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Newsletter #36  - November 9, 2002

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I would like to do a page on my site comparing how one dish is prepared in different countries. I decided on STEW. Stew must surely be prepared all over the world and each country or region should have a traditional way of doing it, so could you please 
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a stew recipe unique to your part of the world and I will combine them all on one page! Should be interesting to see what comes up!

I am also working on a page with 18th century South African recipes which should be ready soon. Still doing some research!

It was easy to decide on recipes for this issue, in fact, its nearly too late to bake that Christmas cake, how time flies!! And then I also have a Christmas Pudding recipe, so get baking!!

Oh, and before I forget, please go try out my new search engine and look for more South African recipes on the Web! See Featured page below! Thanx!!

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The Recipes
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  Christmas cake 

500 g dates, shredded 
1 kg fruitcake mix 
200 ml brandy 
450 g butter, at room temperature 
475 ml soft brown sugar 
9 extra-large eggs 
600 g cake flour 
5 ml bicarbonate of soda 
5 ml salt 
2 ml ground cloves 
2 ml ground cinnamon 
2 ml ground nutmeg 
5 ml cocoa 
50 ml ginger preserve syrup 
125 g ginger preserve, finely chopped 
100 g walnuts, chopped 
1 lemon, grated rind 
250 g maraschino cherries OR glacÚ cherries, halved and lightly dredged with flour 
65 ml brandy 

Soak the dates and fruitcake mix overnight in the brandy. Butter two 25 cm cake tins and line with 3 layers of buttered brown paper. Preheat the oven to 120 ║C. Cream the butter and brown sugar together and beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the dry ingredients over the butter mixture. Stir in the ginger syrup and chopped ginger, walnuts and lemon rind. Spoon a layer of the batter into the tins and scatter with some cherries. Repeat the layers of batter and cherries, ending with a layer of batter. Bake for 4 hours until done, remove from the oven and pour the brandy over. Leave to cool in the tins before turning out carefully and wrapping in aluminium foil. Store in an airtight container. Moisten the cakes once every fortnight with a few capfuls of brandy, rewrap and store.

Old-fashioned Christmas pudding 
175 g raisins 
125 g currants 
200 g sultanas 
250 g chopped dates 
125 g mixed peel 
225 g dried apricots, chopped 
300 ml Guinness beer 
60 ml rum 
grated rind and juice of a lemon 
grated rind and juice of an orange 
225 g butter, at room temperature 
350 g soft brown sugar 
1 green apple, cored and grated 
30 ml molasses or treacle 
3 large eggs 
125 g self-raising flour 
5 ml ground mixed spice 
10 ml ground cinnamon 
2 ml freshly grated nutmeg 
10 ml ground ginger 
225 g fresh white breadcrumbs 

Place the raisins, currants, sultantas, dates, mixed peel and apricots into a large mixing bowl. Pour over the beer, rum, lemon rind and juice, and the orange rind and juice. Cover the bowl and set aside to soak overnight. Cream together the butter and sugar until light. Stir in the grated apple and molasses. Beat the eggs in one by one, adding 15 ml self-raising flour to help prevent the mixture from curdling. Fold in the remaining flour and spices. Add the breadcrumbs and gently fold mixture together. Stir in soaked fruit, then all make your wishes. Grease and line 2 x 1 kg pudding basins or 4 x 500 g pudding basins. Spoon in the mixture. Cut round lids out of doubled greaseproof paper, allowing a little overhang. Fold a 1 cm pleat down the centres of the greaseproof circles and cover basins, tying in place with string under rim. Pleat a piece of foil or muslin in the same way and secure over basins. Steam for 4 hours, topping up with boiling water as required, or cook in a pressure cooker for 2 hours. Store pudding until needed, then steam for a further 2-4 hours, or 2 hours in a pressure cooker. Serves: 24 Preparation time: 30 minutes plus soaking overnight Cooking time: 4 hours, plus reheating 



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