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September 5, 2012

South-African TIPSY Tart

I Have noticed lately there are many people on Pinterest who have boards allocated to SOUTH-AFRICAN recipes.

Today's post would have been a savory recipe as well as this sweet recipe I am sharing here .. but late this afternoon we decided to take my doggie girl, Chichi, to the vet. {take-aways from the Colonel then}...

She hasn't been well for a while now and lately she was getting worse. It started a few weeks after our dogs were all poisoned (except Chichi) in April this year. Peki, our Pekingese, and Demon, our Jack Russel died that night. You can read about it HERE. 

Chichi started to slowly withdraw herself, is scared of loud noises or too many people around. At first we thought it would go away after a while, when it didn't, we got puppy Rex as a playfriend for her and it seemed to help for a month or so. She started having all sorts of problems again during the past few weeks and today I told Roy, that's it, we're taking her to the vet. Ok, so the doctor reckons it is definitely some sort of depression - we got some meds and if that does not work we have to take her to a Behavioural  Specialist!    

Enough said, I only hope she will get better.

Fortunately, I baked this Tart this morning already. It is also known as "Cape Brandy Tart" in South-Africa. There are many variations on this recipe, but this is the basic and most well-known.

This tart can be served warm or cold, whichever way, it is delicious.


250g Pitted Dates, chopped
1 t Baking Soda
1 cup Boiling Water
125g Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Extra-Large Eggs
1 1/2 cups Cake Flour
2 t Baking Powder
Pinch Salt
50g Pecan Nuts, chopped
Whole Pecan Nuts, (to decorate - optional)

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Boiling Water
1 TB Butter
1/2 cup Brandy
1 t Vanilla Essence

1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a 20 x 30cm oven dish with Spray 'N Cook.
2.) Mix the Dates, Boiling Water and Baking Soda - let stand at least 5 - 8 minutes.
3.) Meanwhile, beat the Butter and Sugar until creamy - add the Eggs and beat well.
4.) Sift together the Cake Flour, Baking Powder and Salt - add to the Butter mixture and stir until combined.
5.) Add the chopped Pecan Nuts and the Date mixture to the batter - stir until well mixed.
6.) Transfer batter to the prepared oven dish - place a few whole Pecan Nuts on top (if using) and bake for 50 - 60 minutes (this tart does turn very dark - it should feel spongy when lightly tapped).
7.) Remove from the oven and prick with a fork.
8.) Bring the Sugar, Boiling Water and Butter to boiling point - the Sugar must be dissolved - let simmer for a few minutes and then add the Brandy and Vanilla - bring to boil again and remove from heat.
9.) Pour the hot Syrup over the tart and let stand until all the liquid has soaked into the tart - serve warm or let it cool completely and serve with Whipped cream or Ice Cream.

Just removed from the oven and pricked with a fork.
Pour the hot sauce over the hot tart and let it soak through.
Let it stand to do it's magic!

It is not called "TIPSY" for no reason {whink} !

Ciao for now,

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  1. Yummy! When I bake with dates, I have to buy double, because I keep eating them.

  2. Oh this looks amazing, I love seeing traditional dishes, thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. I look forward to following your life in South Africa :)

  3. Gorgeous. Think I will try it. Linking from mighty crafty monday

  4. I sure hope chichi will feel better! I loved to see this SA specialty!

  5. Linda,
    Praying for Chichi to get better. As an pet owner I KNOW we all treat them like our kids (sometimes better, lol) and are hurt when they hurt.

    This looks super yummy! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  6. This is the first South African recipe I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

  7. YUM!!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We love getting to see your new projects and ideas each week! Have an awesome weekend!! :)

  8. This sounds wonderful...lovin' the dates and brandy! I hope ChiChi is better soon.

  9. Sounds delicious - Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays! Hope ChiChi is better very soon.

  10. Looks so rich and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This looks so delicious! This is definitely on my to make list. :)

  12. Another delicious recipe to try! Thanks for sharing all of these great South-African desserts with us!

  13. Wow, this looks so good. I love that you are sharing so many of your favorite treats. And I hope your puppus feels better soon. Willow was very ill not too long ago and I know how helpless you feel when you don't know what is wrong. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  14. Another great dessert, Linda. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  15. Hi Linda,
    This tart looks beautiful. I hope that your dog is okay. Poor baby. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.

  16. MMMMM -- love dates and this sounds wonderful. Hope Chichi is doing better. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  17. yummy yum! I Want to try this recipe. Sorry to hear about your pups. Hoping everything is better with them.


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