I thought I would use this significant time as a way to start a series of posts on South African Recipes. Ive been wanting to share these with you for a while, so now is the perfect time. I am a very proud South African. I also get very very excited if I meet any new South Africans, so if you know of any..please send them my way!!
The recipes Im sharing come from one of my most favourite books titled, 'African Salad, a portrait of South African's at home'. I havn't tried all of them, and the ones I have I will tell you about in a bit more detail. The photos in this book make me so happy, they include a hand written recipe by the family and usually a photo of the family or their home. Its so personal, and if I need a bit of Home, I have a look at this book. I will just start with the first page and make my way through over a series of posts! Enjoy!
You will need:
5 baking tins
small to medium sized pot
pinch of sugar
1 potato, finely sliced
about 2 handfuls brown flour
about 4 litres of water
about 5 kg white bread flour
small handful of course salt
For the yeast, lay the potato slices on the bottom of the pot. Add the salt and sugar. Pour boiling water over the potato until the water level reaches the pot handles. Now add the brown flour to the level of the pot rim. Do not stir. Make 3 deep holes in the flour with a knife. Cover with the leaven blanket and leave for 1 day to rise.
When the yeast has risen, set aside a jug of water that is hot but not boiling. Place the white flour in the basin with the course salt. To this add some of the potato yeast and a generous splash of water. Knead together. Add more potato yeast and water and repeat, kneading all the time, until the potato yeast is finished, and the dough is no longer sticky.
Do not add water too quickly or the dough will be runny. Cover again with the leaven blanket, and leave to rise for 2 hours, until the dough fills the basin. Place it in the greased baking tins. Cover again and leave to rise until it fills the tins. Bake at 180C for 1 1/4 hours.
Chefs tip: A leaven blanket is a piece of cloth, traditionally made out of baby blankets and cut up for use in baking.
I don't know if you will try this recipe, but if you do, let me know. Aren't the photos lovely!
See you soon with another recipe, as well as a tribute post to Japan, as it been 2 years since my holiday there! Oh, and ive been baking birthday cakes, so lots to chat about!
Tomorrow (sunday 9th june) is the last day to sign up for the Button Swap, so if you havnt already, now is the time! We have people from all over the world joining, it's so exciting!!