples, trimmed, cored and cut into wedges
30 ml coconut sugar or regular brown sugar (see notes below)
2. 5 ml ground cinnamon
a few drops water
  1. Preheat your braai to a medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and a few drops water in a mixing bowl and brush it onto the pineapple pieces.
  3. When you are ready to braai the pineapple, lightly oil the surface of the grill.
  4. Braai the pineapple for approximately 15 minutes, searing all sides.
  5. Serve on it’s own, or with cream or ice cream.

Variation

Substitute the pineapple for peaches that has been pitted and halved for an equally delicious dessert (see photo below).

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Home-made “Ice-cap” Chocolate Sauce

250 g white, milk or dark chocolate
30 ml coconut oil (see notes)

  1. Chop the chocolate finely.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove or in a heat-proof bowl on the defrost setting in the microwave.
  3. When the chocolate is melted, add the coconut oil and mix well.
  4. To serve, spoon ice-cream into dessert bowls or into ice-cream cones and drizzle the chocolate sauce on top. The chocolate will harden almost instantaneously!

Makes 250 ml

Notes
– Leftover chocolate can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
– Leftover chocolate can be reheated and used as a sauce, but it will lose some of its hardening properties.
– Coconut oil is available from health shops, pharmacies and fruit & veg shops.  See my post Nuts About Coconuts for more info.

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Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

This decadent recipe has been taken from Di Burger’s book “Chocolate’s African Odyssey”.  Read more about the latter and her book Celebrating Méthode Cap Classique here.

8 large pain au chocolat, sliced thickly
150 g dark chocolate, chopped
75 g butter
425 ml whipping cream
60 ml dark rum
110 g caster sugar
good pinch cinnamon
3 large eggs

Meringue
3 egg whites
180 g castor sugar

  1. Butter the sides of a rectangular ovenproof dish.
  2. Place the 150g chocolate, whipping cream, rum, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and melt on medium in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and then whisk in the chocolate mixture until it is smooth.
  4. Spoon about 1 cm layer of the chocolate mixture into the base of the dish and arrange half the croissants over the chocolate in overlapping rows. Sprinkle the chocolate pieces over this.
  5. Pour half of the remaining chocolate mixture all over the croissants as evenly as possible, then arrange the rest of the slices over that, finishing off with a layer of chocolate.
  6. Use a fork to press the croissant gently down so that it gets covered very evenly with the liquid as it cools.
  7. Cover the dish with cling film and allow to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before transferring to the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
  8. When you’re ready to bake the pudding, pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  9. Remove the cling film and bake in the oven on a high shelf for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is crunchy and the inside soft and squidgy.  Remove the dish from the oven and set it aside for 10 minutes.
  10. Turn the oven down to 160º C.
  11. Make meringue with the egg whites and castor sugar and spread gently over the pudding.
  12. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the meringue is set and just starting to colour.
  13. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

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Baked Figs With Honey And Cinnamon

Be sure to double this recipe so that there is leftover to have as breakfast with toasted almonds and thick greek yoghurt!  Be sure to read my post “In season: Figs” for the health benefits and good accompaniments for figs.

12 ripe figs
60 ml brandy or rum
60 ml honey
10 ml ground cinnamon

To serve
250 g Mascarpone cheese or Crème fraîche or vanilla ice-cream.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C .
  2. Cut the figs in half and pack them close together in a shallow ovenproof dish.
  3. Drizzle with the honey and brandy or rum and sprinkle each fig with a generous pinch of cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until softened.
  5. Check the figs after 10 minutes, as they may differ in ripeness slightly and require different cooking times.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with Mascarpone cheese, Crème fraîche or vanilla ice-cream.

4 servings

Variation
Omit the brandy or rum and honey and replace with Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)

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Steamed Lemon Puddings

These delicate sponge puddings has been developed for a steamer, but can be baked in the oven at 180 º C for about 20 minutes.

50 g butter, at room temperature (plus additional for greasing)
50 g white sugar
1 large egg, beaten
30 ml milk
50 g self-raising flour
15 ml lemon zest (finely chopped if you used a zester)
30 ml Bakers Biscuits (e.g. Nutty Crust), processed
30 ml jam, syrup or honey

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Combine the egg and milk in a measuring jug and add to the butter mixture while beating.
  3. Add the flour and lemon zest and fold in gently with a spatula.
  4. Grease two 200 ml ramekins with butter on the bottom and sides.
  5. Divide the biscuit crumbs evenly between the two ramekins. Tap the ramekins against the palm of your hand in order to distribute the crumbs all over the inside of the ramekin.
  6. Divide the jam, syrup or honey between the two ramekins and spread it evenly on the bottom of each ramekin.
  7. Divide the batter between the two ramekins.
  8. Place the ramekins in the Steamer and steam for about 15 minutes.
  9. When the timer rings, remove the ramekins from the steamer with protective gloves.
  10. Serve hot, at room temperature or cold with custard, cream or ice-cream.

2 servings

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Steamed Lemon Pudding

Source: Jeanri Verster