Christmas time means lots of fruit and vegetables
I love Christmas. I love the preparations and secret gift-buying and wrapping that goes with Christmas. And while most people are wilting in the hot African sun at this time of the year, I thrive on it. Oh I feel a little hot, but it doesn’t get me down. The weather, school holidays, shops lit up, bright and colourful with Christmas decorations, families visiting together; all reminds me of my childhood.
This weekend my older son, daughter-in-law and our precious grandchildren are visiting us. They are unable to join us at Christmas time, so we’re enjoying quality time together. This morning my grandchildren and I will decorate the Christmas tree and string up the lights. Yesterday I wrapped the gifts so that I can sneak them to my son without the children seeing and he hides them in his car.
South African Soetkoekies (sweet biscuits) ready for the oven
Last night I baked South African Soetkoekies. (Translated Sweet Biscuits) while my husband made a delicious stir-fry for dinner. (I was too busy baking to photograph his dish!) Soetkoekies are crispy biscuits which need to be dunked in a cup of tea. However, because of the amount of real butter, it is a delicious, creamy and sweet biscuit.
Soetkoekies are delicious dipped in tea
I cannot remember the name of the friend who gave me this recipe. All I remember is that the year was 1979 (my younger son was born that year, and I had him in a carrycot when I had tea and biscuits with this lady) Another thing I know, is that I have baked these biscuits many times a year for the past 29 years and every time they are a success.
3 Cups of Sugar
4 Cups of Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
½ lb (250g) Butter, frozen
½ Cup Milk
Combine sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Grate in butter. Rub with finger tips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Beat the egg in ½ cup milk and add to biscuit mixture to bind. Add a little extra flour if too sticky (but take care not to make dough too dry). Roll out biscuit dough thinly, cut with a wine glass and bake on a greased baking tray at 180°C (350°F) for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on the biscuits in the oven; they are ready when they are golden brown.