Deliciously Decadent Desserts

Don't dish up huge helpings as this is quite rich, but you'll be the most popular person at the barbecue.
Don't dish up huge helpings as this is quite rich, but you'll be the most popular person at the barbecue.

Transkei Mud Pudding

This fridge tart is a South African classic. Easy to make, decadently delicious and great to serve at a barbecue. It's got its name from the Transkei mud which is the same orangey brown colour.

Okay, this is what you need to have in the cupboard:

  • 1 Tin Condensed Milk - caremelised (boil the unopened tin in a large pan of water for 1,5 hours or alternatively just buy a can of caramel if you can get it
  • 1 cup Double Cream
  • 1 packet Digestive Biscuits or Tennis biscuits if you can get them
  • Mint Chocolate or Pepermint Crisp

Here's what you have to do with the goodies:

  • whisk double cream until it has thickened
  • slowly add condensed milk
  • mix thoroughly
  • grate 4-6 pieces mint choc into the mixture
  • layer dish with biscuits and then the cream mixture (try at least 3 layers of each)
  • Chill overnight
  • garnish with grated mint chocolate

You'll keep looking for excuses to make this!
You'll keep looking for excuses to make this!

Brilliant Bread Pudding

This is my family speciality.  Even my brothers can make it.  Easy to conjure up quickly if you have uninvited guests dropping by for dinner and you want to impress them with your culinary skills.

This is what you have to scrounge in the kitchen:

  • 2 cans condensed milk
  • 10 slices bread
  • butter or marge for spreading
  • 2 cans boiling water (just pour the water into the empty condensed milk cans)
  • 3 eggs
  • vanilla essence or some orange esence if you want a citrussy flavour

This is what you have to do with the goodies:

  • lightly butter both sides of the slices of bread
  • cut off the crusts and dice the slices into small squares
  • grease a baking dish and put the oven onto about 180 degrees celsius
  • throw the bread squares into the greased dish so it covers the dish quite evenly
  • mix together in another bowl the condensed milk, boiling water, eggs and essence
  • pour the liquidy mixture over the bread squares
  • you can sprinkle a little cinnamon on if you want
  • put into the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown
  • serve just like that or with cream or ice cream or custard

Feel your taste buds gyrate with orgasmic delight at a mouthful of this beauty!
Feel your taste buds gyrate with orgasmic delight at a mouthful of this beauty!

Marvellous Malva Pudding

This is another South African classic dessert, best on cold nights with a glass of South African port, with the fire raging in the fireplace, the kids asleep in their rooms, the sheepskin rug on the floor...

This is what you need to have in your kitchen:

For the Cake part

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup milk

For the saucy Sauce

  • 1 cup whipping cream (not whipped cause we not into that kinky stuff)
  • 6 ounces butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water

This is what you have to do to make this veritable delight:

Beat the egg and sugar well in a mixer. Add the jam, sifted flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Melt the butter and add the vinegar. Add liquids to egg mixture alternately with the flour. Beat well and bake in a COVERED dish (that means it should have a lid) at 350F for 45 minute to 1 hour. It is important to use a covered dish otherwise the sauce won't soak into cake.

Melt together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the pudding as it comes out of the oven. Serve with the whipping cream or icecream. Man oh man, you will succumb to the pleasures of the taste sensations going on inside your mouth.

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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

I absolutely love bread pudding. Makes me want to go and make some now. In fact I might just do that.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

This bread pudding recipe is the best!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I'm not good at baking nor no-bake pie making but I can cook a mean meal. I just hate the measuring part - it takes away the art and bring on the science. but that's just me, of course :D

Yumm-e!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

That's why that bread puding is easy to make as no real measuring, or the mud pudding! Try it with one of your mean meals!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

If your brother can make the bread pudding, I guess I can too! :)

They all sound great cindy!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

They are delicious, I have to admit. Made an apple crumble served with hot pouring custard tonight. Could have put that in as well lol


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

These desserts all sound great. I will definitely give some a try. I made a white chocolate bread pudding once and it was fantastic. I don't know why I haven't made it again.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

the one with the peppermint crisp is ideal for summer


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Can I ask what "Disgestive or Tennis Biscuits" are?

These look really good. I've never made bread pudding, but I just may try it now.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Not sure how to describe digestives but you can get them anywhere. They often sell them as chocolate digestives with the chocolate only on the one side. Don't use those. Tennis biscuits contain a little coconut. I made the Transkei Mud yesterday for my BBQ and used Marie biscuits. It was out of this world and I think even better than with the tennis biscuits. Basically, use any biscuits that you'd normally use for afridge tart.


Adoring daughter 7 years ago

I've been lookin for a great and simple dessert for my moms birthday and i think the fridge tart will do and it goes with my budget, thanks for the great recipe.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Yeah, AD, very simple and cheap to make. You can also use rum and raisin chocolate instead of the peppermint crisp.


sir alan sugar 7 years ago

I don't think these are up to my standard!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Depends on if it's for entertaining or for your family I guess, but I've had success with them for family and entertaining. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Anuradha 6 years ago

Hi,

The biscuits in the pudding start floating once the cream is added..am I doing something worng?


Anuradha 6 years ago

Also, the condensed milk when caramelized for 1,5 hrs becomes very thick as opposed to the one shown in the picture..How much does it need to be caramelized to?


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

I've never had the problem with the cream mixture. You are adding the cream to the caramel? What I sometimes do, is boil the condensed milk for a shorter time so that it is only just caramelized, then I add in the cream and a box of Butterscotch or Caramel instant pudding. Mix that all together, then spoon that mixture on top of the biscuits. try it that way! It is delicious either way.


Anuradha 6 years ago

Thanks..and what's the ideal temperature to bake the bread pudding at?


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Anuradha, try at about 180 celcius


Gracelyn 20 months ago

The voice of raiytnaloti! Good to hear from you.

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