Tuesday, December 3, 2013

South African Lekker Pudding

We love making foods from other countries at Christmas.  One of our favorites is this one from Africa.   We discovered it after doing a Christmas Around the World project a few years ago.    It seemed the obvious pick since Hannah and Uncle Larry did their missions work there and one of our close friends grew up in South Africa. Our friend introduced us to Lekker Pudding. Lekker Pudding is a traditional Christmas treat in South Africa. It is very yummy and very rich. Lekker in Afrikaan simply means "good" and oh my is it!

South African Lekker Pudding

3/4 cup of self-rising flour
1 egg
1 Tbsp apricot jam
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp softened butter
a pinch of salt
a pinch of ground nutmeg
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
Dissolve the baking soda in the milk. Mix all the other ingredients together well, then add the milk and mix well until smooth. Pour into a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 or until a skewer comes out clean.
Place all the ingredients for the syrup in a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Serve pudding warm with generous amounts of syrup.

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Note:  I use Lipton Onion Soup mix for a lot of recipes.  Now that I have a quick and easy recipe I will never wonder if I have any of those packets anymore! 

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3/4 c. Dried minced onion
1/3 c. beef bouillon granules
4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed celery seed
1/4 tsp sugar

Combine all ingredients.  Seal in a ziploc or vacuum seal jar. Approximate 5 Tbs of mix equals one envelope (1 1/4 oz).

To make onion dip:

5 Tbs. Prepared Mix
1 pint Sour Cream

Blend well, refrigerate for at least an hour.