For the Love of Nostalgia – The Dessert that’s Delighted for Three Generations

Otto de Jager was left a family legacy in form of a recipe book, handwritten by his mother, for his 30th birthday. 

It’s a beautiful, leather-bound volume of love… 

This treasure trove of traditions from an Afrikaans Kitchen showcases decades of a mother’s instinct to nurture and inspire.  From the dusty Karoo where his mother was born, to the vast grasslands of the Transvaal, where his father practised as a family doctor, vivid memories have been recorded in these recipes.

Otto recently visited Makweti to share one or two recipes with Chef Phillip Nthai, and particularly some favourites from his mother, Sheila.  

The recipe selected was first recorded by his grandmother, and then his mother, as a favourite of each.  We now share this decadent creation, with the fondest of Otto’s memories, with Makweti’s guests.

A regular guest at Makweti, Otto is a leader in the Eventing Business:  www.odjevents.com

“Makweti is where my soul finds peace.  I love it more,  each time I return”

Otto, January 2021

Sheila De Jager’s Citrus Dessert

  • 250 ml Sugar
  • 62.5 ml Cake Flour
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • 190 ml Orange Juice
  • 30 ml Butter, melted
  • 1 Rind of one Orange, grated

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Beat the egg yolks then fold in the sugar. Add the flour and milk alternately. Add the lemon juice, orange juice, grated rind and melted butter.

Beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the mixture. Turn the batter into a greased, fireproof baking dish, place in a pan of hot water and bake for 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. The pudding will form a delicate crust on top and a sauce underneath.

Serve and enjoy! 

Chef’s note: Clementines make a delicious alternative to oranges.

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