Potato Bake

A potato bake is always a yummy side dish for a braai (barbecue) and there are no limits to ingredients you can add to personalise it.  I often use this recipe for winter braais when a salad just won’t do in the cold weather.

Potato Bake

Ingredients

4 large potatoes
1 packet cream of mushroom soup powder
2 garlic cloves crushed
1ml salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1ml mustard powder
250ml cream
125ml milk
2 onions sliced and fried
1 packet bacon chopped and fried
250ml grated cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes in their jackets until just done.  Peel and slice.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Mix together the soup, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard powder, cream and milk.
  4. Layer the potatoes in a casserole dish alternatively with the onions, bacon and the cream mixture.
  5. Top with the grated cheese and bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.


Nestle Cocoa Cupcakes

Not that I need another chocolate cake recipe in my arsenal BUT I just had to try the recipe which I found on the back of a Nestle cocoa wrapper and naturally turned them into cupcakes.  They were light, soft and spongy.  I was undecided on how to dress these airy treats – icing, glaze, caramel, whipped cream, jam, crunchy peanut butter, then I thought about a light dusting of icing sugar served with a scoop of ice cream would make a nice dessert.  Turns out our ate them undressed.

Nestle Cocoa Cupcakes

Ingredients

60ml cocoa
125ml hot water
250ml flour
10 ml baking powder
2.5ml salt
3 eggs seperated
60ml oil
220ml sugar
5ml vanilla essence

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the cocoa with the water and allow to cool.
  3. Sift the flour baking powder and salt together.
  4. Combine the egg yolks, oil, sugar, vanilla essence and cocoa mixture
  5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix though.
  6. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold gently into the cocoa mixture.
  7. Divide the mixture into 12 muffin tins lined with paper cases.
  8. Bakes for 12 to 15 minutes.

To Microwave – I did not try this metod

  1. Pour the mixture into a 21cm plastic ring mould.
  2. Microwave on medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes.