To follow is a recipe for a rather well-known South African dessert. It is so easy to make and a perfect way to end a nice braai! Most people look at me strangely when I say that the main ingredient of this little gem is coffee creamer/whitener…then they taste it and apologise for being rude about my South African pudding!
The name is derived from the name of a coffee creamer (Cremora) available in South Africa and made by Nestle. I have searched high and low in Australia and cannot find it. What does work (but is just doesn’t taste the same as what I am used to) is Coffee Mate. So you Aussies out their (myself included) will have to settle for that, unless you buy some of the good stuff from a South African store (of which their are many all over Australia).
The second “missing ingredient” is the famous “Tennis Biscuit”! Tennis biscuits are a kind of staple recipe ingredient in South Africa and I miss them so much. I cannot find an Australian substitute for these coconut wonders, but have been forced to use either Arnotts Coconut Delights or Nice Biscuits (or a combination of the two).
250g Coffee Mate (If you are lucky enough to get your hands on Cremora, use that!)
1 tin Condensed Milk
½ cup Lemon Juice
1 cup Boiling Water
1 pkt Nice Biscuits (Tennis Biscuits, in South Africa), crushed
3 tbs butter (more if required), melted
Mix Coffee Mate / Cremora with boiling water until dissolved
Place this mixture in the fridge for about 2 hours (I only chill it for about a half-hour)
Take out of fridge & beat until thick
Add condensed milk & lemon juice to thickened mixture. Mix well with electric mixer
Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter (add more butter is required)
Line a dish with the buttered crushed biscuits
Refrigerate until set (best the day after!)
Strawberry Cremora Tart
For a strawberry variation (you can use any tinned fruit. Pineapple is another firm favourite!):
1 tin Strawberries (save juice for topping)
1 tsp cornstarch (Maizena in South Africa)
Separate the strawberries from the juice
Mix the strawberries in with the condensed milk and Coffee Mate mixture just before pouring it onto the biscuit layer
Add cornstarch to the strawberry juice & boil until mixture is clear
Once cool pour over tart
**Afrikaans version of the recipe is here.
This pudding is easily doubled (I made it for Michael’s massive family over Christmas and there was still some left over!!). I made the strawberry version and sprinkled some shaved white chocolate on the top and everyone really enjoyed it.
So please give it a go and let me know what you think!